Joan Ikin is well-known to listeners for the themed programs she has been presenting now for many years. But how did this come about?

Problem-solving, organisation and classical music are all things Joan enjoys. She joined 3MBS in 1988, having pursued a career in Education. As well as teaching senior Maths classes, she was, for a time seconded to in the Staffing Office of the Education Department. Joan has sat on four school Councils, including that of Carey Grammar, where she was the first woman to do so. She was also the Executive Officer of the Mathematical Association of Victoria, which concerned itself with mathematics education from kindergarten to university.

At 3MBS, Joan first volunteered a day a week to help with office tasks.
She was recuperating from illness. When her health improved ,she opted to train as a broadcaster and presented a variety of programs, settling eventually into devising her themed Thursday morning programs.
It was my way of exploring the vast 3MBS music library. I discovered music is an infinitely -opening book and I take great pleasure in sharing the patterns I observe there. Ideas just come into my head as I go about my everyday life. After more than 900 programs I have never repeated a theme. It has been a delight to be involved with the 3MBS team, and to have this opportunity to continue to explore and share music.

Joan's father was bass trombonist in the MSO for 40 years. She learned the piano from the age of six and won music scholarships and a section of an ABC Eistedfodd. It was a toss-up whether to follow a career as a professional pianist, but she decided to pursue teaching instead, but keeping music as a big part of her life. For 25 years she was a chamber musician and loved exploring the piano quartet and trio repertoires. She also accompanied singers and instrumentalists and had many engagements with sister Joy as duettists. She found time to play timpani professionally too! Her three children all became good musicians and one of her sons continues to play French horn semi-professionally, having played in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a while.

Joan has also been very active in her local church and Oxfam Group, and she loves the Australian bush!

Her organisational skills have been put to good use at 3MBS, where she has been on many volunteer committees over the years.