Hello, my name is Joannah Lodico, and I believe that music and the performing arts transform people’s lives. And because of this belief, I have pursued the arts, as a singer and art administrator. My mission is to not only express myself through music, but work behind-the-scenes to bring music and the arts to all people for the opportunity for transformation. Everything I have pursued, educationally and professionally, has led to this mission.
MUSIC & THE ARTS
I have had a love of music and the arts since a young age. In high school my own life was transformed through the power of music which got me through difficult times. Because of this passion and experience, I pursued my undergraduate degree in music, focused on vocal performance, and minored in history.
I became fascinated with the intricate details of composer’s lives; what influenced their music personally and culturally. Over time I came to realize that I not only enjoyed studying the history of all genres and styles of music, but also the history of all forms of artistic expression, especially in cultures.
I believe God is the ultimate artist. We are His art and an expression of His image. We are creative and artistic like our creator. We are relational beings. Through the arts we communicate to God and to each other. The arts are venues where we come face to face with ourselves, express our souls, and can experience transformation.
After graduating from college, I realized that I wanted to work in an artistic environment where I could help further the arts and bring about opportunity for transformation. I pursued my master of arts in art administration from the University of Michigan – Flint. I completed two internships, one with International Arts Movement (IAM) in New York City, founded by the contemporary artist, Makoto Fujimura; and the other with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Department of Performing Arts that presents classical and world music, dance, and other contemporary performances.
I believe an art administrator’s mission is to fully understand and execute the business and administrative side of the arts so as to create an environment of open and nurtured conversation and authentic artistic expression which creates opportunity for personal transformation through the arts. I have continued to gain knowledge and experience through various educational and professional pursuits. I started my own publishing company after I wrote and recorded a song for a friend’s indie film. I produced two of my own vocal concerts, a local Shakespeare company’s first production, and have booked various musical artists to perform in my home and at the art organization I currently work at as an office manager. Two of the artists I booked I met through the Arts Midwest Conference. I recently completed the Certified Performing Arts Executive Program for Presenters, Agents, and Artists' Managers provided through NAPAMA (which I am a member) and the University of New Orleans.
I am someone who constantly wants to learn, reflect, and creatively implement what I take in and process personally and professionally. When I am moved and excited about something, I make it happen. I enjoy discovering music and performers, both timeless and new, and sharing what I find with those around me. This is why I want to be a music/performing arts presenter and singer. I am excited for what the future holds and am ready for new and creative ventures where I can create opportunity for transformation.