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Joy-Leilani Garbutt is the Minister of Music at Christ Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. and the organist for the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Joy-Leilani is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and has recently returned from France where she pursued research on early 20th-century French organ music by female composers, particularly Joséphine Boulay, Mel Bonis, Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger, and Jeanne Demessieux. She is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology, and an organ student of Dr. Jeremy Filsell. In the spring of 2018 Joy-Leilani co-founded the Boulanger Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting music composed by women through performance, education, and commissions.
She holds a Master of Education degree from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master of Music in organ performance from Northwestern University, where she served as Organ Scholar for the Alice Millar Chapel Choir. In addition to solo recitals in the U.S. and France, Joy-Leilani has performed with the New England Youth Ensemble in England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico.