In 1958 Joe finished ten years of study with Joseph Schmid, a student of Alban Berg, completing
Schoenberg's harmony, counterpoint and composition courses. Joe went on to teach harmony, 16th
century counterpoint and composition at the Brooklyn Conservatory while continuing to compose and
in 1963 was commissioned by Erich Leinsdorf of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to write a piano
concerto. It was premiered in 1985 by the American Composers Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.
As a soloist in the 50's and early 60's he performed Greek, Syrian, Jewish and Turkish music on clarinet
and saxophone as well as pop music of the day