INSTRUCTOR BIO

Instructor
Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Joan Friedenberg (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University) is a 30-year professor of education and author and Bill Bowen is a 35-year journalist, including working 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music – Joan (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals), a classically trained musician, played and sang in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois and Florida, and Bill (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous. Their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents to create programs about their musical heroes. Audience testimonials reflect the PinkSlip Duo's success: "Just wonderful," "Great balance of music, talk and photos," "Very talented, very well put together, very enjoyable." Due, in part, to this acclaim, PinkSlip Duo was named "Best Folk Band for Palm Beach and Broward Counties for 2015" by New Times.