Joy Boole is a freelance clarinettist and pianist from Wiltshire, who is passionate about performing and teaching music. Joy studied clarinet and second study piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music.
For the last 2.5 years Joy has been working in Bulgaria. She started working in State Opera Ruse and Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-Principal Clarinet with Bass Clarinet. She then won the audition for Principal Clarinet with State Opera Stara Zagora and worked with the company for 1 year. Joy gained an excellent reputation in Bulgaria and as well as her full-time positions with the two orchestras, Joy also worked as a freelance clarinettist with State Operas in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. She has recently begun a trial as Sub-Principal Clarinet and Eb Clarinet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with them twice already and has more concerts to follow throughout the rest of the year.
Joy is also a keen pianist and during her work with State Operas in Ruse and Stara Zagora, she would often accompany singers and instrumentalists in preparation for opera performances and recitals. Joy is frequently called upon to accompany students for their graded examinations as well and finds her skills particularly useful for assisting her woodwind pupils in their lessons. She also finds her piano skills useful in helping students to develop their aural skills and deepen their understanding of harmonies.
Joy has a vast array of teaching experience working as a private tutor in schools and for music services. Prior to moving to Bulgaria, she lived in Brighton where she owned her own private teaching practice: teaching piano and woodwind to both young and old. She has taken many of her pupils through music examinations from grade 1 to diploma level, with a 100% pass rate, including many merit and distinction results!
Joy is also keen to get her pupils to perform even in the very early stages of their education. She encourages them to perform in school assemblies and concerts, as well as external recitals, competitions and masterclasses. In London there is an abundance of great opportunities to watch amazing performers. Joy always keeps her ear to the ground looking out for fantastic performances for her pupils to attend.