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Jo Marie Larkin earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  In addition, she earned her Paralegal Certificate from ODU in 2005.

A veteran music educator and clarinet specialist, Ms. Larkin remains active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clarinet teacher. She plays principal clarinet with the Virginia Wind Symphony under the director of Professor Dennis Zeisler, and the Symphonicity Orchestra of Virginia Beach, with Maestro Daniel Boothe.  

In her 27th year of teaching, she has been the Director of Bands at Salem Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, since 2002.  Her bands have consistently received superior ratings at State Assessment, and she is very active hosting and chairing many city-wide and district events. Ms. Larkin is a member of NafME and VMEA,  is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, is a Mentor Teacher to high school student interns and student teachers, and has  received the “I Make a Difference Award,”  “Career Teacher Award,” and the “Teacher of the Year Award.”