Joan deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther College in 2011. She conducts the Luther College Concert Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and teaches conducting. Prior to Luther College, deAlbuquerque served as the associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach and as interim director of bands at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. An experienced public school teacher, she was director of bands at Pinckney High School in Michigan, where she directed the wind symphony and marching band in addition to teaching instrumental and general music at the elementary and middle school levels.
deAlbuquerque earned her doctor of music arts degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She holds a master of music degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, where she studied with John Whitwell. A graduate of Macomb Community College, deAlbuqerque earned a bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University.
As a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, deAlbuquerque has worked with middle school and high school bands throughout the Midwest, western United States and Israel. She has presented clinics and workshops for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and Tau Beta Sigma, and has conducted at conferences for the SCSBOA, California Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association national conference (CBDNA), the Music Educators National Conference, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA).
Professor deAlbuquerque is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, published by GIA Publications, and has written for the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Bet Sigma publication, The Podium. She is on the board of the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association as the college affairs representative and is a member of IBA, CBDNA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Sigma. From 2008-11, she was on the national board of Tau Beta Sigma as vice president of professional relations.