I am the youngest of six children and grew up in a family of musicians. All of my siblings took piano lessons and then moved on to other instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and a couple of them took vocal lessons. So, as I grew up, I was always hearing someone practicing, performing at a recital, or playing with a band. When it was time for me to learn an instrument, I was extremely excited. I started taking piano lessons at age 9 from a Bellevue, Nebraska teacher, Becky Deese. After a year of lessons, I had fallen in love with music. I took lessons from her for six years, and after that, my teacher recommended that I move on and find a new teacher who had more experience so that I could progress further and faster. During my sophomore year in high school, I had then moved on to Ellen Kershaw, who is also a Bellevue, Nebraska teacher. After I graduated high school, I enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying Music in the fall of 2021.
As a highschooler I involved myself anywhere there was music. I took choir class for all four years of high school. I attended a private Christian school and was actively involved in my school’s worship band for Thursday morning chapels. My last year of high school, I joined the concert band as a keyboard player and thoroughly enjoyed it. In May of 2021, I joined the worship band at my church, Lifegate and I am still actively involved in serving there. In October of 2021, I competed in the NMTA Piano Competition and received Alternate Winner. In December of the same year, I competed in the F-division of the IMTA Piano Competition auditions and received first place. I will now be competing in the State Competition for IMTA in March of 2022.
I am currently a Music Studies major at UNO pursuing a bachelor’s in Music Performance, and I am studying under Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor. My goals for the future are to be a performer/composer and to start a studio to teach piano lessons. Some of my biggest aspirations are to one day perform with an orchestra, and to enter the film industry and compose film scores.
You can find Joshua’s 2022 Winter Music Competition piano performance here.