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Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Joy Thurmon's piano study began at the age of three with her uncle, James Sherrill. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Degree from David Lipscomb University in 2002, her Master of Music Degree from Florida State University in 2005, and her D.M. in Piano Performance from Florida State University in 2014. Her teachers include Leonard Mastrogiacomo, Jerome Reed, and Johana Harris.

Dr. Thurmon has performed widely as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe. Her awards include Contemporary Chamber Music Award at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Outstanding Performance Award at David Lipscomb University, and Scholarship Award from the Tallahassee Music Teachers Association. As an advocate of contemporary music, she has interviewed and performed the music of numerous living composers including Pulitzer Prize winners Aaron Jay Kernis and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Dr. Thurmon recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee from Tallahassee, Florida where she taught private lessons to pianists of all ages. Many of her students have won awards at Music Teachers' National Association competitions and performed in chamber ensembles in the Tallahassee area. Most recently, she was a guest professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.