After earning his Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching at the University of Minnesota, Joe returned to his hometown and began collecting work. As an adjunct instructor at McKendree University, Blackburn College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he teaches Collaborative Piano Lessons, Applied Piano Lessons, Applied Vocal Coaching, various accompanying skills, and Music Appreciation. He also maintains a private studio, and previously taught a year of class piano and piano proficiency skills at St. Charles Community College.
Joe’s performing career spans the Midwest. As a coach, he works for the Opera Theatre St. Louis Artists-in-Training program. He also coaches and music directs at OTSL’s Spring Training and SIUE’s Musical Theatre Workshop. Music directing credits include productions at McKendree University, SIUE’s Summer Showbiz, Marble City Opera, and Midwest Institute of Opera.
As a vocal accompanist, he performs recitals frequently. He is the Founder and Artist Director of St. Louis Art Song. In 2015, 2016, and 2018 he accompanied Christine Brewer at Arts and Faith St. Louis. In the choral field, he currently accompanies the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Festival Chorus and Blackburn Voices, and was recently featured along with John Cargile as duo pianists accompanying Manchester United Methodist Chancel Choir in concert.
Since 2014, Joe has frequently served as acting principal keyboardist for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where he has performed at the piano, harpsichord, and continuo realization. Other instrumental work includes a chamber program for ISO’s Around the Town series and assorted recitals at McKendree University. As concerto soloist he has performed with Heartland Symphony Orchestra and McKendree’s Wind Ensemble.
Joe is on the board of the Southern Illinois Young Artists Organization competition and has judged a variety of competitions. He has presented “The Business of Being a Pianist” (2016) and “A No-Tears Guide to Vocal Accompanying” (2018) at the Illinois State Music Teachers Conference and “Branding, Marketing, and Networking” (2016) for the Gateway Arch East chapter of the MTNA. He was the 2017-2018 Member of the Year for Gateway Arch East in recognition of his highly lauded presentations.
Perhaps an enigma in classical music, Joe lives on a farm and enjoys putting up hay in the summer. Despite having no time for hobbies, Joe’s other interests include genealogy, gardening, and photography.