Joe Oprea is the Orchestra Director for Lowell Middle school in Lowell, MI. Under his leadership, the orchestras have earned top ratings at Michigan school band and orchestra festivals. From 2015-2018, Joe directed the Encore strings as part of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra program. He is also the bass instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Joe has an extensive background in Music Education, having received a BME in Music Education and String Pedagogy from Central MI Univ (‘02) and a MM in Bass Performance from Western MI Univ (‘09). He has been a clinician for many various orchestras across the state as well as an adjudicator for S & E and B & O Festivals.