Growing up on a walnut farm in Springfield, Ohio with “ blue grass” and “gospel” music in her genes, Nancy Joy played horn, trumpet, cello, sang in the choir and had lead theater roles during her public school education.
She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University School of Music in Springfield, Ohio, studying with Dr. Richard Chenoweth and then completed a Master of Music in Horn Performance at New Mexico State University, studying with Professor Emeritus, Dr. Warner Hutchison. Nancy is currently in her twenty fourth year as Horn Professor at New Mexico State University.
In her first year at NMSU, Nancy created a horn choir, called the “NMSU Corno Crew” which is very active in premiering new works. The NMSU Horn Choir was invited to be a premier performing ensemble at the following International Horn Society (IHS) Symposiums: 1999 in Athens, GA., the 2000 Symposium in Beijing, China; the 2005 Symposium in Tuscaloosa, AL; and 2008 Symposium in Denver, CO and the 50th International Symposium in August 2018 in Muncie, IN.
Ms. Joy is Principal Horn of the Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU, and Second Horn of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Opera Company. Recent solo performances include performances locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Nancy has performed as a contributing artist at the Southwest Horn Symposium in San Diego CA, in May 2010 and June 2014. She also performed at the Southwest Horn Conference in Phoenix, AZ in January 2012 and January 2017. Ms. Joy commissioned and performed the world premiere of “South Africa” by Matthew Saunders for Horn & Marimba at the 41st Annual International Horn Symposium in Macomb, IL. Nancy has appeared as a guest artist at the International Horn Symposiums (IHS) in Rochester, NY; Kansas City, MO.; Tuscaloosa, AL.; Capetown, South Africa; Denver, CO; Macomb, Illinois; Brisbane, Australia; and San Francisco, CA; Denton, TX; in Memphis, TN; in London, England, Los Angeles, CA. Muncie, IN., and Ghent, Belgium. During the 50th IHS Symposium, she performed a world premier of Lon Chaffin’s “Red River” for Flute, Horn & Piano; performed with the Advisory Council and with the Big Band All-Stars.
At IHS 51 in Ghent Belgium in 2019, Nancy performed another world premiere, “The Temptress Dragon of the Purple Mountain” for horn and piano by NMSU Alum, David Beasley. Ms. Joy was elected from the IHS membership as a member of the Advisory Council and has completed her two terms of office. She is currently the International Horn Society’s International Symposium Coordinator. She received The International Horn Society’s prestigious Service Medal of Honor from the IHS Advisory Council in Ghent Belgium for her 13 years of service as the International Horn Society’s International Symposium Coordinator.
Nancy was the Featured Guest Artist at the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) “Holiday Brass” in Baltimore, MD in November 2011 and a contributing guest artist at the IWBC symposia in June 2012 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI; June 2014 at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, June 2017 at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and May 2019 at the Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
At IWBC 2012, Ms. Joy commissioned and performed the world premier of “Trio for Flute, Horn and Piano, Op. 54” by Linda Holland with Nancy’s trio, entitled Allura. Summer, 2013, Ms. Joy performed a recital at the Ottery St. Mary in England. Nancy was also a Featured Artist at the Brazilian National Horn Symposium, in Natal, Brazil in September 2014. She has performed with Spanish Brass Luur Metales and taught at the Spanish Brass Symposium (SBALZ) in Alzira, Spain in 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2018.
In August 2019, Nancy was a Featured Artist at the 2nd Festival Corno de Panamá in Panamá City, Panamá where she performed chamber music with the other Featured Artists, conducted the Panamá Horn Choir, gave clinics and lectures and taught 50 students from Central America and South America.
Ms. Joy has served as a featured clinician at several NMMEA All-State Music Festival giving clinics on horn pedagogy. She is the owner of the “Horn of Joy” music studio teaching private lessons to beginning horn students through high school level and is a requested clinician and solo performer in the southwest. Nancy is also on the board of directors for the Interactive Video Audition Service International (IVASI) and presents clinics and demonstrations internationally for this company, along with giving Breathing Gym Clinics in Germany, South Africa, and Colombia and all over the USA. Ms. Joy, most recently, was elected to the board of the International Women’s Brass Conference, serving on various committees for the organization.