In my other life, I play the viola. I also happen to be married to a conductor, so music is very much a part of our household. Our match might seem like one made in (musician) heaven. And, for the most part it really IS. We’re kindred spirits, best friends and soul mates. But, even though I’ve created many musician cartoons to date, I haven’t actually done that many conductor cartoons, and here’s why. Since the conductor is the boss, I’d rather not have them think I’m making fun of them. And, because I’m married to a conductor…well, I think you can follow the logic.

Conductor Cartoons by Joana Miranda

Conductor cartoons - The Flight of the Bumblebee by Joana Miranda


MY conductor husband has a great sense of humor and he’s loved all my conductor cartoons to date. He even gave me permission to post the cartoon (above) which I created for his birthday.

While we’re on the topic of musician heaven…

I’m happy to share a little secret with my non-musician readers out there. There are a lot of conductor jokes out there. Sadly, there are even MORE jokes about violists. Here’s why: like the stereotypical blondes of the world, violists are often perceived to be a bit slow. (But, unlike the blondes of the world, you’ll rarely hear the word “glamorous” applied to anything having to do with a viola, violist or viola music.) Conductors, though much more glamorous, are often perceived by orchestra musicians to be the enemy. They’re usually accused of being egotistical, too. Which only leaves me to add that when you combine violists and conductors, you get comedy gold!

(Or, in my case, a very happy marriage!)

A violist and a conductor walk in front of your car and you cannot avoid them both. Which do you hit? The violist. Business before pleasure.


No conductors or violists were harmed in the writing of this post.


  1. Mm says:

    Hee hee. Fortunately, we pianists are perfect so we are not mocked. Ever. Hee hee.

    • Joana says:

      Time to do a piano cartoon for my Mm, then! I’m sure I can find a funny angle…just you wait!
      xox – J

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