String Specialist, Appraisers of America, Violin Society of America Board
After working in retail music stores in Greenville and Anderson for over 10 years Joyce Miller saw the need 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, China, 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 (AAA), 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, Asheville Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Chamber Orchestra.
Research in string instrument appraising and identification evolved into a Masters’ thesis entitled A GUIDE TO STRING INSTRUMENT IDENTIFICATION AND APPRAISING. This thesis was submitted by Joyce to The Faculty of Bob Jones University in candidacy for the degree of Master of Music in 2009.
Joyce also contributed to an edited volume for the Appraisers Association of America: Miller, Joyce 2013. String Instruments. In W. Garrett, H. Fendelman, D. Gallager, J. Jacob, and L. Bench (eds). Appraising Art: The Definitive guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts.Appraisers Association of America: 414-17
Most recently Joyce has served on the board of The Violin Society of America (VSA). Her four year term will end this November 2018 at the 46th Annual Convention & 23rd International Competition held in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the founders of The VSA’s Women in Business Luncheon, Joyce has engaged speakers Marilyn Wallin, award winning violin maker, and Annie Fullard and Mari Sato of the Cavani String Quartet.