About

I’m Joel Bein. I conduct, I create, and I’m curious.

I love classical music. I blog here. My all-time favorite posts are here, here, and here. I podcast here.

I love health, authentic education, minimalism, and pursuing meaning and purpose.

Here is my formal conductor bio:

Founder and Conductor of the New Orleans Chamber Players, Joel Bein is a creative conductor and educator who inspires young musicians as Conservatory Symphonic Band Director at the Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, where program enrollment has tripled during his two-year tenure. In 2018, his band received Superior ratings at the LMEA Large Ensemble Festival, while three chamber groups competed at the NOLA Chamber Fest. In October 2017, he spearheaded a GroupMuse event bridging New Orleans jazz musicians with classical musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic, performing works from W.A. Mozart to Bruno Mars.

Joel holds a Master’s in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan, where he conducted the renowned Michigan Symphony Band. His work with the wind musicians at Michigan awarded him a ranking of Finalist for the 2017 American Prize in Wind Ensemble Conducting, as well as semi-finalist for the 2017 Young Conductor Mentor Project. Previously, he worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he was Conductor of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the High Desert Winds, facilitating collaborations with Guillermo Figueroa, the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.

Joel’s principal conducting teachers are Michael Haithcock and Brian K. Doyle, with additional study in symposia from H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchhoff, Mark Scatterday, Steven Davis, Donald Schleicher, and Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.