Jo Northup

Flute, Hammered Dulcimer

Jo is a classically trained flutist who studied at The Florida State University. Jo has performed professionally for over 25 years, providing music for many private events. She has performed with several orchestras, including the Raleigh Symphony and the Greenville Symphony. She is currently principal flutist with the Blue Ridge Orchestra in Asheville, NC. She performed on seven recordings with Dulcimer Dan and the Blue Skies Band in Raleigh, NC. This experience lead her to begin playing the hammered dulcimer. She is in her seventeenth year of performing at Biltmore Estate during their Candlelight Christmas tours and the Festival of Flowers. In 1993 she produced her first recording, Candlelight Christmas, with guitarist, Richard Birt. Since then they have recorded a collection of traditional, familiar and original songs entitled Sweetwater and a collection of hymns, Candlelight Hymns. In 1998 Jo worked in cooperation with Biltmore Estate to produce Biltmore Christmas, Volume I, a compilation of eighteen soloists and small ensembles who performed at Biltmore House during the Christmas season. Biltmore Christmas,Volume II was released in the fall of 2003.

Jo is also a graphic designer and works with clients on a free-lance basis. She has over twenty years of experience using the Macintosh computer and Adobe software. She has designed CD packages, ads, flyers, posters, brochures and more. To see samples of her work please click here.