“When I was looking for a professional level violin, I kept hearing people talk about Cox instruments. After a long search, I called Mr. Cox and was playing one of his violins the next week. While I was immediately taken by its warm and focused sound, I knew it was the right instrument when I never wanted to set it down. Equally suited for solo, chamber, and orchestral playing, my Cox violin has taken me to four continents and continues to both challenge and inspire me as a musician.”
Fascinated by music’s ability to connect people, places, ideas and communities, Joel Schut is active as a conductor, educator and violinist. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he began his training on piano and quickly developed a passion for making music. Joel is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he was awarded the Albert A. Stanley Medal, the school’s highest honor. He is currently a master’s candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Colorado-Boulder studying with Maestro Gary Lewis.
As a violinist, Joel is a former member of the Flint Symphony Orchestra and a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony. He has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Additionally, he toured Mexico and China as a member of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, and has performed in Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
As a conductor, Joel has served as Music Director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2010 as well as founding director of the Detroit Medical Orchestra. He currently assists and conducts the CU Symphony, Chamber, and Campus Orchestras as part of the CU-Boulder Orchestra program.
A passionate advocate for music education, Joel served as Orchestra Director at Saline High School in Michigan teaching a vibrant string program of over 160 students. He has worked as a mentor with the Detroit Civic Orchestra and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra and has conducted orchestras for Boulder Suzuki Strings. As an advocate for cultural diplomacy through music, Joel served as an American Music Ambassador on a 2010 Cultures in Harmony project in Tunisia as well as conductor and violin faculty for the 2012 inaugural Campamento Sinfónico Juvenil de Honduras.