Joel VanderZee studied Engineering at Purdue University, completed an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition at Calvin University, and earned his Master’s in Organ Performance at Western Michigan University. He became an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, and later a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Joel has served several churches in Michigan, Virginia, and Ontario, Canada.
In addition to his work as a church musician, recitalist and accompanist, Joel maintains a parallel career as an organbuilder. He currently works for Taylor and Boody Organbuilders in Staunton, VA, where he works in all aspects of the craft, from keyboard making to tonal finishing.