Lee Joiner, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music (Violin), Chair of String Area
On Faculty since 1983

Office: McAlister Hall 223
Phone: (630)752-5838


D.M.A., Eastman School of Music

M.M., Juilliard School of Music

B.M., Juilliard School of Music

About Lee Joiner

Lee Joiner joined the Conservatory faculty as Assistant Professor of Violin in 1983 following a year of doctoral studies at Eastman School of Music, and five years as a member of the Blair String Quartet. His responsibilities at the Conservatory include serving as chair of string studies, and teaching violin, chamber music, and string literature.

In his years in the Chicago area he has had performing associations with many groups, including the Contemporary Chamber Players at the University of Chicago, the Lyric Opera, Ars Viva, Rembrandt Chamber Players, Orion Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, and Soli Deo Gloria. More recently he has been performing with the Madison Wisconsin Bach Musicians Baroque Orchestra, and on the Cantata Series at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois.

With the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra he has been featured on tour with both the Glazunov and Menotti Violin Concertos. In the 2014-15 season he was featured in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. He has served as concertmaster for many performances on campus under the direction of conductor John Nelson and he also performs regularly on the Faculty Recital Series. Dr. Joiner and colleague Howard Whitaker are known on the Wheaton College campus as improvisers that bring music to various settings in the college life.

A continuing interest has been the study of works for solo violin. This has led to the performance of annotated recitals that trace the development of solo writing. He has had the privilege of coaching solo works with composers Vincent Persichetti and Shulamit Ran. In two visits to Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland he gave performances and presentations on solo violin repertoire. Earlier he had the opportunity to perform for American composer Roy Harris several of his works and to perform with the composer’s wife Johanna. Interest in the early literature for violin has more recently led him to begin performing on a baroque violin and assembling a collection of bows that coincide with the repertoire.

Recordings include three albums with the Blair String Quartet, and an album with Musica Nova from his studies at Eastman School of Music. Tours include performing with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company, and filming for a series of television shows with organist Diane Bish in Germany and Austria.

Growing up, his parents were members of the Denver Symphony and his only teacher prior to attending Juilliard was the former concertmaster of the orchestra, Harold Wippler. At Juilliard he studied with Dorothy DeLay and at Eastman with Sylvia Rosenberg. He credits his love of chamber music to listening to his parents rehearse chamber music and then having the opportunity to perform with them. The opportunity to work closely with members of the Juilliard and Yale String Quartets during his studies kept this interest alive.

In the summer he teaches and performs at Credo, a chamber music institute on the Oberlin Campus. In the past he has been on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Masterworks Festival, and Music in Summer in Ontario, Canada.


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