Violin Obsession

Violin Obsession


Mr. Howell. Back when I was just starting out in orchestra, i had it rough in my home. Just as I expect some of my fellow classmates. I mean everyone comes from their own troubles. But you really inspired me to be different. I remember I started off as a Viola player. However, I just couldn't get it down. So you switched me to 2nd Violin and let me kinda do my own thing there. After 3 years of grooming, you pushed me. I ended up next to Justin Eberly (I think that's his last name) as 2nd chair 1st violin. Without you being present in my life at that time, I don't think I'd be the person I am today. I still play from time to time. Only when I'm around someone that actually has a decent full size violin. Today I'm training to be a manager at MOD Pizza here in Conroe. With the tools to become an area general manager one day soon. Without music, I'd be stuck in Cut-N-Shoot. You actually where my shining light in the dark room. I always looked forward to coming to class. It was my favorite time of the day. When you actually moved schools, I was sad. And little scared because we are having to get used to a new conductor. But in the back of my head, I knew, there would be another kid just like me. Just needing that one person, to bring them into the light. That one person that would tell them those silly jokes, or bring in different stuff associated with orchestra. Peak their interest. Give them something to do and be passionate about something a small community. Thank you Mr. Howell. Really, thank you.
Congratulations on your new page. The name surely describes you both. Thank you for sharing your love of the violin and other stringed instruments with so many of all ages. You are true gifts to us all. I miss you.
Hiiiii let me know if you ever need a 3rd violin or guitar/ vocals. I love weddings especially;))

Joseph and Joy Howell are violin obsessed. We offer private instruction on violin, viola, and cello. as well as stringed instrument repair and restoration.

Joseph Howell began his musical odyssey in an after school program in the Houston ISD as a fourth grade student. He fell in love with the violin and has never put it down. He studied privately with Zay Sevier, Albert Muenzer, and David Chausow. Joseph Howell met his wife, violinist Joy Howell when they were both members of the Houston All-City Orchestra in junior high school. They married in 1972 while both were music students at Sam Houston State University. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree from Sam Houston State University. Mr. Howell was concertmaster of the SHSU Orchestra from 1970- 1977, and served as second violinist in the original SHSU Faculty String Quartet. His professional career has included violin performances in The Houston Symphony Orchestra, The Houston Ballet Orchestra, The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, The Brazos County Symphony, The Conroe Symphony Orchestra, and The Woodlands United Methodist Church Sanctuary Orchestra. Joseph and Joy Howell recently retired from the Conroe ISD, where they taught orchestra together for 10 years. Howell has taught at all levels and has been at Grangerland Intermediate School the past ten years. He taught master classes at area schools, including Caney Creek High School and Moorhead Junior High School. Howell began the Grangerland Summer Orchestra Camp in 2000. He also does string instrument restoration and repair. He and Mrs. Howell maintain a busy private lesson studio, teaching both violin and viola. Together, they directed the Conroe Symphony Junior Orchestra from 2003-2005. Mrs. Howell is Principal Second Violinist in the Conroe Symphony, and served as Principal Second Violinist in The Woodlands United Methodist Church Sanctuary Orchestra. and Mrs. Howell and their daughter, Jennifer, perform professionally as the Howell Trio.

Joseph & Joy Howell provide private violin, viola, & cello lessons & stringed instrument repair & restoration. Sales when available.

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We don’t know who wrote this, but it’s so true!! 👍🏻😎❤️

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