Accompanists

Joanie Ferguson
JOANIE FERGUSON is a drummer, percussionist and composer. Originally from Niles, Michigan, she is currently an improvisational composer and accompanist for the dance programs at Agnes Scott and Emory University. She composed an original score for the Zoetic Dance Ensemble's performance of "Undone" and also composed a piece for a collaboration between Zoetic & Agnes Scott Dance Department, which was performed during Women's History Month at both Agnes Scott and Atlanta's Inman Park Festival. Ferguson also has an extensive background as a touring musician and has shared the stage with many notable musicians, including Sister Hazel, Angie Aparo, Madeski, Martin & Wood, Drivin-n-Cryin, Better Than Ezra, Spin Doctors, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Mother's Finest, Toto, Randy Bachman (BTO) and Blue Oyster Cult, to name a few. Ferguson works regularly with the the band Acoustic Encouragement (www.acousticencouragement.com). She is also a member of the experimental electronic group Interstellar Tones, which is currently signed to Trichome Records.

 


Jane Frackenpohl

JANE FRACKENPOHL is an active pianist/accompanist in the Atlanta area, serving several professional, collegiate, and high school Music, Dance, and Theatre programs. At Agnes Scott College, she has been Ballet Accompanist since 2005, including a collaborative performance at the 2011 Danceworks concert in Presser Hall.  On staff as Organist/Pianist at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Decatur, she regularly accompanies baritone soloist, Riccardo Chiapetta, including a recent recital for the Emory at Oxford concert series. Originally from Minnesota, where she earned her degrees, Jane served as Accompanist and Board Member for the award-winning SE Minnesota Honors Choirs.  She performed six seasons as a Collaborative Pianist at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.  

Recent local performance credits include:  Atlanta Ballet’s The Magic Flute, and Dracula, Cobb Energy Centre; Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Will Rogers’ Follies and Beauty & the Beast, Strand Theatre; Theater of the Stars’ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and White Christmas, Fox Theatre; Tommy Tune’s Dr. Dolittle, Tivoli Theatre (Chattanooga); Brave New Works’ Blessing on the Moon, Emory Schwartz Center; Capitol City Opera’s La Boheme Highlights at Petite Auberge; Seussical, the Musical and Oklahoma at Wesleyan School; and Spivey Hall Choral Workshops, GMEA-LGPE, and Southern Star Music Festivals.  
Jane has taught Accompanying and Theory Classes each summer at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.  She is the daughter-in-law of noted American Composer, Arthur Frackenpohl, Professor Emeritus at Crane, and is the wife of Atlanta jazz guitarist, Dave Frackenpohl, Jazz Studies Instructor at Georgia State University School of Music.