Before moving to Madison in 2017, Johanna was a freelance harpist in New York City and Toronto and has had opportunities to perform with orchestras all over the United States and Canada. She is an avid performer of both the standard symphonic repertoire as well as contemporary music, having been called to perform with numerous contemporary ensembles in New York. She has recorded for musical artists of other genres and has been featured on hip-hop, pop, and folk albums.
In addition to her life as a performer, Johanna is a passionate harp teacher and enjoys passing on the lessons and technique she has learned to the next generation of harpists. She is interested in broadening the classical canon and encourages students to explore a diverse selection of repertoire. A lover of yoga, movement, and the outdoors, she believes in spreading her love of musical expression through a relaxed and total use of the body. When Johanna isn’t behind a harp, you can find her outside in her garden with her husband and rescue dog, Laney.