Philadelphia Orchestra’s assistant principal bass, going beyond the orchestra stage

Posted on: April 22, 2015

“Most people take one look at tall, dark and handsome Joseph Conyers, and assume that he’s a professional athlete,” writes Kimberly Garrison in Wednesday’s (4/22) Philadelphia Daily News. “ ‘I love classical music,’ beamed Conyers, who is the Philadelphia Orchestra’s effervescent assistant principal double bassist…. It’s obvious that Conyers is a man who thinks intensely about everything he does…. ‘As a musician, I’m a small-muscle athlete, and I started lifting weights because the big muscles have to help the little muscles,’ Conyers said. Then, of course, there’s the 40 hours a week of practice and rehearsal…. In 2012, he [competed] in his first bodybuilding competition … and much to his and everyone else’s surprise, he won…. Conyers remains committed to community and education through music. In addition to running his music nonprofit, Project 440, he is putting his time and passion into in his new stewardship of the Philadelphia School District’s All-City Orchestra. If Conyers has his way … all children in Philadelphia will have access to a rich music education…. Conyers has a vision that, through the power of music, lives can be transformed and music energy harnessed to build strong communities everywhere.”

Posted April 22, 2015