Joe Scheivert is in his third year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for University Bands at the University of Iowa and is currently enrolled in the D.M.A. in Band Conducting program. His duties include conducting concert ensembles and serving as a graduate staff member for the Hawkeye Marching Band and Iowa Pep Band.
Prior to his enrollment at the University of Iowa, Mr. Scheivert taught instrumental music at international schools in Asia, first at International School Eastern Seaboard in Sri Racha, Thailand, followed by the Senri and Osaka International Schools of Kwansei Gakuin in Osaka, Japan. Both appointments afforded him opportunities to conduct diverse levels of performers, establish new ensembles and classes, organize school music festivals, and travel with students both domestically and internationally. He also taught choral and general music in the Cape Henlopen School District, Lewes, Delaware.
Mr. Scheivert earned a Master of Music Education degree in 2007 from the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied with Richard Bundy, Dennis Glocke, Joanne Rutkowski, Linda Thornton, and Ann Clements. As Graduate Assistant for Athletic Bands, his responsibilities with the Penn State Marching Blue Band and Pride of the Lions Basketball Pep Band included conducting, writing drill, heading technology initiatives, aiding with band administration, and leading pep band trips. Scheivert also earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Penn State in 2003, where he studied tuba with Marty Erickson and graduated with distinction.
Since arriving in Iowa City in 2013, Mr. Scheivert has been an active musician in the community as Director of Brass at Zion Lutheran Church, director of the University of Iowa Volleyball Pep Band, a private lesson instructor for the Iowa City Community School District, and a frequent guest teacher of music classes from elementary through high school. He holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Golden Key.
Originally from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, Mr. Scheivert currently lives in North Liberty with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children, Kathryn, Jacob, Samuel, and Benjamin.