Joel appears on modern and baroque cello and violoncello piccolo as soloist and with ensembles throughout the world. He has been heard as soloist with orchestras including the Austin Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is co-founder and cellist of the New Mexico-based concert series Movable Sol, and its period instrument companion series BWV. Joel is a member of the Columbus ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Fe Symphony. He is the continuo cellist and frequent leader and soloist for the St. John's Bach Project in Albuquerque. He has recorded for the Blue Griffin Records, Revel Records, Marquis Classics, and Parma labels.


Joel is a dedicated teacher and coach. In addition to his private studio and his annual summer studios at various festivals, he has traveled widely as a clinician and presenter of master classes. He has been a guest teacher at the University of Texas, Texas State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Western Ontario, the University of New Mexico, and the Shenandoah Conservatory, among others. Joel's private students have been accepted into many prestigious conservatories and universities, and many have gone on to successful careers as professional cellists. He has also written on pedagogical and luthiery topics for Strings Magazine.


Joel has also pursued his abiding interests in photography, writing, and radio production. He has been on the staffs of radio stations WBFO and WNED in Buffalo, New York, and has been published as a photographer and writer in a variety of publications, including Strings and Strad magazines. He has worked in the musical instrument business for many years, drawing on his luthiery training with former cello teacher and renowned instrument maker Anne Cole. He was co-founder of Becktell-Blackerby Fine Stringed Instruments in Austin, Texas, Vice President of Eastman Strings, the world's largest maker and distributor of stringed instruments and bows, and was also co-founder of Terra Nova Violins in San Antonio, Texas. He has been a consultant for a diverse array of music businesses, including string makers, manufacturers of violin bridges, and a company attempting to find a synthetic substitute for horsehair.