I am the harp faculty member of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Vancouver Academy of Music, obtaining a doctoral degree from Indiana University with a master degree from Yale University and a bachelor degree from UBC. I have gained confidence in teaching through my diverse education from different method schools. In the later part of my study, I have had the honour to be under the tutelage of three wonderful teachers, Miss. Susann McDonald (pupil of Henriett Renie), Dr. June Han (graduate of Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris), and Ms. Rita Costanzi (pupil of Marcel Grandjany and Jacqueline Borot). All three towering figures gave me disciplinary training on the French School of harp playing. In the beginning of my study, Ms. Jia-He Lee and Mrs. Elizabeth Bligh (Principle Harpist of VSO) introduced me to the Salzedo School of harp playing. To enrich my knowledge on the Baroque Style, I studied with Mrs. Helga Storck (Professor of the Mozarteum, Salzburg) in Germany for one summer.
I was the associate instructor at Indiana University, the largest harp department in the world, giving private lessons and studio classes on orchestral excerpts. The lessons varied from young children to graduate students. At the same time, I received training on harp pedagogy from the university with thorough examinations on method books, studies and repertoire at different levels. I am honoured to have received such a strong foundation of the fundamentals at one of the world's top music institutes on PERFORMING and TEACHING. This intrigued me to teach harp pedagogy and now I am training other young harp teachers in town on advancing their teaching ability.
I am a well-rounded musician who performs solo recitals, chamber concerts and orchestra concerts and explores repertoire from early music to contemporary music. Therefore, I receive inspiration form different styles of music which helps my students to have a complete education. Having a minor in music theory and having written scholarly research papers, I also emphasize the understanding of the history, style, performance practice and theoretical analysis of the students' repertoire.
I am also active in charitable music organizations throughout Vancouver, BC.
American Harp Society BC Chapter: Director-at-Large
The American Harp Society BC Chapter invites internationally world-class famous harpists to Vancouver for masterclasses and recitals. We also unite harpists, from amateurs to professionals, to host harp events in town.
Vancouver Women’s Musical Society: Co-Scholarship Chair
The VWMS, since 1905, has supported emerging young musicians and helped establish their performing career. As the former First Place Winner of the VWMS Scholarship Competition, it is especially meaningful for me to be able to give back to the next generation. We host monthly recitals and an annual Scholarship and Bursary Competitions.
I have had students from different countries to study with me, including USA, France, Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. My students are well-connected and active in performing with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra and at competitions/examinations such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition, the Edith Lando Gifted Youth Scholarship Competition and the RCM Examinations. Many have been recognized with honours and awards.
I hold a private teaching studio in Richmond close to No.3 Road and Cambie Road.
"Words cannot express how grateful we are to Ms. Yeh for taking our daughter Erika under her wings. Erika absolutely loves being in Joy’s classes. She said Joy made the classes fun and interesting. Joy is friendly, encouraging and creative when helping Erika get over hurdles in her pieces. Erika said Joy had a whole lot of books and was able to whip out a page from a book that addressed the difficulties Erika was facing. Erika really appreciates the fact that when Joy gets frustrated with Erika for not practicing, Joy will not raise her voice at Erika but instead patiently reminds Erika that Joy should not be wasting the class time for practicing with her. Joy has inspired and motivated Erika in learning a lot in such a short time ( I can’t believe Erika is going to enter Grade 6 RCM exam within learning harp for 3 years only ). Joy is very flexible and understanding whenever Erika slacks off but will insist that Erika practice extra to make up for it. Joy is such a dedicated teacher that she often emails recordings to me after class that she has made herself to let Erika listen to it to help with her practice. We are so fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated musician as our daughter’s teacher."
- Ashley L, Vancouver
"I have had the extreme privilege to begin the harp with Joy at the Jacobs School of Music. As a soprano and former pianist, I could learn the pieces quite fast, we then worked deeply on the quality of the sound and on the technique, particularly to avoid any tension from the start (I was worried of being stopped by poor posture as I had been in my piano practice years ago). Joy took the time to share her passion with me, listening and adapting to my personal needs and concerns. It was also a wonderful moment to hear her recital at the JSOM. She gave me much motivation to practice a lot and later she encouraged me to go on learning when I got back to France. I am very grateful that she entered my music life !"
- Audrey Escots, Performance Diploma, Indiana University, France