Anthony J. Joseph, a native of Rome, New York, is a retired music teacher, having completed a 33 year career from September, 1973 to June, 2006. He spent 26 of those years as a music teacher for the City School District of Oswego (1980-2006), where his duties included directing the Oswego High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensembles, Marching Band (1981-84) and instrumental/ woodwind music lesson instruction. He had previously taught instrumental music for Draper High School, Schenectady, N.Y. (1973-74) and for the Maine-Endwell School District, Endwell, N.Y. (1974-80). During his long career the ensembles under his direction have consistently achieved excellence on several levels, earning numerous awards and accolades and standing ovations for their outstanding performances, musicianship, and stage presence.
‘Mr. Joe’ as he affectionately became known by his beloved students, holds degrees in Music from Onondaga Community College (1971) and Fredonia State University (1973), with advanced studies at Binghamton State University and the College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y. In August 1990, he received his Certificate of Advanced Studies and Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Oswego State University. During the 1989-90 school year Mr. Joe completed a one-year administrative internship as the Director of Music for the Auburn Enlarged City School District. During the 2000-01 school year Mr. Joe was on special assignment as the Coordinator for the Students At Risk ‘Oasis’ Program at Oswego High School. Throughout his entire career Mr. Joe has consistently displayed a genuine passion for teaching and a sincere desire to make a difference. He takes great personal pride in his willingness to strive to always make his program goals be all about ‘his kids.’
Anthony J. Joseph had the honor of receiving the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s 2006 Outstanding Instrumental Music Educatoraward. He is also a multiple year honoree for induction into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers(1998-2006) having been nominated by former students. During the 2002 school year, Mr. Joe and his OHS Symphonic Band students were featured on a WIXT Channel Three in Syracuse, New York television presentation as part of their series to recognize outstanding teachers nominated by their students and colleagues. The program is titled Teacher of the Week, and is sponsored by the New York State Lottery. In 1996 Mr. Joe received the heartfelt honor of the Oswego High School yearbook dedication. He has been a certified New York State School Music Association adjudicator and remains active as a clinician, guest conductor/artist, and performer.
Mr. Joe has held memberships in several professional music organizations including: The New York State Band Director’s Association; the New York State School Music Association; the International Association of Jazz Educators; and the American Federation of Musicians -lifetime member. He also maintains a performance career as a professional clarinetist, leading his own group: “The Anthony Joseph “Swingtet”, which specializes in performing classic jazz standards form The Great American Songbook of Jazz. Their cd received a 2007 SAMMY Award nomination.
Mr. Joe credits his parents for enabling him to appreciate the joy and the beauty of music when he was growing up, particularly jazz. He also credits his junior high school music teacher Mr. Calvin Dening for being his inspiration to become a music teacher. For whatever praise and/or awards he has received Mr. Joe will always believe that he ‘was truly the lucky one’ for having had the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues, and for being able to get to know and to work with ‘just the greatest kids’ during his 33 years.
Anthony Joseph and his wife of 45 years, the former Kathy Edwards, who is a native Oswegonian, and their three beloved fur babies: Jazz, Gabby, and Rudy, continue to reside in Oswego~