World Flute Society


Joanne Lazzaro

As a classically-trained orchestral flutist, Joanne has played all over the United States including Los Angeles, Disney Hall, New York, and Chicago (Symphony Center), as well as around the world in such places as Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, and The Netherlands. She has shared the stage with artists as varied as CeCe Winans, James Galway, Billy Childs, and Serj Tankian, as well as having played for the Prince of Monaco.

Currently, Joanne is the principal flutist for the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra and Pipe Dreams, plus ad-hoc appearances in other Southern California orchestras. Joanne enjoys studio recording sessions and collaborating on demos for film composers.

Joanne talks about her debut album: “I was greatly inspired by Paul Horn’s recording Inside the Taj Mahal the first time that I heard it. The idea for making a similar live, improvised recording, using a telescope dome and astronomy-based themes, became a reality during a chance conversation at a party. Under the Stars came together surprisingly quickly, as everyone who heard about the project in September 2014 wanted to support it. I remain indebted to the Mount Wilson Observatory and the Art Institute - Inland Empire who were instrumental in making the recording possible.” The resulting one-hour CD, Under the Stars, and companion digital EP of out-takes, Under the Stars,Too!, captures the sense of wonder that we all feel when we look into the night sky.

In 2018, Joanne started her own record label, JoRazzal Music, to produce and release her first classical album, Canyon Shadows, by New York composer Katherine Hoover. After reading a comment online about a modern suite for Native American flute, classical flute, and percussion that was first performed at the Grand Canyon in 1999, she contacted the composer for permission to make the world-premiere recording. Encouraged by the excellent playing of Terry Wolff on flute and Dean Hinkley on percussion (naming the group Dreamcatcher), and the successful release of the album, Joanne is now working on publishing the sheet music. New projects planned in the coming year include an album collaboration with Susan SurfTone and two more world premiere recordings - a classical/smooth jazz crossover EP Suite Esmerelda by Eric V. Baum and an orchestral classical single A Dark Goddess by David W. Solomons.

Joanne is the founder and host of the Los Angeles World Flute Circle, explaining her motivation: “This is my way of inspiring new world flutists, and giving back to the community.” She is currently a member of the National Flute Association, World Flute Society, The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYS®), AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles), and ASCAP (Los Angeles).

Joanne received her music degrees from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Science in Music Education) and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Master of Music). She also maintains a private teaching studio for students interested in classical flute, Native American flutes, recorder, shakuhachi, and other world flutes.