Dr. Joani Somppi Brandon serves as a professor of music, teaching music education general/choral methods and the Anderson University Women’s Chorus. Dr. Brandon is the former director of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir Chorale (1999-2011). The nine years prior, Dr. Brandon taught music at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. She previously served as a middle school choral director for three years in Wilmington, Ohio, where she received the Sallie Mae First-Year Teacher of the Year award and was in the top 10 first-year teachers in the state of Ohio.
Dr. Brandon completed her bachelor of arts degree in music education and piano performance, with honors in music and education, from Anderson University in 1987. In 1995, she completed her master’s degree in music education from Butler University where she studied conducting and children’s choir methods with Henry Leck, director emeritus of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Dr. Brandon has also studied conducting at the Choral Music Institute with Doreen Rao and Barbara Tagg. She has Kodaly Certification from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford (Connecticut), along with Orff Schulwerk Certification and Dalcroze training from Anderson University, where she also serves as the program director for the Summer Studies in Music Education program, featuring Orff Schulwerk, Feierabend, and Dalcroze summer courses.
She completed her doctor of musical arts degree in 2013 from Boston University, and her research interests include teacher training in elementary music education methodologies. She has worked with all ages of singers from early elementary to adults and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor. Dr. Brandon is a member of the national and state chapters of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is past repertoire chair of the Elementary and Middle School Divisions for the Indiana School Music Association. She is a former national president of the Feierabend Association for Music Education. She is actively involved in church music at Park Place Church of God, where she serves as sanctuary choir director. Dr. Brandon and her husband Chris Luekenga have two grown sons, Jonathon and James.
Joani Brandon has been at Anderson University since 1999.
Dr. Joani Brandon
Professor of Music
Director of Women's Chorus
BA, Anderson University
MM, Butler University
DMA, Boston University