Joe Dyvig

Conductor, Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony (TJYS)

Joe Dyvig is currently the orchestra teacher at Olympia High School, as well as the Music and Visual Arts coordinator for the Olympia School District. Prior teaching assignments include the Northshore School District, Ferndale School District, and Monroe Public Schools.

In his time at Olympia High School the orchestra program has been awarded, on numerous occasions, first place recognition at various competitions including the Mount Hood Community College Orchestra Festival, The WWU/W-ASTA Orchestra Festival, and the WIAA/WMEA State Ensemble Contest. These awards were across all levels of orchestra. Orchestras under Joe’s direction have performed at both the Washington Music Educator Association’s (WMEA) conference and the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Northwest Division conference.

As a performer, Joe has been a member of the Symphony Tacoma Double Bass section since 2011. He has also served as Assistant Principal Double Bass with Olympia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Bass of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, He has performed with Federal Way Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, and the Dallas Wind Symphony.

While an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, Joe studied double bass with Barry Lieberman, and tuba and conducting with Tim Salzman. His Masters of Music Education was completed at the University of North Texas where he was a double bass teaching assistant to Jeff Bradetich, as well as the Master Teacher for the University String Project.

He has been on the WMEA board in various roles for six years and has been the organizing chair for both the All-State Chamber Orchestra and the All-Northwest Orchestra. Joe has presented at the WMEA and NAfME Northwest Division conferences on multiple occasions. Additionally, he is on staff as assistant director and double bass teacher at the Birch Bay String Teachers’ Workshop, as well as leading the teacher inservice component of the Hammond Ashley Memorial Bass Workshop. Joe was selected as the Chinook Music Educators Association music teacher of the year in 2022 and is a National Board Certified Teacher. He lives in rural Thurston County with his wife Lisa and two children, Jorie and Lucas.


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