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Before walking into our studio, Philadelphia Orchestra bassist Joseph Conyers had held a bass guitar once, maybe twice in his entire life. See what happens when he picks one up in this Articulate web exclusive.

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Joseph Conyers
Joseph Conyers

Joseph Conyers is a renowned classical musician who plays double bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is the executive director of Project 440, a nonprofit that seeks to use music as a vehicle for social change.

Conyers was born and raised in Savannah, GA. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2004 and played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Santa Fe Opera before becoming assistant principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010. Conyers has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras across the United States and is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

He cofounded Project 440 in 2007 with members of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Now based in Philadelphia, the organization teaches young people valuable life skills and the importance of service through music.

Conyers is also a competitive natural bodybuilder. He took first prize in the “Male Model” division of the 2012 Mr. And Ms. Natural Philly Competition.