Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Joanna Ceja

My name is Joanna Ceja and I am proud to be the director of Gainesville High School choirs. I began teaching at GISD in February of 2020. Previously, I was a Teaching Artist with the Los Angeles Opera, and the Education Department Manager of Long Beach Opera in Southern California. 


I am from Denton, TX and I attended Ryan Elementary, McMath Middle School, Denton High School, then completed my Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Texas Woman's University in 2015. I earned a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California in 2018, which is what led me to my opera singing and artistic administration careers in Los Angeles prior to relocating back to my hometown of Denton during the Covid pandemic of 2020. 


I am pleased to be back in Texas, working in the field I originally attended university for several years ago! I love my students at GHS very much and I look forward to leading them to success and excellence, the same way my music teachers did for me. 


GHS Choirs have had recent success at UIL in 2021, receiving a final score of 1 in our UIL Concert Program. We must continue this upward trajectory!