Joel Gelpe

Joel Gelpe

IC Affiliate

Phone:(607) 274-3588
Office:023 Dillingham Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Joel Gelpe is a conductor, pianist, vocal coach and composer/lyricist. As conductor/music director he has led over one hundred shows, including the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Evita directed by Broadway legend Harold Prince, and a National Tour of 42nd Street. New York area credits include the music direction for Theatre TenTen’s The Singapore Mikado, Music-Theatre Group’s The Odyssey at the 92nd Street Y (starring Mary Beth Hurt and Kate Burton), and productions of Swing, Cabaret, Chicago, Hot Mikado and Footloose at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Joel was also rehearsal pianist for both the Broadway company and First National Tour of Little Shop of Horrors.

In the symphonic world Joel served, for seven years, as Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom he conducted dozens of concerts, including the world premiere of The Skümbaag Show (featuring the alternative rock band Skümbaag).

As a composer/lyricist, Joel’s long association with the New York City-based company TADA! has yielded seven New York productions of his family shows The Little Moon Theater and The Little House of Cookies. Other family musicals include Revenge of the Garbage Monsters and The Canterville Ghost. Joel's children’s songs have also been performed at The White House. In the political/satirical realm, he has contributed songs to numerous topical revues by The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. In 2004 he released his first CD of original satirical songs entitled “Civility in America.”

Joel's film credits include music director and saloon pianist for the HMS Pinafore sequence in Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp  and the on-camera rehearsal pianist for the Disney film Off Beat with Judge Reinhold and Meg Tilly.

Currently Joel is Coach/Accompanist and Music Director for the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Ithaca College, where he also teaches classes in Musical Theatre Repertoire and History of American Musical Theatre.


For complete listing of credits, see Curriculum Vitae.

Education: MM Arizona State University, BME Hartt School of Music