Joel Everist, M.M.
Director of Choral Activities
M.M. – Northwestern University
B.A. in music and theatre – Gustavus Adolphus College
Joel Everist has conducted choirs appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall, the International Habeneras Festival in Spain, as well as a command performance for the Vice President with the Prime Minister of Japan at the State Department in Washington, D.C. “Choral Director Magazine” recognized Joel as a national Top Ten Conductor of Note. Recordings of his ensembles were presented as exemplars of excellence in the college textbook “The School Choral Program” from GIA Publications. Joel has directed choirs featured on public radio, CBS national television, and were the subject of the documentary film “Invisible Threads” that aired on public television. His ensembles have consecutively earned multiple First Place ratings at international competitions. He has appeared as a vocal soloist with many ensembles, as an actor in film and stage projects, and directed numerous musical theatre productions.
Joel conducted the Iowa Choral Directors Association Opus Honor Choir, Chaired the ICDA State Convention, was elected to two terms on the ICDA Board of Directors, and serves as the ICDA Ethnic & Multicultural Music Chair. His choirs have been selected for multiple appearances at American Choral Directors Association conventions, and performed numerous world premiere works by award winning composers. He worked as a church choir conductor, and taught at all levels of public education for more than 25 years, including serving as Director of Choral Activities for a Grammy Award winning signature high school music program.
Joel is married to Rachel, a professional pianist. They have two children: Jennaya and Jackson.
Joel directs the Waldorf Choir and Schola Cantorum and can be found in room 109 of the Odvin Hagen Music Building.