Joseph is the founder and president of Metadesign Associates. Born in Philadelphia, he is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy and Temple University’s Graduate School of Music. He has composed works for mixed instrumental/vocal ensembles, film, video, theater and dance. In 1977 he founded The Relâche Ensemble, which evolved into Relâche, Inc. a presenting and producing organization in support of the Relâche Ensemble. He served as founding executive and artistic director of Relâche until 1998.
Independently, and as Director of Relâche, he has been a producer of concerts, festivals, recordings, radio programs, residency programs, international tours and other related music events, including the New Music America 1987 Festival and New Music at Annenberg at The University of Pennsylvania. He is an experienced fundraiser having raised operating and project funds from philanthropic and corporate concerns nationwide. In 1992 he created a national project in partnership with Atlantic Center for the Arts, located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida titled MUSIC IN MOTION. Phase One involved five ensembles, five American cities and 30 composers in a network of community residencies to create new musical works through collaborations among all partners in the context of public outreach activities. In 1997, in association with composer-web artist, Mark Weber, he developed Music In Motion/The Virtualconcert, a project to create artistic content on the Internet. It became Part Two of MUSIC IN MOTION.
1998 – 2000 he served as Artistic Director for Helena Presents – The Myrna Loy Center, a performing arts and film center located in Helena, Montana.
2001 – 2004 while living in Louisiana he developed and taught courses in arts administration and 20th century music at the University of New Orleans and served as an independent consultant to arts organizations.
2004 – 2009 he served as executive director for Chamber Music Albuquerque, a presenting organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music ensembles in Albuquerque.
He has published criticism and book reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia City Paper and the Broad Street Review. His book titled “SETTLING SCORES: A Life in the Margins of American Music,” is an account of his life in New Music over the final quarter of the 20th century that was published by Sunstone Press in October, 2006.
He is currently working on a book, a fictional portrait of the late pianist/composer, Bill Evans.
Joseph lives in Corrales, New Mexico with his wife Laurel Wyckoff, a flutist and Director of Education and Outreach for New Mexico PBS-KNME Television.
As founding executive and artistic director for Chamber Music Albuquerque, Relâche, Music In Motion-The Virtualconcert, New Music America 1987, Helena Presents-The Myrna Loy Center and as producing director for a variety of performances, tours, residencies, lectures, special projects and related media events,
Directed all artistic components of performing arts series’ including program creation, marketing and promotion at, among other venues, Helena Presents – The Myrna Loy Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center, Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, the Simms Center as part of Chamber Music Albuquerque’s yearly concert series and a variety of venues in New York City;
Founded and directed the Relâche Ensemble, balancing the independent personalities of finely tuned musicians and shaping the ensemble into one of the most respected in their field;
Created and directed Music In Motion, a national project comprising 5 U.S. cities, Mexico City and Puerto Rico, 5 prominent performing ensembles and 34 composers in a variety of residency programs designed to develop audiences for new musical works in the context of public outreach activities;
Co-created The Virtualconcert, a component of Music In Motion designed to create artistic content on the Internet employing evolving interactive technologies to create new works and the development of a virtual community;
Produced and directed New Music America – Philadelphia, in its time it was among the largest festivals of new music and related media in North America;
Managed the day-to-day operations of the Myrna Loy Center, a 300-seat proscenium theatre and 75-seat film screening room which included a film curator, facilities technical director, marketing-promotions director, ticket manager, education-outreach director; (The arts education program titled Arts Plus! was honored by the Kennedy Center as “…one of the 12 finest arts education programs in the country.”)
Collaborated with the city-owned Helena Civic Center, a 2,000-seat facility to present large popular touring shows intended to generate revenue to support more “cutting edge” works in music, dance, theater and the spoken word;
Supervised the installation and implementation of a powerful computer ticketing and donor tracking system including overseeing training of staff and volunteers;
Designed several regional projects celebrating unique aspects of the High Plains including “When They Awake,” a project that explored the music and dance of the Metís people, a large population of mixed bloods, also known as the Little Shell Tribe, who have inhabited the Midwest and High Plains since the westward expansion of America;
Created Virtual Montana – A Learning Community to provide distance learning within arts education programs throughout rural Montana;
Successfully spearheaded a variety of fundraising strategies to raise millions of dollars for direct project and general operating expenses and maintain personal and professional connections to many of the leading private foundations and corporate philanthropies in the United States;
Developed and managed balanced operating budgets for many projects — Music In Motion-The Virtualconcert had a 1.8 million dollar operating budget and achieved all of its goals with a $30,000 surplus; each year while directing Chamber Music Albuquerque I have brought in expenses under the projected budgets;
Served as a consultant to arts organizations in Montana and Louisiana… among those the City of Great Falls to create a fundraising strategy to update the technical systems in their auditorium and assisted in developing a performing arts presenting program and city-wide festival of the performing arts;
Worked extensively with large and small institutions to increase their capacity to produce performances, residencies and aligned programs;
Created and managed exchange programs among artists and scholars between the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Japan;
Developed and managed staff and boards of directors;
Developed long and short term (3 – 5 years) business plans working closely with boards of directors, staff, community representatives and partnering arts and cultural organizations;
Collaborated with a variety of professional arts, community and university organizations to share resources;
Negotiated contracts with artists and their management and labor unions
for services in support of a variety of projects;
Assisted in the development and management of marketing strategies and public relations campaigns;
Worked closely with graphic artists in the design and production of logos, brochures, catalogues and programs;
Produced and programmed a variety of events using interactive technologies and supervised the creation of interactive web sites;
Served as a yearly guest lecturer at Drexel University’s Graduate School of Business Administration presenting talks on Arts Administration, Program Development, Presenting and Fundraising;
Founded Metadesign Associates, a consulting company to serve arts and cultural organizations;
Authored numerous articles on music, wrote Settling Scores: A Life in the Margins of American Music, published by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, NM;
Professional Positions in Arts Management
Executive Director of Chamber Music Albuquerque
I was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a chamber music presenting organization that presented a 12-concert season featuring chamber music artists of the highest caliber. All aspects of arts management were tasked while developing and directing a staff and sub-contractors to implement the mission of the organization. I worked with the board of directors and staff to ensure that Chamber Music Albuquerque (CMA) achieved a visible and responsible position in central New Mexico within the arts community. I brought in new funds from local foundations, businesses and arts agencies and assisted with direct mail fund drives, an endowment enhancement drive and special events including a series of audience development programs in private homes to enhance awareness for and appreciation of chamber music. I collaborated with other presenting organizations (including New Music Santa Fe and the Lensic Theater) and Outpost Productions in Albuquerque to block-book prominent ensembles for tours in New Mexico. I oversaw the transformation of an organization from an all volunteer one to a fully professional operation aimed at serving the people of central New Mexico.
Founding Executive and Artistic Director, the Relâche Ensemble
During the twenty three years I served as founding executive and artistic director of Relâche (www.relache.org) the ensemble premiered over 400 new works including 200 commissioned specifically for the ensemble from composers stylistically diverse as Philip Glass, Lois V Vierk, John Cage, Arturo Marquez, Fred Ho, Claudio Triputti, Mary Ellen Childs, Michael Nyman, and George Russell. These works were performed in Philadelphia and New York City and on tour in venues throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Far East. Many of these works have entered the repertoire of ensembles worldwide and been recorded by a variety of groups. Often I arranged residencies and lectures as part of these performances, produced recordings for National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting System, the Australian Broadcasting System and a number of European radio and television networks. I have produced five compact disc recordings for the Relâche Ensemble and numerous radio programs that were broadcast in Philadelphia and two nationally syndicated radio programs with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. With a dedicated staff I created numerous educational-outreach programs to embrace the multi-ethnic population of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Among the programs created were:
The Latin American Composers Project – a series of residencies, lectures and demonstrations in partnership with the Association of Latin American Musicians (AMLA). Bi-lingual composers (Spanish and English) created new works while in residence in Spanish-speaking Latino neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
The Asian-American Youth Project – a series of outreach activities in partnership with Asian-American youth groups in Philadelphia with the eminent Chinese-American composer, performer, writer and lecturer, Fred Ho and the equally eminent Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung.
The Emerging Composer – a series of short residencies, lectures, demonstrations and performances featuring new works by emerging composers, many having achieved prominence in the field of contemporary music; the most celebrated perhaps is Aaron Kernis, winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for music.
New Music In The Schools – demonstrations and presentations of new musical works in secondary schools throughout the Delaware Valley (Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware) revealing the variety of musical styles from throughout the world and their impact on the development of a unique “American musical form.”
Founding Executive Director for Music In Motion
Developed in partnership with Atlantic Center for the Arts, a prominent artists’ residency facility located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and funded through a consortium of three foundations comprised of the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation and Lila Wallace Funds, Music In Motion (MIM) was an expansive national program designed to further develop audiences for contemporary music through an elaborate network of performing ensembles, producing-presenting organizations, university arts programs and a variety of community arts agencies. With partners in five U.S. cities and connections to Mexico City, Caracas, Venezuela, Buenos Aires, Argentina and San Juan, Puerto Rico, MIM resulted in the development of 34 new works created for and performed by five leading U.S. ensembles. Each of the works was created in the context of a variety of public outreach activities, with the intent to “…demystify the creative process by sharing the musical development with audiences as the works were being made.”
In order to realize this goal, I worked closely with each “host site” to create a network of outreach partners. Among the partnering host-sites were the Cornish College of the Arts, The University of Washington, The Henry Art Gallery, Jack Straw Productions and Garfield High School in Seattle; Walker Art Museum and The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; The University of the Arts, Temple University School of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; Orlando Museum of Art and Rollins College in Orlando, Arizona State University West in Phoenix, ASU Main Campus (The Gammage Center) in Tempe, and Pima County Community College in Tucson. Aligned with these large institutions were numerous community social and educational organizations that participated fully in the residency activities and were integral partners throughout the process. The success of MIM allowed us to slightly alter the program to embrace new technologies. The result was Music In Motion-The Virtualconcert.
The final two years of MIM were dedicated to creating artistic content on the evolving Internet. The same models developed during the first three-year phase of MIM were applied to create a “virtual community” that would share in the creative process both in virtual and “real time” contexts. This resulted in four very different works, each created for performing musicians and using different software applications to develop interactive web sites using MIDI, Shockwave, Beatnik and RealAudio sound files. A complete study of this project can be found at: www.virtualconcert.org
Producing Director, New Music America – Philadelphia 1987
Between 1979 and 1991 the New Music America festivals were among the largest presentations of new works in North America. Produced in a different city each year, the festivals were an ambitious attempt to broaden audiences’ awareness for music by living composers. In addition to performances by prominent artists there were sonic installations, inter-media works, seminars, lectures, recordings and the production of a variety of texts from brochures to artists’ statements, all celebrating the unique American “experimental” spirit. Throughout this time I served on the board of directors for the New Music Alliance, the organization that provided oversight to each NMA festival that was held in the U.S. and Canada.
New Music America 1987 – Philadelphia featured over 200 composers and performers from America, Canada, Europe, South America and Japan, six sonic installations located throughout Philadelphia, a lecture series titled “Talking Music,” publications and a radio series co-produced with WNYC in New York and broadcast nationally over NPR. I facilitated numerous partnerships with organizations in Philadelphia. Producing-presenting partnerships included, among others, the Province of Quebec, Canada, Division of Culture, Association of Latin American Musicians (AMLA), American Music Theatre Festival, Franklin Institute Science Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Temple University School of Music. The two-week festival left a sonic trace on Philadelphia that survived well into the mid 1990’s. Immediately following the festival I began presenting a series of new and world music and dance events in the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, New Music At Annenberg
The series expanded the audience base for one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious performing arts centers by presenting world music and dance “new” music and jazz artists from throughout the world. Among those presented over a six-year span were the Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, The World Saxophone Quartet, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Diamanda Galas, Ali Akbar Kahn, Nusrat Fatah Ali Kahn, George Russell and the Living Time Orchestra, Festival Indonesia and the Bulgarian Women’s Choir. In partnership with the executive director of the Annenberg Center, I managed all aspects of the series, assisted in raising funds for the series and worked closely with the staff and volunteers at the center.
Artistic Director for the Myrna Loy Center
Responsible for creating, producing and presenting a yearly series of multi-arts performances and a variety of other related events, overseeing the marketing and funding for these events, overseeing the Myrna Loy Center which houses a 300 seat theatre and 75 seat film screening room. Working closely with the education outreach director I helped ensure that a variety of Helena citizens had an opportunity to learn more about the performing arts and their role in a broader cultural context.
Created Virtual Montana – A Learning Community
Was a project to “expand and enrich the cultural opportunities available to children and adults in rural Montana” by integrating communication and information technologies into a broad arts and education program.
Taught at the University of New Orleans’ Arts Administration Program
Developed courses designed to integrate the practical aspects of programming, marketing, promotion and fundraising with an historical overview of the performing arts in America. Course titles are “20/20, An Overview of 20th and 21st Century Music” and “The Arts Organization in Contemporary Society – Artistic Direction, Governance and Administration.”
Founder and President of Metadesign Associates (MA) –
MA is a consulting company to develop new programs, performances and related events within a broad historical and cultural perspective and employing communication information and production technologies. Clients have included:
The Great Falls Civic Center in Great Falls, Montana to create a fundraising strategy and raise funds for facilities improvements and developing a multi-arts presenting series.
Wakina Sky Learning Circle, an after school education program for children from Native American families. Developed and raised funds for a project to teach traditional dance and drumming techniques with elder master artists.
Of Moving Colors Dance Company, to help strengthen the board of directors, train a new executive director and develop a comprehensive three-year Strategic Plan.
UR Art & Culture, Inc. – assisting in a project named “Little Earth.”
Puccini Productions/The El Rey Theatre in Albuquerque
NAMI-NM – National Alliance for Mental Illness New Mexico
Producer of Concerts, Festivals and Tours
From 1983 – 1992 I visited Europe numerous times. In addition to visiting major Western European cities; I established relationships with the former Easter-bloc countries of Hungary, The Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania. These visits resulted in:
Tours and residencies for the Relâche Ensemble throughout Europe and exchanges with composers and performers from many countries;
Performances, lectures, demonstrations and radio interviews were arranged for visiting artists in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Orlando;
Tours for the Relâche Ensemble in many European cities including appearances at the Prague Spring Festival and the Wiener Festvolken (Vienna Festival Week);
Visits to Mexico City, Puerto Rico and Caracas, Venezuela to develop similar exchanges with Mexican, South American and Caribbean artists that resulted in exchange projects in Philadelphia, Orlando, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona and commissions to create new works for the Relâche Ensemble;
A three-month residency in Japan under the sponsorship of the Asian Cultural Council in New York City to explore potential exchanges between Japanese artists, presenters and the Relâche Ensemble, expanding a network I had been developing in Japan over a 20-year period;
Co-produced and led a two-week tour to Japan in conjunction with the American Embassy in Tokyo and the Interlink Festival;
Co-produced and led a one-week tour of Venezuela as part of the Latin American New Music Festival;
Co-produced and led a one-week residency at the Composer-To-Composer Festival in Telluride, CO;
Co-produced and led performances and residencies at New Music America festivals in Hartford, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Miami FL;
Co-produced and managed residencies and performances at the Yellow Springs Institute, Pennsylvania;
Producer, The Relâche Ensemble in Concert at the Mandell Theater, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Port of History Theater, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Arts Bank, The Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania, The International Seaport Museum.
Producer, the annual Festival of Contemporary Music at the Mandell Theater in Philadelphia
Producer, The Relâche Ensemble in Concert at Merkin Hall, New York City – a series over two years
Producer, Centering: Performance In Time and Place at Painted Bride Art Center.
Producer, PRAXIS, a series featuring new music artists from throughout the world at The Mandell Theater in Philadelphia.
Producer, in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia, Bell Atlantic’s Evening of American Music, the opening event of the yearly Philadelphia Freedom Festival.
Co-hosted Classics Close To Home for WHYY–FM, Philadelphia;
Co-produced Bertolt Brecht and Song, a theater work featuring the collaborative works of Brecht, Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler broadcast on NPR;
Co-hosted New Directions In Music on WXPN–FM;
Co–Produced and co–hosted New Music Today on WHYY–FM, Philadelphia;
Produced and wrote Focus on Contemporary Music on WHYY–FM;
Co–Produced Soundposts, an 8–part series broadcast throughout the U.S. with support from a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant;
Co-Producer, writer and on-air host for “The CMA Hour” in conjunction with KHFM Radio in Albuquerque-Santa Fe;
I have published articles in journals and newspapers dealing primarily with issues within music and especially new music. I wrote book reviews for the Philadelphia Inquirer on a variety is topics. I wrote a book titled “Settling Scores: A Life in the Margins of American Music” that was published by Sunstone Press in Santa Fe in 2007.
Producer of Recordings
Here and Now on Callisto Records;
The Well on the Hat-Art label with Pauline Oliveros;
RELÂCHE New Music Live! on Callisto Records;
Relâche On Edge CD on Mode Records;
Outcome Inevitable on O.O. Discs;
Pick It Up on Monroe Street Music;
I have extensive experience in all aspects of fund raising having successfully generated funds from private philanthropies, government agencies, corporations and private donors. I have developed and managed several not-for-profit boards of directors and been a principal fundraiser for a variety of local, national and international music projects. I am versed in all aspects of proposal development, submission, follow-up and reporting.
Additional professional activities
Founder–performer–composer, The Improvisatory Music Project, a contemporary quartet devoted to jazz;
Performed throughout the Philadelphia Public School System under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc.;
Director of Music and teacher of music at the Miquon Upper School in Philadelphia;
Music Director for The Philadelphia Cup sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Council of Philadelphia;
Music teacher at the Community College of Philadelphia;
Faculty member at Temple University College of Music Preparatory and Extension Division where I taught private and class lessons in theory and composition and taught a course titled A Survey of 20th Century Music; An Examination of the Musical Avant–Garde;
Developed courses and taught in the Arts Administration program at the University of New Orleans;
Production Coordinator for Transformations at the Yellow Springs Institute for Contemporary Studies and the Arts (YSI) in Chester Springs, PA;
Director of New Music In The Schools, a unique program in which contemporary (classical) music was presented in secondary schools throughout Pennsylvania;
Director, New Music Residency at Yellow Springs Institute for the Arts;
Lighting Designer and Production Coordinator for Appel Farm Opera Theater;
Lighting Designer and Production Coordinator at the Yellow Springs Institute;
Contributed a variety of articles and reviews to The Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers and journals;
Member, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Member, American Music Center
Member, American Composers Forum
Former Board Member, The New Music Alliance
Former Member, Board of Directors, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Former Board Member, Asociacion De Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA)
Former Member, Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Member, Western States Arts Federation
Former Member, Western States Jazz Presenters
Board Member, Montana Performing Arts Consortium
Member, Chamber Music America
Member, New Mexico Presenters Alliance
Frankford High School, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Musical Academy. Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Music, Composition Major. Attended under the GI Bill and PMA Scholarships. Cumulative Average 3.6. Courses in composition, electronic music, multi–media theater/dance, academic studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
Temple University Graduate School. Master’s Degree Program, Composition. Cumulative Average: 3.7. Awarded a Doctoral Fellowship 1974.
United States Navy, Communications Technician, Top-Secret Security Clearance, served with Naval Forces Seventh Fleet. Discharged Honorably.
Awards and Fellowships
Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council for travel/residency in Japan and Singapore
Fellowship from English Speaking Union of Philadelphia for travel/residency in Great Britain
Creative Artistry Award, Philadelphia Music Alliance
Several Meet The Composer grants
Two Artists Fellowships in Composition from the PA Council on the Arts
Compositions and Publications (A Sampling)
Tide Warnings an electronic score commissioned by the Tina Croll Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop
Flamedance for voice, flute, and piano
The Silent Zero for voice & 11 instruments
Synthasia for clarinet, oboe & tape
Soliloquy from the Insanity of Mary Girard for soprano & 5 instruments
Prelude to the Insanity of Mary Girard for soprano & 11 instruments
Prelude to a Vision, a tape piece for voice, flute, clarinet and electronics that served as a prelude to the play, The Insanity of Mary Girard by Lanie Robertson. Commissioned by the Trans– Atlantic Theatre Company for its performances at the Edinburgh Festival other European performances.
Noumenal Suite for flt, oboe, vlc.
Double–Wing 50, On Two for voice, flute/alto flute, oboe/Eng. horn, bass
Double–Wing 50, On Three for voice. accordion, flute
Everything Going Out for flutes oboe/Eng. horn, bass
Everything Going Out, Again for voice, alto & baritone saxophones, piano
Callisto for voice and 9 instruments
Hay Que Meter La Puntita for voice, alto flute, and vln. vla. vlc. bass, piano
I have many interests that support and inform my professional life. I read extensively with an emphasis on cultural studies, history and novels; I am an inveterate listener to the world’s music and enjoy a variety of musical styles, forms and languages; I am a wine enthusiast, attend wine tasting events and belong to wine clubs; I am an accomplished athlete having transferred skills learned playing baseball to handball and compete at regional tournaments whenever possible; maintain a regular weight-training regimen; swim and cross-country ski. I am married to Laurel Wyckoff who is the former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cultural Development and State Historic Preservation Officer, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for the state of Louisiana. An accomplished flutist, she performed with the Relâche ensemble for 18 years as well as with orchestras and chamber groups over a 25 year performing and recording career. She is currently the Education and Outreach Director for KNME Public Television in New Mexico. I am currently working on a book based on the life of the late pianist, Bill Evans.