ABOUT JOY KATZEN-GUTHRIE


Heritage Tour Creator and
Artist/Scholar-in-Residence

Since 2000, in arrangement with Regent China Tours, Joy has created and served as scholar-in-residence for six Jewish heritage tours throughout China. Additionally, Joy has created Jewish heritage tours to Alaska, Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Turkey, and Cuba. She lectures frequently on the subject of the Jews of China and Asia and Remote Jews of the Diaspora and teaches courses for the University of South Florida (Tampa) Osher Institute, Eckerd College Osher Institute (St. Petersburg), Eckerd College Road Scholar Programs, LearnInn of Baltimore, GrandEdventures, Congregation Kol Ami (Tampa) Torah University, and various Unity Learning Series. Courses have included A History of the American Musical Theatre; Of Sound Mind and Body: Healing Through Music; America's Historical Musical Legacy; Asia's Ancient Faiths; Philosophies and Religions of China; Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Presence on China's Silk Road; The Woman in Chinese Tradition; The Heart and History of Jewish Music; Women in Song … and many others (View a larger listing of Joy's programs).

Joy is also a contributing writer to the 2007 edition of the Encylopedia Judaica. Her photographs of China have appread in newspapers, magazines, journals, and internet sites from around the world in connection with articles and writings of the Jewish communities of China, past and present. Her extensive website is her own creation and she loves being in touch with visitors to her site and her lectures, classes, and performances.

A Memphis, Tennessee native, Joy has made her home in the Tampa Bay Area since 1981 with a versatile career as broadcast producer and manager, composer/lyricist and recording artist, heritage tour leader, and instructor/lecturer. Following Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with BA and BFA degrees magna cum laude and cum laude in Broadcast Communications and Music, she joined Tampa Bay's WPLP/News-Talk Radio, rising within a year-and-a-half from Traffic Director to Executive Producer to Operations Manager. Appearing simultaneously as an opening and featured performer while maintaining a radio career with stations WUSA-FM, WDAE-AM, and WXCR-FM, she gradually shifted her focus entirely to performance, composition, and recording.

In September 2012, Joy joined Congregation Beth Am of Tampa as Cantorial Leader. She continues to concertize, lecture, and teach in a busy schedule in the Tampa Bay Area and nationally. Joy's music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation. Professional composer/lyricist, pianist, and vocalist for thirty-one years and Cantorial Soloist since 1990, Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. Says Donna Klein, founder of Tampa Bay's Women Musicians Alliance: "Joy is a marvel on the keyboard, making her playing seem effortless. Her compositions, as well as her adaptations of others' songs, reflect the summation that it is her life. When she sits down at the keyboard, starts playing, smiles that warm smile of hers and sings to your heart, well it's just inspirational!” From The Tampa Tribune: "The music here is full of personal revelation and celebratory wonder, but it is refreshingly happy in its absolutes. And groovy, too. Hold it, a happy album? When was the last time you heard one of those? Free of angst, minus preachy platitudes, Katzen-Guthrie manages what so few singers do ~ to make you feel hopeful without being weighed down by sickly sentiment. She sings her anthems softly, mixed in with groovy guitars, cool cellos and all sorts of other instruments, showcasing a voice that has rare sing-along quality."

Concerts and recordings combine skills as soloist and band leader, guest lecturer and teacher, Cantorial Soloist, Unity Music Director, and contemporary new age, folk, stage, pop, and spiritual composer/lyricist. In congregation, concert hall, classroom, and in ten published recordings, Joy melds a repertoire of more than 4,000 songs with musical history, uplifting stories, insightful memories and sing-along ... touching the mind and heart and truly bringing joy. In the words of Tarpon Springs Montessori Academy Director Gail Gilmore, her programs are an "opportunity to explore culture beyond the limit of four walls." As composer/lyricist as well as in collaboration, she has produced numerous songs and works for stage. Recordings include her repertoire of original songs, original music for meditation, traditional and contemporary Jewish music, and selections from the popular American Song Book.

With her husband Mark, she operates Tune-of-the-Century Music® and Katzen and Guthrie Associates, Inc., offering Broadcast and Studio Design and Integration and Remote and Studio Concert Recording Services for a roster of musicians and organizations of all genres. In 1996, Joy created Of Musical Note, a continuing program for students that features professional musicians who explain their instruments and craft and involve children in music. In August 1996 and again in August 1999, she received appointments to the Florida Artist Residency Directory, funded by the State Division of Cultural Affairs. [Artist Residencies place practicing, professional artists in Florida Schools and Community Colleges to teach all aspects of their art form]. In both 1997 and 2003, Joy was awarded  Arts Resource Fund Performance Arts Grants from the Pinellas County Arts Council for the creation of new recordings of original music.

For two decades, positions have included Music Director at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Music Director for Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater; Cantorial Soloist for the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation of Tampa (conservative), Temple Shir Shalom in Gainesville (reform), Congregation B'nai Emunah in Tarpon Springs (reform), Congregation Aliyah in Clearwater (conservative), Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater (reform), Temple Beth El in Bradenton (reform), Congregation Shir Shalom in Sarasota (reform), and guest cantorial soloist for numerous congregations. She served as Music Director for Unity Center For Today in North Tampa from 1998 - 2007 and as a member of Unity of Palm Harbor music programs from 2007 to present, featuring original music and spiritual music representative of all faiths and continues to perform nationally for New Thought and Jewish Renewal congregations.

In addition to her concert, teaching, and public speaking schedule, she is an active studio vocalist and musician. Recordings include Seasons of Joy (1989, Judaic holiday music and narration), Making a Joyful Noise and New State of Mind, (1989, 1991, compilations of original music), The Heart of Ancient Promise (1991, Yiddish and Hebrew original, folk, and stage songs), Soul Stream (1993, original music for meditation), How Good and How Pleasant (1996, Sabbath prayers, hymns, and sacred songs), Passages (1999, original songs celebrating life journeys), Favorite Melody, Vols. I and 2 (2004, 2007, selections from the popular American Song Book), A Steadfast Bridge Commemorative CD (2005, 12 original songs in production for a new double-CD of original material), Holiday Circle of Love (2006, original holiday/seasonal songs), New Song to God (2010, Limited Edition CD of new original songs), I Bless My Body (2010, Healing Card/CD with reading, music, guided meditation), Profound Blessings and Gratitude (2011, Gratitude/Thanks Giving Card/CD with traditional and original music and guided affirmation/meditation/prayer). Her music has been included in a 2006 Unity compilation entitled New Thought Holiday Music and she is on the roster of emPowerArts writer/recording artists. (View and hear excerpts from these recordings)


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