Joel West

Born:                 September 17, 1949
Died:                 May 13, 1984

Turtle Years:   1980-1981
Section:            Baritone

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Bio from program for December 1980 concert.

Joel appeared throughout the United States in numerous productions of well-known musicals, which include Caberet; How To Succeed in Business; Sweet Charity; Camelot; Man of La Mancha; No, No, Nanette; South Pacific; Promises, Promises; and Mame. He also performed in musical revues, industrial shows, operas, and oratorios. He was a featured performer in productions of The Marriage of Figaro; Dialogues of the Carmelites; Messiah; and Bach’s Mass in b minor. Joel was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Texas State University, where he studied voice with Pattye Johnstone. He received dance training from George Skibine and David Kirby.

In addition to maintaining a busy schedule of solo work, he was a computer programmer for Hou-Len Medical Enterprise.

Joel passed away in May, 1984.

This Turtle Sponsored by: TCC INET Committee

A Turtle’s History

Joel was a founding member of the Chorale. He sang with the Chorale through July 1981. During his time with the Chorale, Joel was featured in the following productions.

The debut of the Turtle Creek Chorale at Thanksgiving Square on Sunday, May 18, 1980 – sang Shenandoah as a solo.

Turtle creek chorale in concert – October 1980 – sang “The Boatmen’s Dance” in the Three American Folk Songs Medley as a solo.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – December 1980 – sang “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Carol for the Mother” as solos.

A CONCERT OF WORKS FOR MEN’S CHORUS AND ORGAN – March 1981 – sang “Beautiful Savior” as a solo.

SHOWTIME ’81 – July 1981 – sang “Tomorrow Belongs To Me” from Caberet with a Quartet and sang “If I Ruled the World” as a solo.

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