Joel A. Powell is an Indiana violinist and violist and is the Director of Orchestras at Carmel Middle School in Carmel, IN. Mr. Powell is formerly an orchestra director at Avon Community Schools and Goshen Community Schools where he taught middle and high school orchestra. Mr. Powell is highly sought after as a clinician, and his orchestras consistently receive top ratings at contests and festivals. The Carmel Middle School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Powell, attained international recognition and was invited to perform at the prestigious 71st Annual Midwest Clinic Band and Orchestra International Conference. Since 2013, Mr. Powell has served as a clinician for the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University.
Mr. Powell began his studies on violin and viola with Dr. Caroline Wendt and continued with conducting studies with Kirk Trevor and Bohuslav Rattay. Earning a B.A. in Music Education from Ball State University, Mr. Powell also studied with concert violinist and recording artist Mary Kothman and was a scholarship pupil of renowned violin virtuoso Sherry Kloss, past teaching associate of Jascha Heifetz. Mr. Powell’s list of professional performance engagements as a musician include such distinctions as scholarship pupil at the Jascha Heifetz Institute for the Development of Personal Style and master classes with Sydney Harth, Felicia Moye, David Holland, Roger Meyers, and Stephen Clapp, the former Dean of the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Powell has also regularly performed with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra as associate principal violist and first violin. His wife, Madison Gren Powell, is a concert violinist and respected private teacher and orchestra director. Mr. Powell also loves spending time with and playing with his son, Gavin, and his two daughters, Sabrina and Vanessa.