Joyce Moon Strobel
Joyce Moon Strobel graduated from the Conservatory at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, in piano performance. She studied piano there with Loy Kohler, and organ and composition with William S. Bailey. Her graduate work was at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Music in Sacred Music (Organ), and was the 1989 recipient of the Jean Langlais Award for Excellence in Sacred Music. She was an organ student of Dr. Ann Labounsky, studied piano with Yee Ha Chiu, and studied composition with Dr. Joseph Willcox Jenkins. She is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, and served as Dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter from 1997-1999.
She held her first job as church organist at the age of fifteen, and has served Lutheran and Presbyterian congregations both as organist and organist/choir director. Since 1986 she has served as Organist/Choir Director at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Scott Township, in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has enjoyed her long relationship with the supportive choir and enthusiastic congregation of St. Stephen's, and especially with its pastor, Rev. Harvey Mozolak.
She has had several commissions, including one for a choral/instrumental composition used at the opening Evening Prayer of the 1999 AGO Region III Convention in Pittsburgh. ("Christ Is Our Light," scheduled for future publication by Selah.) Her "Four Orisons," written for the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, received First Place in the Glad Robinson Youse Competition for Adult Composers, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, in 1997.
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