Joel Bein is the Conservatory Symphonic Band Director at the Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, where he has founded the Lusher Chamber Winds, Lusher Saxophone Quartet, and increased enrollment 50% in 12 months. 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. 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.
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.