During her early years in the United States, she won a piano concerto competition and numerous scholarships both at Roosevelt and Northwestern. She has been on the faculty of Roosevelt University and Trinity International University. She is a harpist in a number of orchestras in the Chicago metropolitan area: the Lyric Opera, the Illinois Chamber, Harper College, the Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Wind Symphony of Illinois State University. She has performed in live radio broadcasts and has made recordings in the Chicago area. Ms. Hoffman is teaching many harp and piano students.
Joy is a specialist in performing on the Kong Hou Chinese harp, an ancient Chinese musical instrument which adapts the modern technology of the pedal harp. She has contributed original research on the historical and cultural influences of the Kong Hou in Asian music, its development from ancient through modern times. She has composed music through ancient, folk, and modern themes for solo and ensemble combinations on the Kong Hou. She has performed and given workshops on this instrument at the 1996 World Folk Harp Conference in Olympia, Washington, the 1999 Historical Harp Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, the 2000 World Folk Harp Conference in Monterey Bay, California, the 2000 American Harp Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, the 2002 Christian Harpist Retreat in Captiva Island, Florida, and Harp Con 2003 in Bloomington, Indiana, the HarpCon 2005 in Bozeman, Montana, the 9th World Harp Congress in Dublin Ireland, conferences with the Great Lakes Harpers, and many local festivals.
She has released two CDâ€™s, Ballad in 1999, and Blessing in 2003, both with her own compositions and arrangements played on harp and kong hou.
As a classical and folk harpist, Joy Yu toured many states: Hawaii, Washington, Montana, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, and Florida. As a Christian music missionary, She has toured China, Hong Kong, Korea, Kenya, and the Republic of South Africa.
Joy has a web site: www.joyuharp.com.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Butterfly Dance
2. Ballad of Liang Zhu
3. Lady Mong Jiang
4. Lan Hua Hua
5. Mountain Song
6. Spring Flowers by the River in the Moonlight
7. Cradle Song