Nancy Joy 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 Dr. Warner Hutchison. Nancy is currently in her sixteenth year as Horn Professor at New Mexico State University. In her first year at NMSU, Nancy created a new horn choir, called the "NMSU Corno Crew" which is very active in premiering new works. The NMSU Horn Choir was invited to be a premiere 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 the 2008 Symposium in Denver, CO.
Nancy 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 the NMSU University Singers and Masterworks Chorus, the 2007 New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival, the Las Cruces High School Band, the Mayfield High School Band, the EL Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra, the NMSU Wind Ensemble and the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Nancy has performed solos at the Western United States Horn Symposium (WUSHS) in Las Vegas premiering a five movement work for horn and piano by Paul Basler at WUSHS on October 27, 2006 and most recently performed as a contributing artist at the Southwest Horn Symposium in San Diego CA, in May 2010 and the Southwest Horn Conference in Phoenix, AZ in January 2012. Ms. Joy performed a 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 and the up-coming 2012 Symposium at University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Ms. Joy was elected from the IHS membership as a member of the Advisory Council and has served two terms of office. She is currently the International Workshop Coordinator and Chair of the IHS Scholarship Committee.
Nancy was the Featured Guest Artist at the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) "Holiday Brass" in Baltimore, MD in November 2011 and will be a guest artist at the IWBC symposium in June 2012.
Nancy 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.