Ms Joy was born the youngest of three children into an artistic, musical family. Her father was a pastor, chalk evangelist and musician, and her mother was a consummate musician, church organist and pianist. Joy began showing a strong aptitude for music from the age of three which led to her first piano “performance” at her Pre-K graduation ceremony. She sang with her brother and sister in church from the age of four on. Ms Joy and her sister sang and travelled with their father's chalk artist evangelistic ministry accompanied by their mother throughout their childhood and college years. Eventually, she sang alone for his ministry, accompanying for herself.

 

Church and school music and drama was a large part of her life throughout the years and provided her with endless opportunities to use her gifts and talents. Even though she could not possibly remember everything she has participated in over the years she has tried to list the things of most importance and categorize them in the following ways:

 

Education and Teaching

 

  • Studied piano with the director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and with the father of renowned pianist and choir director Ted Cornell of the Ted Cornell Chorale

  • Studied organ and musical performance with the organist at Radio City Music Hall, Mr. George Wesner

  • After attending Bible College where she majored in music, she went on to teach private piano and organ lessons for fifteen years. She also taught piano, voice, organ, guitar, recorder, clarinet and flute in several Christian schools during that time

  • Began and taught music and art/appreciation classes at Love Christian Academy in Nanuet, NY to grades K4-8th. There she developed a 5-year progressive music program to be instituted as part of the academic curriculum. She also taught sign language to be used in the school-wide choir performances

 

Performance

 

  • Performed as a choir member in the play “Oliver” in High School

  • Played lead role as Jessie in the play “The Trysting Place” in College

  • Performed in piano and organ recitals, choir and solo concerts.

  • Travelled with a touring summer Cammarata choir as accompanist

  • Played lead musical role as Amahl in the musical stage operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors”

  • Performed the musical role of Mary, mother of Jesus in a televised Christmas production

  • Was the host for a Catholic cable television show for 6 months

  • Played piano and organ on staff with numerous church music programs

  • Sang in multiple church choirs performing music for services, cantatas, concerts and Christmas and Easter plays

  • Sang in the Brevard College and Community Choir performing Faure’s “Requiem” with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra

  • Performed Handel’s “The Messiah” with full orchestra as a choir member in two different professional Chorale choirs in New Jersey

  • Directed, accompanied and choreographed two musical performances for a summer arts/dance camp program

  • Was keyboard player and vocalist in three church worship bands in NC over a span of 11 years

 

Directing

 

  • Started and directed the Northeast Messiah Concert Choir combining with local choirs to sing “The Messiah” at the West Point Military Academy Chapel and the Military Academy Orchestra, Walden, NY

  • Was pianist, worship leader and children’s musical director for start-up church in NJ where she led praise and worship weekly and directed children’s Christmas musical

  • Was interim Director of Music and Worship Team Leader at Glady Branch Baptist Church, Brevard, NC

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