Significant teachers and mentors:
Throughout his involvement with music, Mr. Spears had the opportunity to study with some incredible artists. Over the years, he studied with Jacob Lindberg, Pat O'Brien, Ronn McFarlane, Paul O'Dette, Toyohiko Satoh, Kevin Mason, Mary Springfels, and Gail Gillispie.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago, and Artistic Director of The Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, Illinois. He is also the first theorbo teacher in the nation at the high school level, teaching at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL.
Interests outside of music:
Drawing and painting, nature, native landscaping, cycling, yoga, movies
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Silvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Hieronymous Kapsberger, Ennemond Gaultier, Charles Mouton, Joanambrosio Dalza, Robert Johnson, John Dowland, and on and on...