Joy Sears, flute repair specialist, flutist, and teacher was fortunate growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio where she was privileged in having wonderful musical experiences and teachers that fostered her love of music and the flute.
Joy graduated from the University of Akron with a dual degree in music education and flute performance, where she studied with George Pope. Dr. Eldred Spell, whom she met at a masterclass while attending the University of Akron, became her next teacher and mentor. She graduated with an MA degree in flute performance and a concentration in flute repair from Western Carolina University.
Joy performed in Master classes of Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennett, Stephen Preston, and George Pope. She was a finalist in the Flute Society of Washington’s Young Artist’s Competition. Formerly a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Center, she has performed with the Greenville and Charlotte Symphonies, Spartanburg Philharmonic and has recorded cd’s as a member of the National Flute Choir.
As a music educator, Joy has taught high school and middle school band, elementary school chorus, general music and gifted music classes in the public schools. She also enjoyed teaching flute repair and music appreciation classes at the collegiate level.
Joy had the honor of working at Straubinger Flutes and JL Smith & Company repairing flutes. Dr. Spell, David and Joel Straubinger emphasized the importance of the lightest touch, craftsmanship and attention to detail. She is highly skilled in both the traditional Boston style padding as well as Straubinger padding. Joy has taught flute repair courses at Western Carolina University and at the Wildacres Flute Retreat to students of all levels and abilities.
She now focuses most of her time on her own flute repair business, private teaching and family. Joy loves being active with family and friends, and enjoys training and participating in sprint triathlons.