Retirement of Music Director Joel Lish

This year marks the retirement of our beloved Music Director, Joel B. Lish, who led the orchestra for over fifty years after founding it in 1966. His work touched the lives of all the current PSO players, and probably thousands more, in his capacity as a music teacher in the Los Angeles school district. We hear from PSO listeners who are now middle-aged or elderly, telling us how their lives were changed by their early musical experience with Joel.

Joel received his Master's degree from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, where he studied viola performance and conducting. His career in teaching and conducting led him to work with the performing organizations of all age groups, and he established numerous programs for both students and adults. For many years he was the Chair of the Music Department at Pacific Palisades High School.

A professional violist, Joel Lish also performs casual, chamber, and orchestral music with a number of ensembles throughout the Los Angeles area, teaches in his studio, and participates in film studio recordings.