6.11.2013 - Landmarks at the University of Texas at Austin has commissioned a new work for string quartet that will premiere at the opening of the new James Turrell Skyspace, which is being constructed atop the new Student Activities Center (SAC).
5.17.2013 - Da Camera of Houston's Sonja Harasim and Whitney Bullock gave a performance of Synchronicity in Purple Minor at The Menil Collection.
5.1.2013 - Aurora Borealis, Joel's first work for wind ensemble, named a finalist in the 3rd International Frank Ticheli Composition Contest.
3.14.2013 - Capital Public Radio's Nick Brunner (Sacramento, CA) comments on the SXSW performance The Peace of the Wild Things: "Gorgeous piece of music, just wafting along into the ether."
3.7.2013 - Lamar University premieres A Cardinal's Hymn, a tribute to musician Wayne Dyess, who passed away on February 27. The concert will featured a performance of Aurora Borealis.
2.23.2013 - Joint doctoral recital with Andrew Sigler at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre. Premieres include a new song on text of Wendell Berry for Amelia Ciskey called "The Peace of Wild Things," a trio called Incantation and Dance, and the first full performance of my revised String Quartet No. 1.
2.16.2013 - Aurora Borealis performed in Weigel Hall at the Ohio State University at the 2013 SCI National Conference.
1.31.2013 - A new transcription of a chorale work I wrote 8 years ago, Musica Dei donum optimi, premieres under the baton of Ryan Stewart Kelly at UT Austin.
11.7.2012 - Aurora Borealis has been selected for performance by the Ohio State University Symphonic Band on February 16, 2013 at 8PM for the Gala Concert of the 2013 SCI National Conference.
10.1.2012 - Joel is awarded an ASCAP Plus award for work in 2012.
8.8.2012 - Lamar University commissions Joel to write a 3-5 minute new work for the Lamar University Wind Ensemble's Lamarissimo! concert on March 7, 2013.
7.26.2012 - When I Grow Up won best ensemble acting and 4 honorable mentions, 3 for acting and one for sound design! Excellent work to all the Buttercup Pawductions team!
7.15.2012 - When I Grow Up was chosen to be a part of "The Best of Houston Screening" for the 2012 Houston 48-hour film project. This will be on Thursday, July 26th at Studio Movie Grill City Centre at 7:00pm.
6.22.2012 - When I Grow Up, a 48-hour film project received an honorable mention for Screening Group B at the 2012 Houston 48-hour film project.
6.8.2012 - Aurora Borealis has been selected to be performed at the 2012 Society of Composers International Region VI conference at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.
5.15.2012 - PARMA Recordings announces Synchronicity in Purple Minor as a winner of the 2012 PARMA Student Composer Competition.
4.29.2012 - The UT Wind Sympony performs Aurora Borealis on their final concert of the 2011-2012 season.
May 3, 2013 - Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College | Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin; Ann Rogen, viola | Synchronicity in Purple Minor
June 14, 2013 - Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, East Aurora, NY | Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin; Lisa Ponton, viola | Synchronicity in Purple Minor
Fall 2013 - Lux - Round Rock Symphony Orchestra
2013-2014 Season - Aurora Borealis - Lousiana State University and The University of Houston