Mary Jo Gothmann joined VocalEssence as staff accompanist in 2015. She is the founder and artistic director of the JOYA chamber music series at Zion Lutheran church in Anoka. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Bakken Trio, and Hill House Chamber Players. Mary Jo appears frequently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed with EOS Orchestra in New York City and as piano soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Civic Orchestra. She has worked for the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera and has performed recitals with singers from the Metropolitan Opera as well as with instrumentalists from many of the country’s major symphony orchestras. Mary Jo is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, the University of Minnesota, New England Conservatory, and St. Olaf College.