Dr. Joy Elizabeth Meade is the Assistant Director of Choirs at Georgia State University’s School of Music, where she conducts Choral Union and teaches conducting, choral music education and choral literature courses. Prior to her appointment at GSU, Dr. Meade taught middle and high school choir and orchestra for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District in Kennett Square, PA, was the assistant conductor of the Brandywine Valley Chorale, and has been a guest clinician with church, school and community choirs on the East coast.
During her doctoral studies at the University of Georgia, Dr. Meade served as the assistant conductor of the Hodgson Singers and University Chorus, conducting performances of Haydn’s Creation and Stravinsky’s Mass and helping prepare Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Messiah and requiems by Brahms and Howells. Her research culminated in a dissertation on pilgrimage and postminimalism in Joby Talbot’s 2005 choral work, Path of Miracles.
In addition to conducting, Dr. Meade has pursued professional singing opportunities as a member of Westminster Choir College’s Symphonic Choir, Westminster Choir and Kantorei; the Spoleto Festival opera chorus; and CANTATICA.
Dr. Meade holds a doctorate in conducting from University of Georgia, a master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and bachelor’s in voice performance and French from University of Richmond.