Joan McConnell

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Brenneman Music Hall


Adjunct Instructor of Organ and Music Theory

School of Music & Theatre


MM, University of Cincinnati

MA, University of Notre Dame

BMus, Wittenberg University


Joan Holder McConnell teaches music theory and organ for the School of Music, and serves as a staff accompanist. Her degrees include the master’s in organ performance (University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music) and the bachelor’s in Church Music (Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio and Berliner Kirchenmusikschule, Germany). She has studied with Trudy Faber, Richard Benedum, David Mulbury and Karl Hochreither. In addition to these music studies, she earned a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Students who have studied organ with Mrs. McConnell have gone on to build careers as church musicians and teachers and have taken master’s degree study in sacred music and music therapy.

Mrs. McConnell is the organist and music coordinator at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin and has a special interest in supporting the training of organists for work in the church. In addition to her teaching duties at Heidelberg, she has worked with several adult organ students in Tiffin and surrounding communities. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists. Having served a two-year term as dean of the Toledo Chapter, she continues in the role of Membership Chair.

  • Organist and music coordinator at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin
  • Member, American Guild of Organists, serving as Membership Chair of the Toledo Chapter
  • Guest Artist Recital, April 2017, on the historic Hook & Hastings organ, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Kenton, Ohio
  • Guest Artist Recital, May 2015, First English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana

MUS 121-122: Music Theory I-II
MUS 223-224: Aural Training III-IV
MUS 339-340: Piano for Composition
MUS 091-092: Piano Proficiency Review
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