Thomas Joiner has worked as a conductor, violinist, chamber player, and
educator across the globe. At Furman, he conducts the Furman Symphony
Orchestra in orchestral, operatic, and oratorio performances each year.
He also serves as the music director and conductor of the Hendersonville
Symphony Orchestra (N.C.).
For more than three decades, Joiner served as a member of the
artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Center (N.C.), holding the William
J. Pendergrast, Sr. Artist Chair. He also served as a concertmaster of
the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. In 2009, Joiner and his wife,
violist Anna Barbrey Joiner, received the Distinguished Alumni Award
from the Brevard Music Center.
A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Joiner has performed with the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra. He previously taught
at the University of Georgia School of Music, and served as the South
Carolina president of the American String Teachers Association and was a
member of the national board of directors of the Conductors Guild.
As an artistic ambassador for the United States Information Agency,
Joiner presented 17 violin recitals with pianist Douglas Weeks during a
five-week tour of western Africa and the Middle East. He spent a
sabbatical in France studying with eminent maestro John Nelson.