M Joseph Willette (b. 1997) is a composer and educator
currently residing in the bustling city of Wichita, Kansas. Often
drawing inspiration from other forms of art such as literature and
sculpture, Joey (they/them) utilizes delicate timbres and rich
sonorities to capture the idyllic intimacies and onerous
tribulations of the human experience. Their music for chamber
ensembles, wind band, and choir has been performed around
the United States, and recent projects include collaborations
with the Wichita State University Dance Department scoring the
film She Moved the Prairie, and commissions from members of
the Kansas State University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble,
and the Georgia State University Trombone Studio.
Joey holds a Bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Troy
University, and has worked as a clinician with music programs
throughout the southeastern United States. During their
undergraduate studies, their music was premiered by the Troy
University Symphony Band, and the Troy University Collegiate
Singers, as well as the Delta Zeta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Joey is an amateur photographer, and is fond of poetry, scented
candles, and a #6 from Taco Bell with a Baja Blast (no ice).
They are an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.