Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Joan McMillen is the composer for Noh Garden. Here is what she has to say about herself:

One of Joan's earliest memories is of her father tucking her into bed at night, then sitting down besdie her to sing and play his father's guitar. She's been singing, playing piano, composing, teaching, and directing choruses ever since. She has a B.Music degree in piano performance and education, and an M.A. in music history. Joan lived for many years in Menlo Park, CA, where she sang, played piano, taught, directed choruses (and founded one: Voices of the Coming Tribe), and began writing music for plays. Among her song cycles for choruses is one that has traveled the world via CD: Remembering the Way: Ceremony in Honor of the Labyrinth at Chartres. Last year Joan wrote music for, and performed in, a play about Emily Dickinson, Tell It Slant. This October she will perform her own music in a play about Georgia O'Keeffe, Hanging Georgia. In addition to her work as a musician, Joan is a licensed Feldenkrais practitioner. She is very intrigued by the Noh Garden project and delighted to help bring it to life here in Portland.

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