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Joanie as been playing the violin and piano since she was very young. The music she plays is as diverse as her talents. he has performed as concert mistress with the Maui Symphony Orchestra at the Manele Bay Hotel as well as on her sizzling white five string electric violin all over the Hawaiian islands.

She is the founder of P.A.C.E.S., the Performing Arts and Cultural Exchange Studios on the Big Island of Hawaii, a founding member of the Kona Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Ken Staton, and was the first violinist of the String Beings, P.A.C.E.S. resident string quartet.

Joanie began and taught the strings program at the Lokahi Waldorf School in Kealakekua in 1995, starting twenty children on the violin. She also taught violin, piano, and ballet at P.A.C.E.S. and was the artistic director from 1995 until 2001, when she left the islands. In Santa Barbara she started and directed the ukulele and violin programs at Girls, Inc. through JAMS.

Joanie has also performed regularly with the Magic Strings, the Kona Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Maui Symphony, the Salt Lake City Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Kona, and the Channel Island Chamber Orchestra in the classical genre, also in Salt Lake City she played mallets and percussion in the Murray Concert band! Joanie also has performed with Hawaiians Unlimited, Island Rhapsody, The Bomb in SB, the Montecito Jazz Project, and the Ventura Jazz Collective, the 20's band Palace Hot Jazz Society, Shenanigans Irish Band, and the all woman rock and roll band, Tsunami!, in the pop/rock arena, and she frequently can be seen sitting in with Project Monday, a jazz fusion band, at JazzMinds in Honolulu.

In 1997, Joanie and Carl Ray Villaverde created an all new sound with their group Mango, playing primarily traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. They have been appreciated in Hawaiis finest resorts, Hawaiis annual Aloha Festival, as well as in Park City and Salt Lake City during the Olympic winter events 2002, the Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa Barbara and every Friday and Saturday at the Beachside Cafe on Goleta Beach, by UCSB from 2002 - 2006.

In Jan 2007 Mango (Carl and Joanie) released their CD, Hapa Haole Hulas, which was nominated in Contemporary Hawaiian category of the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards. Several hula halaus in Central California frequently call upon Mango to play the music for their performances at the Lobero Theater, Marjorie Luke Theater and the many Hawaiian and Ukulele festivals in California throughout the summer.

Joanie was a founder of the Santa Barbara Ukulele Club, with Paul Halula in 2006. In 2007 Joanie created a jazz combo featuring the electric violin for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, where they performed as Joanie Collins Yummy! jazz combo in the Aqua Bar for a year and a half.

Returning to Kona in 2012, Joanie started a new band - Lilikoi Jam, which performs in both Hawaii and California. It is a collection of versatile and multi talented musicians who play music of all flavors Hawaiian, Jazz, Reggae, Blues and Rock, with an infusion of Latin and Calypso rhythms, - music off the beaten path fun and exciting! Joanie has had the privilege of performing with great entertainers such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Kekuhi Kanahele, Kealii Reichel, and Eugene Fodor.


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