Jo Ann C. Dalisay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music (piano performance) from Mount Allison University and her Master’s Degree in Music (piano performance) from the University of Victoria. Her principal teachers were Vladimir Levtov, Patricia Elliot, Sofia Mashovich and Arthur Rowe. In addition, she has performed in masterclasses taught by renowned artists including Kathleen Supove, Robert Levin and Karl Schnabel. As a student, Jo Ann performed with the U.Vic. Orchestra under the baton of Janos Sandor. She also played in chamber ensembles specializing in contemporary music in U.Vic. Sonic Lab Productions under the direction of Christopher Butterfield. As a soloist, Jo Ann has performed across the country. She has played and premiered works of several new composers such as Nicole Burgess, Ian de Hoog, Alisdair Zacks, John Cole, Andrij Talpash and Benjamin Keen.
Jo Ann has taught since 1983 in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia. Her students have participated in recitals, music festivals, Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and have continued to study music at post secondary institutions. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Jo Ann was on faculty at University Settlement Music School in Toronto. As a graduate student at U.Vic., she was a teaching assistant to the piano department. There she prepared undergraduate students for year-end performance exams. Jo Ann currently runs her own private teaching studio. She is a member of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association.