Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and the University of Texas, Austin. He taught in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas for five years. He has performed solo piano and been the featured artist with symphony orchestras and recitals in the United States and Mexico.
Joseph is Director of Sacred Publications at Shawnee Press, overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company. Though he continues to perform in concert, he now devotes his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians. He has recorded for Yamaha's Disklavier series and has composed hundreds of commissioned works.
Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular, Joseph's music is published by numerous publishing houses. Over a thousand compositions are currently in print, and the list continues to grow. Along with Mark Hayes and David Angerman, Joseph coauthored a fully graded progressive piano method for the Christian student called Keys for the Kingdom. His major works include 32 choral cantatas and Song of Wisdom, a choral tone poem based on the best-selling children's book Old Turtle.
As winner of the Nena Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-Convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout Mexico. His first solo piano recording, American Tapestry, was nominated for a Dove Award. This album, along with his other recordings (Songs of the Journey, Celtic Tapestry and A Christmas Tapestry) has been enormously popular in the sacred and secular markets. His composition Pieta was honored with an award from the John Ness Beck Foundation.
In 2008 he was inducted as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. His music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. He continues to surprise audiences with the variety and scope of his compositions and arrangements.
A fine pianist and one of the most prolific choral composer/arrangers today, Joseph Martin is Director of Sacred Publications at Shawnee Press. He performs in concert and for church music conferences and is a sought-after choral clinician. He has published over 1,000 sacred and secular choral works, including 32 cantatas, and has won many awards.