Orem director Joanna Blackburn really loves the Up With Kids program and its mission. She has worked with her sister Jenn Baird and has grown to love the people involved.
Joanna, born and raised in the Orem-Provo area, has recently graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Music from UVU, after being on a performance scholarship and finalist in the concerto competition. She performs in solo recitals vocally as well as on the violin. She participated in the UVU honors Jazz Octet and the Masterworks Choral and Chamber Choir, touring with them in San Francisco and Washington DC. She enjoys teaching choir groups and private violin lessons. Her love of teaching comes from the enthusiasm of the children and their ability and openness to learn and try their best. To see the eyes of the children light up when they see their improvements is the most rewarding thing!
Joanna believes that every child can! She believes that having music in their lives will give young people the confidence and achievement that will boost their self esteem and help them to be better people!