Anna Joiner

Anna Joiner

Visiting Associate Professor Music - Viola, Chamber Music, and String Education

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Anna Barbrey Joiner is a highly respected artist and educator who has performed with orchestras in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and participated in the Aspen, Brevard, and Sarasota summer music festivals. She has presented and co-authored research for international conferences in Chicago and Japan and written articles for numerous journals including The American String Teacher and American Suzuki Journal.

Before returning to her alma mater in 1994, Joiner was associate professor of viola, director of the Pre-College Division, and violist with the Franklin String Quartet at the University of Georgia School of Music. She often performs with her violinist husband, Thomas, as The Joiner Duo. In 1992 and 1994, the duo served as artists-in-residence at the Universidade de Rio Grande de Sul and performed with the Orquestra da Camera Theatre Sao Pedro in South America. The Joiner Duo presented a New York recital and released a CD entitled "Intermezzo" in 2000. For more than two decades, she was an artist-faculty member at the Brevard Music Center.


  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Brevard Music Center (2009)
  • President, Suzuki Association of South Carolina (1996-98)
  • Prizewinner, Atlanta Pro-Mozart Society Competition (1988)


  • D.M., Florida State University
  • M.M.E., Florida State University
  • M.M., Florida State University
  • B.M., Furman University

Training Under:

  • Gerardo Ribiero, Karen Clarke and Rainer Moeckel, Florida State University
  • Dan Boda, Furman University


The study of music in a liberal arts university like Furman teaches critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and honest inquiry while developing an awareness of the connections between disciplines. My goal as a teacher is to stay open-minded and try to wake up the imagination of each student. I hope to motivate students to grow personally and musically in a nurturing environment, which will enable them to one day, contribute positively to a community through music or any chosen field.