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Joy Hirokawa

Assistant Professor of Music

  • B.M.Ed., Temple University
  • M.M., Temple University
  • D.M.A., Boston University

Email: hirokawaj@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1671
Office: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 305

Areas of Research and/or Expertise:

Critical thinking in the rehearsal setting; Observation and evaluation of music teachers; Choral methods, specializing in child and adolescent voices; Choral music arranging, specializing in jazz arrangements; Conducting and rehearsal technique; Social justice and music education.


As the Program Coordinator for Music Education, Dr. Hirokawa teaches the Elementary and Secondary methods courses for music education, and supervises the music student teachers. She has taught at the graduate level in Villanova University?s Summer Music Program. Dr. Hirokawa taught in the public schools for 20 years prior to her appointment at Moravian College. A frequent guest conductor and clinician, she presents regularly at ACDA, NAfME and PMEA conferences. She has appeared as a guest conductor for both elementary and secondary choirs that have included the Connecticut All State Elementary Honors Choir, the Middle School Treble Alabama All State Chorus, the ACDA-PA All State Middle School Honors Choir, the ACDA-PA All State Women?s Honor, and the PMEA District 10 Chorus, among many others. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Bel Canto Children?s Chorus. Under her direction, the choir has performed locally, nationally and internationally to great acclaim, and has appeared at ACDA, NAfME, and PMEA conferences. Dr. Hirokawa is a published arranger, focusing on authentic jazz arrangements for younger voices. She is the current ACDA Eastern Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children and Youth Choirs and is formerlly the Southeast Region Chair for ACDA-PA. Dr. Hirokawa?s research interests include the intersection of music education and social justice issues, and choral music education for children and youth.