Joan Kimball, artistic co-director and a founding member of the ensemble, gave herself full time to early music performance in 1980 after a number of years as an educator. In addition to her devotion to the study and performance of historical winds and to her work with Piffaro, Joan continues to feed her passion for education. She teaches recorder and early winds to children and adults, is on the music faculty of The Philadelphia School, an elementary and middle school, where she has a full roster of private recorder students and recorder ensembles, and organizes Piffaro’s educational programs. She has run a residency program at a Philadelphia public elementary school where she taught recorder and percussion to third graders. In addition, Joan travels and gives bagpipe, recorder and double reed classes at music workshops and festivals around the country, including the Madison Early Music Festival and Amherst Early Music Festival. As an important corollary to performing on these instruments, she is a maker of double reeds for Renaissance shawms, dulcians and capped winds, and collaborates with instrument maker Joel Robinson of Portland OR on the construction of Medieval and Renaissance bagpipes.