Conservatory Faculty

Joy Crawford

Joy Crawford


Off-Campus Instructor: Strings
Violin (Glamorgan)

A native of Calgary, Joy celebrated her 17th season as a violinist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra before retiring in 2010. Her early orchestral experiences were with the National Youth Orchestra and the Calgary Youth Orchestra, where she served as concertmaster, and freelancing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joy earned a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University while studying with Francis Chaplin. Upon graduating, Joy won a position in Europe with the Overijessels Philharmonic Orchestra in Enschede, Netherlands. While in Enschede, Joy traveled to Cologne, Germany to study privately and attend masterclasses with Max Rostal.

In 1981 Joy won a position with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and enjoyed playing and touring extensively in Europe, Asia and North America for the next 11 years. She also studied at the Utrechts Conservatorium with Viktor Lieberman at this time.

Joy returned to Canada in 1992 after winning a position in the Victoria Symphony. One year later, she returned to Calgary to join the violin section of the CPO.

Over the past 5 years, Joy has attended Suzuki Institutes in Calgary with Michele Higa George and in Ithaca, NY with Edward Kreitman. She has also been engaged in the Suzuki apprenticeship program in Calgary with teacher trainer Joanne Melvin.

Joy has also been an active teacher in Brandon and the Netherlands. Joy continues her love of teaching the violin at Mount Royal University, Conservatory and freelancing with the CPO and Red Deer Symphony.