Joy Blanchard is a freshman at Boston University Academy, studying music with Dr. Brett Abigaña. She is also a student in the Longy School of Music at Bard College Pre-college Program, where she studies composition with John Morrison and piano with Eleanor Perrone. She has participated in the Community Music Center of Boston Young Composer’s Festival and the Music Educator’s National Conference Youth Composition Festival at University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition to composition and piano, Joy plays the flute and is involved in chamber music and chorus ensembles.
Joy discovered music at the age of 4 when she began taking Suzuki Method piano lessons, with an emphasis on ear training and eurythmics. At the age of 7, she enrolled in the Longy School of Music Young Performers Program, where she took classes in music theory, composition, piano duo, piano performance, chamber music, and chorus as well as traditional piano lessons. Once in middle-school, Joy learned to play the flute and joined the school band, wind ensemble, school chorus, and select chorus. Her all-around musicality earned her the Excellence in Music award upon graduation. When not indulging in her passion for music, Joy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She participates in Model UN and varsity basketball at BU Academy.