Joyu Lee, born in Taiwan and raised in New York state, is a founding member of Vida Strings. She received a BM in Cello Performance from the National Taiwan Normal University, and a MM in Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
From 2008 - 2012, Joyu has been a core member of Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Japan. For the 2019-2020 season, she is Assistant Principal Cello with Opera Carolina in Charlotte, NC.
She is a Board-Certified music therapist (MT-BC), and specializes in mental health care. She has been an advanced trainee of Guided Imagery and Music (the Helen Bonny Method-Psychotherapy in music) since May of 2015.
Currently Joyu works at Voices Together as a music therapist. Voices Together offers an effective form of therapeutic support for children, teens, and adults with a range of needs including sensory processing disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental and intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and learning disabilities.
Specialized in creative/expressive arts therapy, music-focused relaxation, anxiety, pain and depression treatment and management, Joyu offers individual and group sessions in Raleigh / Durham, NC.