Joy Keown Bedillion
Owner and Administrative Director/Cello Instructor
Cellist Joy Keown Bedillion began her musical studies at age four. At thirteen she was awarded the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra Quartet Scholarship to study cello with the faculty of Columbus State University. A year later Bedillion was invited to be a part of the National Symphony Orchestra, a group of young musicians who performed in Carnegie Hall under the well-known conductor and composer Lucas Foss. As a seventeen year old she won the Blount-Slawson scholarship to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for the summer of 2005. Joy Keown Bedillion completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts in their music conservatory under Dr. Brooks Whitehouse. As a student she has performed for such world renowned musicians as David Finkel, Steve Doane, Andres Diaz, and Alan Stepansky. In June of 2011 Joy Keown was named as a Texas Music Festival Orchestra Fellow. Recently she was awarded a masters degree from Louisiana State University where she studied with Dennis Parker. An avid chamber musician, Bedillion has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Christopher O’Riley and Dennis Parker. She also served as a founding member for the Aloha Piano Quartet in 2012. As a cello teacher, Joy Keown Bedillion began taking students at the age of 16 and has been teaching ever since. She joined the staff at Grace Notes Music Studio in June of 2009 and maintains a full studio. Bedillion resides in Baton Rouge and performs in the cello sections of many local orchestras including the Baton Rouge Sympony Orchestra, Opera Louisiane, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Baton Rouge Little Theater.