Chair of the Music Education Department
Assistant Professor of Music Education
M.M., Loyola University
B.M., Baldwin Wallace University
Laura L. Joss has served as the Chair of the Music Education Department at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio since 1999, where she teaches instrumental music education methods, foundational classes, supervises student teachers and conducts the BW Concert Wind Ensemble.
Prof. Joss's teaching experience includes working with instrumentalists of ages and all levels of experience in both the orchestras and bands. She is deeply committed to community outreach and is the founding Director of the BW New Horizons Music Program that provides beginning instrumental music instruction for adults of all ages. This program currently involves 150+ adults who participate in one of the three concert bands, jazz band, beginning string classes, string orchestras, full orchestra and a chamber music program. She is also the founding Director of the BW/Cleveland Orchestra/C.M.S.D. String Teaching Partnership that provides pre-service music educators the opportunity to teach young string players at all levels in the Cleveland Public Schools while working closely with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2002, she co-founded the BW Summer Band and String Camps which now serve provide more that 500+ students a quality music education experience every summer.
Prof. Joss has traveled to South America as part of an Artist in Residency program sponsored through the Ohio Arts Council and the Santiago Chilean North American Cultural Institute. She has conducted both bands and orchestras at the Liceo Experimental de Musica Copiapo in Copiapo, Chile and facilitates teacher work sessions in rehearsing, conducting, literature selection, instrument pedagogy and the writing of the National Chilean Artistic School Music Education Curriculum. She has also coached music educators and conducted instrumental ensembles at the Universidad of Chile, the Universidad de la Serena and served as the Master Teacher for a week long clinic, First Encuentro de Directores de Bandas de Concierto Esculas Astisticas del Notte de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Prof. Joss has also developed programming and teacher exchange projects in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Instituto at the Teatro Colon.
Prof. Joss continues to enjoy being active both nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, guest conductor, music education consultant and clinician for both bands and orchestras.