School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Joy Goetz Conners began her undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio where she studied voice with Dr. Paul Hickfang and choral music with Dr. Maurice Casey. During her studies there she was involved in master classes with Robert Shaw, John Rutter, John Carter, and Alice Parker and sang with The Cincinnati May Festival Choir under the direction of Dr. James Levine. She continued her studies at Heidelberg College where she studied voice with Dr. Jay Mann and choral music with Dr. Ferris Ohl. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Heidelberg in 1980.
For the last thirty plus years Ms. Conners has been an active public school music educator, choral director, bell choir director, vocal coach, soloist, pianist, organist and church music director in Ohio, California, and, Indiana. From 1995-1997 Ms. Conners pursued a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Anderson University and in 1998 she received a Master’s degree in Music Technology from Indiana University. Ms. Conners served as an adjunct faculty member at IUPUI School of Music from 1997-2000, where she taught piano classes and music education classes. In 2005 and 2013 she was awarded Lilly Endowment teacher creativity fellowships to study European musicology and campanology.
Ms. Conners is a music theory consultant for the College Board, and an adjudicator in piano, vocal and choral sight reading. She is also serves on the Indiana State Music Core Assessment Standards Board for both Choral and General Music. Her most recent public school music teaching was at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, IN where she worked in several capacities including: choir director, piano teacher, and instructor of the Advanced Placement Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music programs. In her spare time Ms. Conners performs at local assisted living communities and civic organizations, sings with the semi-professional choral groups, directs church choirs, and composes choral sight reading materials for high school organizational contests.