Joy Branagan

Acting Fourth Horn

Joy Branagan is excited to be playing Fourth Horn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the 2017-2018 season. From 2012-2016, Joy was acting Second Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra, and currently holds the position of Second Horn with the Richmond Symphony. She has also held permanent positions in the Vancouver Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Albany Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her orchestral schedule, Joy has a private teaching studio, and has been on the faculties of Towson University and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Joy was a faculty member of Bar Harbor Brass in Maine for ten summers, and has taught and performed at the Eastern Music Festival since 2007.

Joy has a degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia and a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Outside of the concert hall, Joy will be hiking, biking, swimming, knitting, traveling, or flying on the trapeze! She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Georgia.