Joanna1GEORGETOWN, KY – Joanna Ximenes, aka Jody Milby, class of 1972, has been awarded the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association.

The award is given annually for outstanding service and commitment to music education and performance.

Ms. Ximenes is a well-known musician and a popular accompanist, concert performer and music teacher.

“It is certainly a great honor to see one of our graduates as a recipient of this coveted award,” said Mami Hayashida, Georgetown College Associate Professor of Music. “The KMTA distinguished teaching award is given to the best and most dedicated piano teachers in the whole state.”

A native of Kentucky, Ms. Ximenes studied early in her life at the Conservatory of the Royal College of Music of London in Zimbabwe. After graduating from Georgetown College, she taught music at the private and graduate school level for 28 years in Brazil. She returned to Kentucky and earned her MA in music education from Campbellsville University.

Ms. Ximenes says she is passionate about piano teaching and believes music is an important part of a student’s education.

“I was blessed with good teachers,” she said. “Among them was Daniel Tilford (Associate Professor Emeritus of Music) who not only guided me through four years of lessons and recitals, but has also been a role model and a friend to this day.

“I am grateful to my parents for providing me with the opportunity to take piano lessons from an early age, and to God for the talent He gave me which I have strived to develop and use for His glory.”

Ms. Ximenes now lives in Louisville where she maintains a private piano studio. She has performed extensively in Kentucky and Brazil as a soloist and an accompanist, and also with chamber music ensembles. She and Teresa Tedder have performed as a piano duo since 2002; they traveled to Brazil in the summer of 2011 for a concert series.

For many years, Ximenes accompanied the Mid-Kentucky Chorus at St. Catharine. Currently, she is a member of Music Teachers National Association, the piano chair of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, and the corresponding secretary of the Greater Louisville Music Teachers Association.