Recently back from performances in Warsaw, Poland and Mexico City, Dr. Joel Bluestone's active schedule included performances last year in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, California, Florida and South Carolina. Other recent performances included Amsterdam, Australia, Estonia and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Dr. Bluestone is entering his 14th year as Co-Founder/Percussionist with the northwest's premiere contemporary new music ensemble, "Fear No Music". He is the Principal Timpanist with Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra and has been the Principal Timpanist with the Missouri Symphony.
His day job is being a Music Professor at Portland State University, where he has been the head of the Percussion Department since 1989. In addition, he is the Assistant Chairperson of the Music Department and the Graduate Coordinator. He received his BA from the University of California, at San Diego and his MM and DMA from the State University of New York, at Stony Brook. His principal teachers have been the contemporary percussionists Raymond Des Roches, Jean-Charles Francios and Richard Horowitz, Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.