A Los Angeles native, Joe Mount started playing French horn in 7th grade, when he joined his junior high school band. He earned a BM in Music Education from Wright State University, an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a MM in Chamber Music from the UNC School of the Arts. His horn teachers include Fredrick Bergstone and Michael Hatfield.
Joe moved to Winston-Salem in 1986 as the Director of Outreach at the UNC School of the Arts, where he developed a variety of statewide and community outreach programs, as well as managing the UNCSA Career Services office. Joe retired from UNCSA in 2015.
An active professional musician, Joe has been a member of the French horn section of the Winston-Salem Symphony since 1986. He also performs with a wide variety of orchestras in the Carolinas, including the Greensboro and Asheville Symphonies. He is a member of the Giannini Brass and a founding member and artistic director of Music Carolina.
When not performing, Joe can be found whitewater kayaking on one of the many rivers in the Southeast.