Thomas Joiner

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Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Thomas Joiner the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s creative programming has led to continued growth for the orchestra, community support and sold-out performances. He has invited notable musicians to perform with the HSO including pianists Lee Luvisi, Yakov Kasman, and Jorge Federico Osorio, cellists Andres Diaz and Carter Brey, violinists James Buswell, Stephanie Chase, Laura St. John, and William Preucil, tenors Gary Lakes and Stanford Olsen, soprano Angela Brown, trumpeter Christopher Martin and popular artists jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling, Rhythm and Brass, the Kruger Brothers, Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval, and the Andy Carlson Band. Joiner has created collaborative concerts with the Flat Rock Playhouse, Pat’s School of Dance, The Carl Sandburg Home, Asheville Lyric Opera, North Carolina Stage Company, the Carolina Concert Choir, the HSO Childrens Chorus, and the Greenville (SC) Chorale. In addition to masterworks concerts the HSO performs curriculum-based youth concerts to all 3rd and 6th grade Henderson county children each year.

Joiner has appeared as a conductor, violin soloist, chamber player, and teacher throughout the United States and eleven foreign countries. As Professor of Violin and Orchestral Activities at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, he conducts the Furman Symphony Orchestra in orchestra, operatic, and oratorio performances each year. Joiner held the Dr. & Mrs. William J. Pendergrast, Sr. Artist Chair at Brevard Music Center and served on the conducting staff and as a concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. In 2009 he was honored, along with his wife, violist Anna Barbrey Joiner, with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

A sought after guest conductor, Joiner led the Orquestra da Camera Theatre Sao Pedro during two residencies in Porto Alegre, Brazil, conducted the Greenville (SC) Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Asheville Lyric Opera in sold-out performances of South Pacific and Magic Flute, and the Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2015 and 2016 Masterworks Music Festival. A devoted educator, Joiner has served as conductor for All-State orchestras in addition to presenting sessions at regional and national music education conferences from Alabama to Ohio. As a Director of the Furman Band and Orchestra Camp he conducts the high school orchestra each summer.

As an orchestral violinist Joiner has shared the stage with conductors Robert Shaw, James Levine, Jorge Mester, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, John Nelson, and Keith Lockhart as well as soloists Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Peter Serkin, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Joshua Bell. Serving as Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, he presented seventeen violin recitals with pianist Douglas Weeks during a five-week tour of western Africa and the Middle East. Joiner studied conducting in Paris with maestro John Nelson and twice served as visiting Professor of Music at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

Previous positions include Professor of Violin and Orchestral Activities at the University of Georgia School of Music, Associate Principal Second Violin of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, first violinist with the Louisville Orchestra, president of the South Carolina American String Teachers Association, and member of the national board of directors of the Conductors Guild.

Joiner earned degrees from Florida State University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Furman University. He is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina where he was drum major of the Rock Hill High School Bearcat Band!

The HSO is an oasis, a musical oasis, in our midst. Experience it for yourself.

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