Music art department


Evans, Joel

D.M.A., City University of New York
M.A., Columbia University T.C.
B.S., University of Maine

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Office: CH-G 211D
Phone: (845) 257-2704

Career History

Dr. Joël Evans, assistant professor of music at the State University of New York at New Paltz, has been a familiar musical voice in the Hudson Valley for many years. He is oboist and solo English hornist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Poné Ensemble for New Music, and numerous other ensembles in the area.

Dr. Evans has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, and was principal oboist of the Albany Symphony from 1982 to 1985. He leads a busy teaching schedule and has played numerous TV and radio advertisements. Joël has recorded for Philo, Rounder, Koch International, CRI, New World, and his playing has been heard all over the US, Canada, Europe, Russia and the Far East. He has appeared as a featured soloist at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Saratoga, the Charles Ives Center, and Carnegie Hall. Joël retired as principal oboist of the US Military Academy Band at West Point after nearly thirty years of service.

His extensive commercial work has included playing with such notables as James Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nancy Wilson, The Moody Blues, Peter Paul and Mary, Roy Clark, Roberta Flack, and Natalie Merchant as well as regular performances in the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon and Les Misérables.

Dr. Evans holds degrees from the University of Maine, Columbia University and the City University of New York. His primary oboe teachers have been Louis Hall, Ronald Roseman, Joseph Robinson and Thomas Stacy. He lives in Newburgh, NY with his wife, violist Valentina Charlap-Evans.

Teaching Interests

Woodwinds, Music History, Symphonic Band, Collegium Musicum

Research/Creative Activity

National and International Solo Appearances:

2014 Soloist, New York University, 43rd International Double Reed Society Convention
Skirball Center for the Arts NYU Aug 7, 2014

2002 Soloist, Carnegie Hall, NYC, Premiere of James Kessler’s
Hudson River Rhapsody (Dedicated to Sgt Major Joël Evans)

2000 Oboe soloist, CBDNA College Band Directors National Association Yale
University, Woolsey Hall.. Kessler, Hudson River Rhapsody, Apr 1, 2000

2000 Oboe soloist, Mid-West Band Clinic Chicago, IL Dec 19, 2000
F. J. Haydn Concerto for Oboe

1979 /1981 Soloist, Tanglewood Music Festival, Josef Fiala, Concerto for English

1985 /1989 Soloist, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Josef Fiala, Concerto for
English horn

1992 Soloist, Lincoln Center Summer Series, Benedetto Marcello, Concerto
for Oboe in C Major

1974-2002 Performances/ceremonies/ and Inaugurations for six US Presidents…
Ford, Carter, Reagan, Geo H.W. Bush, Clinton, G. W. Bush

**International Performances **include:

2001 Festival- Strings of Russia- solo oboist and brielki player (Russian folk
oboe)… Concerts in Moscow (Gnessin Hall), St. Petersburg (Mariinsky
Theater, Glinka Hall), Yaroslavl (Conservatory and Central Concert
Hall), Kostroma (Concert Hall), and Nizhny Novgorad (Conservatory
and Concert Hall)

1995 Performed for Pope John Paul II, … NYC Oct 4, 1995

1990 Performed for Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Anglican Archbishop of
Cape Town, South Africa) at West Point, Jun 21, 1990

1984 West Point Band Concert Tour of Japan… Tokyo and Kyoto,
November, 1984

Awards, Honors & Recognition

KKY (Kappa Kappa Psi) National College Band Fraternity - inducted life member, Spring 2008

TBS (Tau Beta Sigma) National College Band Sorority – inducted honorary member Marist College Spring 2008

Distinguished Military Awards and Decorations include - Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal Army with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with second oak leaf cluster.


Selected Writings and Publications:

"Johann Christian Fischer, His Life and Times", The Double Reed, Winter, vol 36 no. 4

“Oboe… Help from the Specialists” BD Guide magazine Nov/Dec 1993

“Johann Christian Fischer - A Seventh Concerto,” A historical overview of the life and times of oboist Johann Christian Fischer with a critical analysis/edition of the famous Concerto #7 “Gramachree Molly” Published by UMI (Pro-Quest), 1998.

“Principal Ornaments of the Late Baroque” master’s thesis, Columbia University, TC 1979

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Dr. Evans is a member of MENC Music Educator's National Conference, CBDNA College Band Director's National Association and IDRS International Double Reed Society