Joseph H. Conyers was appointed assistant principal bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010 after tenures with the Atlanta Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and Grand Rapids Symphony where he was principal bass. He has served as acting associate principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2017. Joseph has performed with numerous orchestras as soloist across the USA and is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Recognized both for his artistic and social entrepreneurial endeavors, awards include the Sphinx Organization’s Medal of Excellence (2019) – the organization’s most prestigious recognition; the C. Hartman Kuhn award (2018) - the highest honor bestowed upon a musician of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Musical America’s 30 Top Professionals – Innovators, Independent Thinkers, and Entrepreneurs (2018). In 2015, Joseph was the inaugural recipient of the 2015 Young Alumni Award from his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.
A formidable advocate for music education, Joseph is the executive director of Project 440 (project440.org) – an organization that helps young people use their interest in music to forge new pathways for themselves and ignite change in their communities. Additionally, he is the music director of Philadelphia’s All City Orchestra which showcases the top high school musicians of the School District of Philadelphia. Joseph serves on the double bass faculty of both The Juilliard School and Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and is a frequent guest clinician and speaker presenting across the country from Yale University to The Colburn School.