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 Avon Middle School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Powell, attained international recognition and was invited to perform at the prestigious 69th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. 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 has regularly performed with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra as associate principal violist and first violin, and has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as principal violist of the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. 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.