Joyce Miller and Alex Spainhour - Proprietors
After working in retail music stores in Greenville and Anderson for over 10 years Joyce Miller saw the necessity of having a shop centrally located and easily accessible to string students, teachers and players in Upstate South Carolina.
Joyce's retail experience includes buying and selling string instruments for Bernhardt House of Violins in Greenville, SC, and Draisen Edwards Music Center in Anderson, SC. Experience purchasing from makers and distributors in Germany, Italy, South America, and the United States has given Joyce a broad knowledge of the string instrument market.
After being challenged to expand her expertise at conferences and from peers, Joyce traveled to auctions and shops, and visited makers in the U.S. and Europe to study instruments and build recognition skills.
Joyce is a member of the Appraisers Association of America having passed their Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the Theory and Methodology Certification courses. Joyce is one of the few appraisers in AAA who specialize in string instruments.
Recognized for experience and expertise, Joyce has led seminars on identifying quality instruments to teachers at educators’ conventions in Georgia and South Carolina, and to middle and high school music students.
Joyce has been a teacher, player, strings retailer and service person. She maintained her own studios for a number of years and has started strings and orchestra programs in schools in Florida, and South Carolina. She holds a Masters degree in secondary music from Jacksonville University, and a Masters degree in Viola performance from Bob Jones University. Joyce has been a student of Aaron Krosnick, Robert Billups, Joan Mulfinger, and Jay Pinner. She has played in Terre Haute Symphony and Asheville Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, and Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She currently plays in the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Chamber Orchestra.
Alex Spainhour has been in music retail business for more than 20 years. His extensive musical background is unique among music retailers. Alex began the study of the violin in the fifth grade in the public school orchestra program and studied privately with the late Dr. Robert Snyder. In 1969, Mr. Spainhour received a BA in music from Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College), studying with Thomas and Eleanor Briccetti; in 1972, he received an M.M. in performance from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), again studying with Dr. Robert Snyder.
He moved to Anderson, SC in January, 1970, to teach public school orchestra in Anderson School District Number Five, a post he held until 1984. His orchestras and ensembles performed at numerous educational functions in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and even Western Europe. Many of his students have pursued studies in music and music education. He has conducted All-State and Honor Orchestras in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, and has been called on to adjudicate orchestral festivals throughout the Southeast.
Alex has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, and Hendersonville Symphony, which he conducted in June, 1992. He was co-conductor and co-founder of the Anderson Symphony, and co-founder and violinist with the Anderson String Quartet beginning in 1972, with whom he still performs. He is currently a member of the Greenville Symphony and performs as a free-lance violinist and soloist throughout much of the Southeast.
Alex serves as Artistic Director and Orchestra Director of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC). He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Anderson. In 1998, Mr. Spainhour was listed in the Who’s Who of Business and Arts. In 2005, he was honored as the Non-Profit Executive Director of the Year by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by his fellow Rotarians.