Office: York House
Joel Behrens, a member of the Millersville University, music faculty since 1981, teaches flute, conducts the Millersville University Flute Ensemble and teaches courses in American Music, Western Music, Popular Music, Language of Music, and Woodwinds class. Mr. Berhens also directed the Music Preparatory Program at the university for many years. A former member of the West Point Military Academy Band, the 553rd Pennsylvania Air National Guard Band, and the Royal Canadian Ballet Company Orchestra, he has performed with various national touring companies of Fiddler On the Roof, Peter Pan, Sunset Boulevard, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Annie, Carousel, Ragtime, Camelot, and the international touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar. As a recitalist, he has performed in New York City, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and as a soloist in various European concert tours including Norway, England and the Netherlands. Mr. Behrens holds a B.S. in music education from Lebanon Valley College, an M.M. degree from the University of Michigan and has done additional course work at the University of Maryland. His teachers include John Wummer (principal flute of the New York Philharmonic), Harold Bennett (principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and John Krell of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to joining the Millersville University faculty, Mr. Behrens taught as an adjunct instructor at Wilson College and as a fulltime faculty member at Susquehanna University, where he was the supervisor of all student teachers in music, the instructor of flute and clarinet, woodwinds methods, band literature, and the instrumental methods instructor. As a long-time member of the National Flute Association, he has served as a finals judge of the Newly Published Music Committee for six years and has performed at and conducted several of the national conventions. He was the co-principal flutist, featured soloist and chairman of the orchestra member committee of the Harrisburg Symphony for nineteen years. For twenty years he was the principal flutist of the Harrisburg Chorale Society. He has served as principal flutist, conductor, and board member of the Harrisburg City Band from 1972 to the present. Also, from 1972 to the present, he has been the principal flutist of the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. For fifteen years he was the conductor of the Camp Hill Trinity Lutheran Community Orchestra and has been a guest conductor and featured soloists of various county, district and regional band festivals in Pennsylvania.