Joel Neves is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Michigan Technological University.
He graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting (choral/opera conducting cognates) and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brigham Young University.
Neves was appointed assistant conductor of the Orchestra of Southern Utah in 2006, where he conducted masterworks and pops concerts. He has conducted the Orquestra de Cadaqués in Barcelona, Spain, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Bard Festival Orchestra, and Pleasant Grove Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestras at Brigham Young University and Arizona State University.
A strong advocate of music education, he was orchestra director at Cedar High School and Cedar Middle School for three years, and he taught band and orchestra in two elementary schools in Utah. Neves recently served as guest conductor/clinician for the 2010 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) All-Collegiate Orchestra.
Known for versatility on the podium, he has directed the jazz ensemble at Southern Utah University; conducted music theatre productions at Southern Utah University, Brigham University, and the Tuacahn Summer Theatre Institute; directed an opera production with the ASU Lyric Opera; and conducted community choirs in Utah and Arizona.
Neves plays trumpet and performed with the Pine Mountain Music Festival’s Rockland opera orchestra and U.P. pipe organ collaboration in summer 2011. He currently plays trumpet for a band based in Houghton: Captain Woody Boogie and the Pirates of Groove.
Joel resides in Houghton, Michigan with his lovely wife, Lara, and three cute daughters, Bria, Chloe, and Sophia, and our new puppy, Puccini.