Joe Richards, Flint Youth Philharmonia Conductor. Joe Richards is a graduate of Adrian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a JQ certification. Currently he is the 5th grade orchestra teacher in Troy Public Schools. In his free time, he enjoys playing his violin, fishing, golfing, composing, exercising, and cooking. Professionally, he has played in master classes with Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein, and also is a substitute for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.