Joan D’Agostino, Certified Music Arranger (CMA), joined Region 11 of SAI in 1997 as a Baritone. In 2001 she joined ChannelAire Chorus, the current Region 11 champions, where she now sings Bass. She began competing in registered quartets in 2000, performed regionally in five different quartets over the last 14 years, and is currently the Bass with Nova Quartet , a recent regional medal winner. She also sings Bass in a 16-woman a capella singing group, Carpe Diem, based in Carpenteria, CA.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Joan began piano lessons at age 6, began wood-shedding the harmonies to camp songs at age 8, took her first Music Theory and Sight-singing classes from Julliard and NYU music professors at age 11, and began teaching piano (privately, to 7 students) at age 13. In college, she sang classical choir works as a 2nd Alto in the Rutgers University Choir and performed show music in a woman’s a capella double quartet. After receiving her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, she furthered her education as a post-doctoral fellow, joining the Florida State University Choir while there. In the years between the completion of schooling and joining SAI, she sang in community chorales and church choirs in St. Petersburg, FL, Bangor & Bar Harbor, ME, and Malibu & Moorpark, CA. Joan spent her entire professional career as a college and high school science educator and is the recipient of three national science teaching awards.
Since her retirement as Science Department Chair from Malibu High School in 2005, Joan has spent much of her time creating BBS arrangements for women. In 2010, she was awarded an International Music Arrangers Program (IMAP) scholarship from SAI to study BBS arranging in greater depth. She received her Certification as a Music Arranger (CMA) in 2012. Armed with her new passion for arranging, Joan serves as Arranger Education Co-chair on the Region 11 Faculty and as ADP Faculty and Mentor for Region 21. Beyond this, she continues to arrange with every free moment she has.