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Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer, Artistic Director and founder of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, attended Smith College, graduated from Barnard College, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University, where she was a Clarence Barker Fellow. She has been a music critic for The New York Post and has written articles about music for The New York Times, Opera News, Stagebill, Keynote, The Greenwich Time and other publications. Her program notes have appeared at concerts at Mostly Mozart, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and elsewhere.

At The New School for Social Research, Dr. Kretschmer created and hosted Musicians on Music, a series of interviews with artists Daniel Barenboim, Victor Borge, the Guarneri String Quartet, Marilyn Horne, Zubin Mehta, Birgit Nilsson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Peter Schickele, André Watts, Robert Merrill, and others. She has taught at The Juilliard School and lectured at the SUNY at Purchase and for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. At Yale University, she directed an Oral History of Electronics in Music, a collection of interviews with significant innovators in twentieth-century musical life. In addition to writing scripts for radio and national broadcasts of The Richard Tucker Gala, she hosted Upbeat, her own classical music radio show.

A grateful student of pianist Jascha Zayde, she has performed with wind and string players from the New York Philharmonic, including Joseph Robinson, Principal Oboe, and Sheryl Staples, Principal Associate Concert Master.

She was the music consultant on the award-winning film "Le Refuge" by writer/director Elliot Thomson and for Vincent Van Gogh: A Portrait in Two Parts. Joan is the author of Michelangela and Debuts, a book of short stories, and other works. As an active educator, she gives piano lessons and music classes to all age groups in her studio near Lincoln Center.

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Dr Joan Kretschmer - A History of the German Opera from Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center on Vimeo.


A short "master-class" by Joan Kretchmer. Recorded for Lyric Chamber Music Society's "2020 HOME MUSIC FESTIVAL" during the Coronavirus Social Distance period.

Joan Kretschmer playing The Prelude in C Major from J.S. Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 1. Recorded for Lyric Chamber Music Society's "2020 HOME MUSIC FESTIVAL" during the Coronavirus Social Distance period.

Joan speaks to a Manhattan Book Club. Joan is happy to share her journey with YONA at community book group discussions and classrooms in the Manhattan area. If there is a piano available, she can even demonstrate the magical uplift of music!


Joan is a featured speaker, discussing YONA, at an alumnae panel at Barnard College.


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Yona by Joan Thomson Kretschmer


Title:
YONA: Discoveries, Doorways, and Musical Superpower

Author:
Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer

13-Digit ISBN:
978-1-941049-84-6

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6" x 9" Perfect Bound; 264 Pages

Publication Date:
May 13, 2018

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$17.95

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Michelangela and Debuts: by Joan Thomson Kretschmer

Title:
Michelangela and Debuts: Discovering the Self

Author:
Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer

13-Digit ISBN:
978-1941049761

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5.25" x 8" Perfect Bound; 70 Pages

Publication Date:
May 13, 2018

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Yona Goes To The Magic Flute


Title:
Yona Goes to The Magic Flute

Author:
Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer

13-Digit ISBN:
978-1-941049-27-3

Specs:
8"x 10" Four-Color Perfect Bound

Publication Date:
August 16, 2021

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Michelangela and Debuts: by Joan Thomson Kretschmer

Title:
A Thanksgiving Tale: Blue Paws on Main Street

Author:
Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer

13-Digit ISBN:
978-1-956823-02-8

Specs:
5.25" x 8" Perfect Bound; 120 Pages

Publication Date:
November 3, 2021

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