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I have led projects for a variety of ensembles and organizations during the last six years.  My work as an animatuer relies heavily on interdisciplinary approaches and draws on the values of collaboration and community.  If you would like to arrange a workshop or long-term project with your ensemble, or training with students, please get in touch.

Animateur/Teaching Services

Selected feedback from Teacher Training sessions & workshops:

"The ability to transform a room with music is powerful and Joshua does so with humility, honor, and brilliance."

"Mr. Smith is one of those sought-after artists/educators that everyone is eager to work with."

What is an animateur?

From the great Wikipedia:

"An animateur is a musical professional whose role is to engage audiences with a new or unfamiliar form of music, 'bringing it to life' beyond what might be expected in a traditional performance."

My answer:

Animateurs are fellow musicians who collaborate with ensembles and directors to create experiences that promote innovative engagement between audience and performers through interdisciplinary solutions, often changing the way people think about traditional art forms.


As directors and educators, what if we had more:

  • collective mentoring instead of following the latest choral content creator on Instagram

  • contextual solutions to our problems

  • experiential learning

  • teaching practice that applies theory

We can create healthier and sustainable solutions together. Working with an animateur releases pressure to figure it out yourself and helps you rely on the resources, both human and material, that are present in your ensemble now. It is a collaborative experience that grows your practice-based solutions as a leader and educator.


Previous Community Projects

Symphony of Retrospect

A collaboration with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra on the 50th Anniversary Season that included interactive research, coffee talk presentations, and a 50th Anniversary book.

aqua :: in terra pax

Using a Headmaster's academic theme of "Earth," a concert was created to include water themed repertoire and interactive kiosks were created by students for audience members to engage with sustainable water research.

More Coming

More of Joshua's previous projects will be posted soon...


Animateur Services


Anywhere from start to finish, I can help:

  • consulting & planning

  • teaching & facilitating

  • performing & engaging

Animateur Services


Pathways for growth and development:

  • reflecting & building

  • recruiting & growing

  • learning & leading

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More Coming

More of Joshua's previous projects will be posted soon...

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