Visiting Instructor of Music - Director of Bands
Office: Scheide 218
Joel Graham joins the College of Wooster faculty as the Director of Bands after teaching music history and theory at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. There he studied conducting under composer/conductor Mark Camphouse and Dr. Dennis Layendecker, Colonel USAF retired, while working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Previous teaching appointments include directing the music programs at Lee Academy in Lee, ME and at Kents Hill School in Readfield, ME. During his time in Maine, he also directed the Robert Browne Hall Memorial Band in Oakland. Under his leadership, this ensemble performed a robust performance schedule of up to ten performances per year with musicians ranging from young novices to retired professionals.
Graham earned his Master of Arts degree in conducting from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Dr. Andrew Boysen and served as the graduate assistant to bands. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education at the University of Southern Maine, where he studied under Dr. Peter Martin.
In addition to his conducting and education career, he has maintained an active performance
schedule on trumpet and trombone. This schedule has included performance as featured
as solo artist with the University of New Hampshire 3 O'clock Jazz Ensemble and the
Colby College Wind Ensemble. Trumpet teachers include Dr. Robert Stibler, Mr. Trent
Austin, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra's Ms. Elizabeth Rines.
In 2016 Graham was named a semi-finalist in the American Prize Conducting Competition for College Wind Ensembles.