Joe Kovac

Macon, Georgia

Florida State University, Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance (2015-2019)
Miami University, Master of Music in Cello Performance (2019-2021)
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2021-)

Sally and Bruce Queen Chair

Joe Kovac (25) graduated from Florida State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in cello performance, where he studied with Mr. Gregory Sauer. Joe studied with Dr. Sarah Kim at Miami University where he completed a Master of Music. He is currently studying for an Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Mr. Alan Rafferty of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Joe is currently section cellist in the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Lima Symphony Orchestra.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I have quite a knack for arts and crafts! For example, I made my own braided rope plant hanger for my room. DM me if you’re interested for my rates.

Name three of your favorite composers:
J.S. Bach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Weightlifting! Or eating food…(weightlifting to balance out how much I eat?)

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
To spend two months in Breckenridge doing what I love most in the world (communicating meaning through music) for the most welcoming and supportive community I’ve ever met! It’s my second summer with NRO and I am immensely grateful to be returning.