Joel M. Levy received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the State University College at Potsdam, New York, and a Master of Music Degree in Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As an active musician in the New York metropolitan area, Mr. Levy has performed with the Merrick Symphony, Long Island Concert Pops, Queens Festival Band, Long Island Masterworks Orchestra, Francis C. Roberts and company, and and the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Levy played frequently in the Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additional Broadway credits include Fosse, Little Women, Sweet Charity and Young Frankenstein.
Mr. Levy taught at both the middle and high school levels on Long Island since 1980. He recently retired as band director and department chair at East Meadow High School after a 34 year teaching career. His various ensembles have won numerous awards of distinction, which include 13 first place finishes in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.
Joel Levy has been a guest soloist and clinician for several Long Island school districts and he has served as guest conductor for the Suffolk All-County Festival Bands. In 1997 he was guest conductor of the concert band and jazz ensembles at the U. S. Eastern Music Camp at Colgate University. In April of 2005 Mr. Levy was the guest conductor of the combined bands, comprising the Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band at George Mason University in Virginia. He has been a conductor at the CW Post Band Festival on several occasions, and a guest conductor and clinician at Fresno State University in California.
Under Mr. Levy's direction, the Nassau-Suffolk Wind Symphony has performed at MENC National and Eastern Division Conferences. Guest soloists with the Wind Symphony have included Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Stanley Drucker, Carol Wincenc, Lew Tabackin, Erik Ralske, Michael Blutman, Steven Blutman, Julian Rose and Patrick Sheridan. Mr. Levy is also conductor of the Nassau Suffolk Alumni Band and the Atlantic Wind Symphony. Mr. Levy has taught courses for Five Towns College , the State University College at Potsdam, New York and was a faculty member of the C.W. Post, Long Island University faculty, teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute. Mr. Levy is pleased to have been listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers on numerous occasions. In addition, Mr. Levy has been featured on Rico's thelessonroom.com, and is a D'Addario educational clinician and performing artist.