Following his graduation from the University of Illinois with a B.S. In Music Education, Joel was a music teacher and orchestra director, concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony, principal cellist with the DuPage Symphony, first violinist with the St. Louis Symphony, principal second violin with the Highland Park Strings, jobbing violinist and bass guitarist with dance and show bands in Chicago, and, while attending law school at IIT/Chicago-Kent College, violinist and bassist in the College Inn Orchestra of the Sherman Hotel.
After his admission to the bar, Joel served as Counsel for the State of Illinois Department of Registration and Education, and Associate General Counsel for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Living in Hawai‘i since his 1996 retirement from the practice of law, he’s served on many community boards as an officer and director, including those of Kona Beth Shalom, the Aloha Performing Arts Company, Habitat For Humanity, the West Hawaii Regional Hospitals, the Pualani Estates Homeowners Association, and the Kona Orchid Society. He was the first President of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society, and now serves again as President. He’s also been chair of the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission and the County Board of Appeals, and served on the Board of Ethics.
Continuing his musical pursuits on the island, he’s been principal second violin with the Kamuela Philharmonic since its founding, performs solo and chamber music recitals and as a member of Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band, and plays for weddings and banquets. He has also played and served as Music Director for many Aloha Performing Arts Company productions, most recently, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar.