Joel Powell is currently the Director of Orchestras at Carmel Middle School in Carmel, IN and also serves
as the Concert Orchestra conductor of the New World Youth Orchestras of Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Powell
graduated magna cum laude with honors from Ball State University, earning a BA in Music Education.
Mr. Powell is formerly an orchestra director at Avon Community Schools and Goshen Community
Schools where he taught middle and high school orchestra.
Mr. Powell is an accomplished conductor and orchestra director. As a conductor, he studied with Kirk
Trevor and Bohuslav Rattay and has participated in master classes with Kevin Noe. Mr. Powell’s
orchestras have consistently earned international recognition and honors. Two of Mr. Powell's
orchestras have been invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and
Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Il, first with the Avon Middle School Chamber Orchestra in 2015 at the
69th Annual Midwest Clinic and second the Carmel Middle School Chamber Orchestra in 2017 at the
71st Annual Midwest Clinic.
Highly sought after as a clinician and conductor, Mr. Powell's orchestras consistently earn top ratings
and prizes at contests and festivals. Mr. Powell has twice served as an honorary guest conductor for the
Jefferson County Public School Corporation’s All-County Honor Orchestra (Louisville, KY), conducting
both the high school and middle school honor orchestras. He has also guest-conducted the Georgia All-
State Middle School Orchestra and the Indiana American String Teachers Association All-Region Honor
Orchestra. Since 2014, Mr. Powell has served as a faculty clinician for the Music for All Summer
Symposium at Ball State University. Additionally, Mr. Powell and his ensembles have been featured in
The Instrumentalist magazine, a music education magazine circulated around the world. As a leader in
the field of music education, Mr. Powell presented a clinic in 2017 at the prestigious Midwest Clinic on
the subject of middle school and high school curriculum alignment.
Mr. Powell began his studies on violin and viola with Dr. Caroline Card Wendt. As a violinist, Mr. Powell
studied with concert violinist and recording artist Mary Kothman and was a scholarship pupil of
renowned violin virtuoso Sherry Kloss, past teaching associate of Jascha Heifetz. Mr. Powell’s list of
professional performance engagements as a musician include such distinctions as scholarship pupil at
the Jascha Heifetz Institute for the Development of Personal Style and master classes with Sydney Harth,
Felicia Moye, David Holland, Roger Meyers, and Stephen Clapp, the former Dean of the Juilliard School
of Music. Mr. Powell is also an accomplished violist and studied extensively with Philip Tietze. Mr.
Powell regularly performs with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and other area orchestras as both a
violinist and violist.
Mr. Powell’s wife, Madison Gren Powell, is an accomplished concert violinist and respected private
teacher. Mr. Powell also has a son, Gavin, and two daughters, Sabrina and Vanessa, all of whom study