Joel Bard, Oboe

Joel Bard received his Bachelor of Music in oboe at the Cleveland Institute where he was a student of John Mack. He went on to get his Master of Music degree, studying oboe and orchestral conducting at The Julliard School.

Joel is the principal oboist and artistic advisor of the Kendall Square Orchestra. He has worked as a freelance oboist and conductor in the Philadelphia and Boston areas and served on the faculty of the Longy School of Music. He was director of the Repertory Orchestra at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras from 1989 until 2011. Joel currently performs with a variety of chamber orchestras in the Boston area and, together with his wife, pianist Sayuri Miyamoto, puts on an annual chamber music concert to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Center through the Pan Mass Challenge.

In 1989 he also began to pursue his interest in science more seriously, first at UMass Boston and then as a graduate student at Harvard. After receiving his Ph.D in biochemistry working on muscarinic signaling in the lab of Ernie Peralta, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in x-ray crystallography working with Andrew Bohm at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute where he solved the structure of yeast poly-A polymerase which was published in Science.  He is currently an Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer where he leads a bioinformatics team supporting biotherapeutic drug discovery.

In his free time, Joel is an avid cyclist, speed skater, and back country skier.