What's Happening?

October 26, Hudson Valley Holistic Fair - Success!

Over the winter and spring, I worked on a project with artist/healer, Sandra Del Cioppio. Seeing Sound, Hearing Color "celebrates the union of art and music with vibrations, the medicine in all of creation." This  multi-dimensional offering consists of a CD of my original compositions, a Digital Download Card to 7 HD audio tracks  and seven -  5x7 postcards of original paintings by Sandra Del Cioppio.  To purchase and to learn more about this project visit the Store and the the webpage for Seeing Sound Hearing Color! If you are into alternate healing practices, the Chakras, meditation, yoga, reiki, energy therapy; you will love this project! I am very excited about this collaboration and I am very excited about the music I created which was inspired by Sandra, her art and her person. Please check it out!  LIke us on facebook!

NOVEMBER 17 and 24, 2019 (SEE CALENDAR)

St Timothy Lutheran Church located at 395 Valley Road in Wayne, NJ , will be presenting a concert on November 24, 2019 featuring The Songbird Trio comprised of Kathy Knittel on lead vocals, Joanie Bujacich on piano, and Joe Bilotti on guitar. They will be performing songs from Kathy's CD, A Songbird's Christmas, along with some new holdiay songs.  We also will be performing the Sunday before, November 17,  in Poconos Lake, PA. Check the calendar page for details.

In case you missed the news, in 2017, I collaborated with Kathy Knittel on her CD, A Songbird's Christmas . I produced and did all the arrangements. Joe Bilotti also plays on many of the tracks.  We have been getting airplay on various internet radio stations! You can read all about the project and purchase the CD from the merchandise page.   Let me know if you are interested in having us give a concert for a Holiday event near you!


My students, a continuous source of inspiration 

I have a very enthusiastic and talented class of students right now. Last  season ended on a high note with seven of my students achieving the highest honor of Outstanding in the MEA Auditions. I also had four students perform at Caldwell University in  April for the Original Composition Festival!  One recieved Honorable Mention in the Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition, Junior category.  Another student made MEA history by performing an original electronic music composition, using two synthesizers and the software program Ableton.    I am very blessed to have wonderful students of all ages who share such a love of music and piano!


3 great gigs for Heart Of Gold Band in Septemeber 2019!

September 20, Songs at Sunset, County College Of Morris

The concert at CCM Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies featuring Morris County's own Heart of Gold Band, on Friday, September 20, was great!  The event took place at the Music Technology Center, Ampitheatre.   The sound provided by Lenny Grasso was the best! The weather was perfect for an early fall evening, the two opening original  bands were great and the turnout was awesome! Thank you for coming and showing your support for the first Songs At Sunset Concert. The CCM crew did a fantastic job putting this together, we are so grateful that you asked us to kick off  your first outdoor evening concert!

SEPTEMBER 29, Morristown Festival On The Green
With special guest,Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs)

Another wonderful year at The Festival On The Green in Morristown.  We once again lucked out with beautiful weather and a great turnout!  Thank you for coming out and  for showing your support and enthusiasm.  It was so much fun!  And having Jon Skibic join us for the first 90 minutes was wild! The dualing guitar work was a real crowd pleaser and so exciting!


Asking the band back year after year for this prestigious festival is a testament to the band's ability of pleasing a large, broad base audience. We woulkd love to do more festivals and summer concerts, so talk us up in your towns if you can!  Check out the Band's Webpage and EPK (Electronic Press Kit). The Press Package includes short bios on all the talented members, a song list, press, links to videos and other information that you might find interesting!

To book the band contact: Joanie:  joaniebeau@yahoo.com or Joe: J7Bilotti@aol.com

 Visit the Store to purchase the Heart Of Gold CD, $10.00  includes shipping!

 September 28: HOGB, Quartet version with Victor Ruiz on drums (drummer from Soft Parade)!  American Legion, Whippany, NJ.

This gig turned out to be a blast! It was for a great cause and  the local Whippany people know how to have fun! Victor did a great job playing all of our repertoire which is not an easy task!  and we had special frineds drive in from PA to joing the fun which was really special!



Video of the Month

The sheet music for Rhapsody in Eb minor, my latest solo piano composition, is now available to purchase from my Store

George Rothman, conductor of Riverside Symphony, NYC, writes:  "Beautiful job, great harmonies, and love the combination of euro-russo and jazz elements that you’ve melded together. Bravo for this and your terrific performance."

You can listen to the music set to fantastical images here or just listen to the audio from Soundcloud.!

Be sure to check out the VIDEO page where you will find all sorts of interesting material posted.


Joan helped organize the judges for the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped, a reality show  that featured NJ High School a cappella groups. One of the coaches for the show was Deke Sharon, music director for the Pitch Perfect films!  Joan is pictured here judging with Joe Bilotti and Diane Hessinger.  She ended up judging on three episodes and actually got to present the trophy's and speak on camera as well! What fun!