SPO Conductor

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Laura L. Joss is currently a PhD student at Case Western Reserve University after preparing music education pre-service teachers for 35 years at Baldwin Wallace University. Prof. Joss's teaching experience includes working with instrumentalists of all ages and all levels of experience in both orchestra and band settings.

​Prof Joss has traveled to South America as part of an Artist in Residency program sponsored through the Ohio Arts Council and the Santiago Chilean North American Cultural Institute.  She has conducted both bands and orchestras at the Liceo Experimental de Musica Copiapo in Copiapo, Chile and facilitates teacher work sessions in rehearsing, conducting, literature selection, instrument pedagogy and the writing of the National Chilean Artistic School Music Education Curriculum. She has also coached music educators and conducted instrumental ensembles at the Universidad of Chile, the Universidad de la Serena and served as the Master Teacher for a week-long clinic, First Encuentro de Directores de Badas de Concierto Esculas Arstisticas del Notte de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Prof. Joss's High School Orchestras and Youth Orchestras have toured and performed throughout Europe.

​Prof. Joss has been recognized with the "Outstanding Alumni Educator of the Year Award" by the Baldwin-Wallace Division of Education and with a BW Conservatory Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. While directing both bands and orchestras in Strongsville City Schools, Prof. Joss was selected as "Master Teacher of the Year" by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

​Her research interests focus on music education pre-service teacher preparation, community music making and adult instrumental music learning. Prof. Joss enjoys being active both nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, guest conductor, music education consultant and clinician for both bands and orchestras throughout North and South America and Europe.