Joe Kearney has taught at College of the Canyons since the beginning of 2002. He is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies, with a major in composition, from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Joe holds an M.M. (summa cum laude) from U.S.C., where he received the departmental award for studio/jazz guitar and was nominated for membership in both Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. At the Berklee College, he received a B.M. in Applied Music, graduating with honors. He has studied jazz ear training with Dr. Thom Mason; studio/jazz guitar with Barry Galbraith, Pat Metheny, and Joe Diorio; and composition with Grammy Award winning composer Vince Mendoza.
A versatile musician, Joe has performed or toured with numerous Broadway Musical Productions, including those under the direction of Bob Fossie, Michael Bennet, and Mitch Lee, and for a variety of solo artists such as Anne Margaret, Jane Oliver, Jack Jones, Lorna Luft, Jerry Lewis, Carol Channing, Billy Eckstein.
In the field of jazz, Joe has performed with artists on both coasts, including Jimmy Giuffre, Karl Berger, The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Lanny Morgan, Buddy Collette, Tony Rizzi’s Wire Choir, Jimmy Cleveland, Lou Levy, Bill Mays, and many others.
Recently, he was a featured soloist on a CD released from the Southern California Jazz Company on Sea Breeze Records. His community college students have been accepted in music programs at U.S.C., U.C.L.A., Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, and the Berklee College of Music.