Joel Schut is active as a violinist, conductor, and educator. He holds degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Colorado-Boulder and Violin Performance and Music Education from the University of Michigan where he was awarded the Albert A. Stanley Medal, the school's highest honor. A resident of Michigan, USA, he currently serves as director of the acclaimed Okemos High School Orchestra Program and performs with the Flint and Lansing Symphony Orchestras.
With a strong belief in music’s ability to promote citizen cultural diplomacy, he served as an American Music Ambassador on 2010 and 2014 Cultures in Harmony projects in Tunisia, conductor and violin faculty for the 2012 and 2014 Campamento Sinfónico Juvenil de Honduras in Tegucigalpa, and guest faculty at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul summer 2013. He is a graduate of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas Global Leaders connecting innovators in youth orchestra education throughout the Americas and continues his work as a program mentor. He maintains an active guest conducting, teaching, and performing schedule with recent engagements with the Idaho All State Orchestra as well as university and public education programs throughout the USA and abroad.