Joe has been the Music Director at Countryside Montessori for ten years. He earned a Bachelors of Music, Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, a Masters of Music, Piano Performance at Northwestern University, and took additional courses in piano and theory pedagogy at both schools. Joe’s skills in the arena of music are extensive: Piano Instructor, Chorus Director, Composer, Performer, Published Music Arranger, and Piano Technician. Joe has also worked extensively with Sanford Jones creating classroom materials and digitizing the operas from Youth Opera Internaional.
Joe was born and raised outside of Washington, DC. As a child he began his musical studies on guitar, and a few years later, piano. While in college he also studied voice, harpsichord, and organ. After graduation, Joe worked for several years as a professional performer and accompanist before joining the staff at Countryside. He and his wife Stacy live in Evanston.