from Ohio who was raised in Portland, Oregon, who was in the Aspen Festival
Orchestra and Portland Symphony Orchestra while still in school. He furthered his education at the
Boston University College of Fine Arts and joined the Boston Symphony
Orchestra in 1962.
In 1977, he
appeared on a recording of George Frideric Handel’s
Messiah with Thomas Dun and the
Chorus and Orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society.
He is also a
gliding instructor and met his wife when she was still a student
pilot. Her name is Jan Brett
and she is a children’s author who has written books such as Berlioz the Bear, Daisy Comes Home, Hedgie’s Surprise, The Mitten, and The
Umbrella. Both of their
names emblazon a fellowship at Tanglewood Music
Center. Joseph also manages her website, www.janbrett.com.
In the field
of music education, he has been a concert master with project STEP.