Joanne Wu attended University of the Pacific for her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance where she was the recipient of several scholarships.
Joanne began her piano studies at the age of three and violin at age nine. Her primary teachers were Betty Metzger and Vicki Tognozzi. These experiences, along with her involvement in the Sacramento Youth Symphony, immersed her in chamber, orchestral, and solo repertoire from a young age.
At University of the Pacific, Joanne studied violin with Dr. Ann Miller and Igor Veligan, as well as piano with Dr. Sonia Leong. She has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra along with a variety of chamber groups. In 2019, Joanne received an award for outstanding achievement as a member of the University Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in masterclasses with award-winning violinists such as Moni Simeonov and Evan Price as well as world class chamber ensembles, including the Turtle Island, Parker, and Ying Quartets.
Outside of the conservatory, Joanne has been hired to play at many churches and weddings throughout California. In 2016 and 2017, she coached several chamber groups for the American String Teacher Association. Joanne has also been an assistant coach for the Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Workshop for the last few years.
Joanne is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional co-ed music fraternity, where she served as treasurer in 2017.