TOC Accompanist: Joan Hatley

Joan Hatley began her piano study in Tulsa with Georgann Gasaway and continued at Phillips University in Enid, where she studied piano with Dr. Nelson and organ with Dr. Eugene Ulrich. She completed the degree Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Dr. Edward Gates.

Hatley resides in Tulsa and has taught piano here since 1981. She is the parateacher in the French 5th grade at Eisenhower International School. She has traveled to schools throughout Oklahoma as accompanist for Tulsa Opera’s educational programs, and has directed the music for nearly three dozen Tulsa productions, including West Side Story, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, and most recently, Oklahoma! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

As season accompanist for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Brown Bag It recital series since 1988, Joan has accompanied some of Tulsa’s finest musicians. Along with duo-partner Mary Sallee, Joan has performed many recitals throughout the region of music for both one and two pianos. The duo was selected to perform a showcase recital at the OK Mozart Festival in June 2003.

On the music staff at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Ms. Hatley directs two children’s choirs: the Academy Cherubs and the Academy Choraliers.

Joan has been an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity since 1980, and currently serves the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter as Vice President of Ritual, and at the national level as Chairman of the Member Laureate Committee. She has been awarded the Sword of Honor, and was a featured performer at the SAI National Centennial Convention in 2003. Her composition, “Be Thinking,” is published in the SAI Supplemental Songbook. She has been the TOC accompanist since 2002.

Joan’s choral accompanying experience began with her 7th grade chorus, and continued through two years as Oklahoma All-State accompanist, under Paul Salamonovich and Doug McKuen. She accompanied the University of Oklahoma Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Dennis Shrock. Perhaps her most significant influence in the world of choral music has been Dr. Marilyn Carver, her mother.

Joan is the mother of two teenage boys: Dylan and Jonathan.