Joanna Mulfinger was born in Greenville, SC, the youngest of eleven children. She graduated from Bob Jones University and continued her education at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, receiving a Masters Degree under the tutelage of renowned Russian pedagogue Victor Danchenko. While at Peabody, she was awarded the J.C. van Hulsteyn Prize for Outstanding Musical and Academic Contributions. She has also studied at The Juilliard School and the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler and performed internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Mexico.
Since returning to Greenville, she has developed a large studio of private students and is currently on Adjunct Faculty at Anderson University. She is also an active orchestral musician in her ninth season with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, where she is currently serving as Interim Concertmaster, and her sixteenth season as Principal Second Violin of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Joanna plays a violin made in 1653 by Nicolo Amati, a violin she inherited from her mother.