Joy Plesner, born to a musical family, was a member of the first violin section of the Honolulu Symphony at age 15.
She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory with degrees in violin and piano.
also studied at the Mozarteum
in Salzburg, Austria.
was a violist in the Houston Symphony for over forty years, sharing a music stand for a good many of those years with Hugh Gibson.
has taught extensively in Houston--first at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts
, and later as the viola instructor at Sam Houston State University
, in Huntsville, Texas.
Now living in San Luis, Colorado, Ms. Plesner currently teaches violin and viola at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
has two daughters--Delise, who is autistic and lives in a group home near her
mother; and Sharman, a concert violinist who lives in France and who is performing in January 2008 Soundscapes concert.