Joy Lapps is a musician, composer and arts educator. Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. She performed at various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Muhtadi’s International Drumming Festival, Toronto's TD Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival.
Joy performs primarily with her quartet and often expands this formation to an even larger musical project. She is also a member and supporter of the Toronto-based steelband, Pan Fantasy.
As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences. Joy has released four recordings including "Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art" (2004), “Make a Joyful Noise” (2006) and “It’s Christmas Time” (2007). She most recently released an EP of original compositions entitled "Morning Sunrise" (2014) and is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her ensembles. She also recently completed a Masters in Music Composition at York University and looks forward to a new chapter of creation, collaboration and performance.
She recently spent three months at Downsview Public Library serving as the branch’s Toronto Arts Council Artist in Residence, providing free lessons, workshops and special performances for the community. During the academic year, Joy visits various schools as an Ontario Arts Council Artist in Residence.
Reflecting on her blessings, Joy offers a four-fold explanation for her progress, noting first and foremost, “God’s gift of music, dedicated teachers, extremely nurturing parents, and a supportive family and community”.