Josephine (“Josey”) Mintel, Musician and Archivist
Josey Mintel assisted in recording several of the concerts contained in The Mintel Archive. She was also instrumental in contributing to the archiving effort and this website presentation including the music samples.
As a violinist, Josey has been welcomed by Northwestern Medical Orchestra, Johns Hopkins University Chamber Orchestra, Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Symphony Orchestra, Akademische Orchestervereinigung Göttingen, and I’Solisti. She held a leadership position as a member of the MYA Orchestra Governing Committee. Josey has taught students to play the violin at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, Lockerman Bundy Public School in Baltimore Maryland, and Muzička škola “Stevan Mokranjac” Gračanica Municipality in Kosovo; here is a link to the performance featuring Josey and her violin students in recital, December 27, 2019, at Muzička škola . The violin program at Muzička škola was featured on several local TV programs. Link: RTV KIM video.
Josey began going to rehearsals and concerts recorded by her father early in her life in places like Jackson, Wyoming, Chicago, Illinois, and Mystic, Connecticut. She started playing the violin at age 4. Piano lessons commenced in the 5th grade; later, trumpet and guitar were added. Josey received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 with a minor in music from The Peabody Institute. Her semester abroad was spent in Austria studying music and violin performance at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. She also played with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in a side-by-side performance at Chicago’s Symphony Hall. After obtaining her master’s degree in science from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Josey joined the Peace Corps and served in Kosovo where she further developed her talents in music education, language arts, and diplomacy.
Josey is now a graduate of the University of Chicago obtaining a master’s degree from the Committee on International Relations. She was awarded a 2021-2022 Boren Fellowship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program to travel to Bosnia to improve her Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian language skills and continue her academic research related to the Western Balkans, particularly the divided education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Josey is now a resident of Sarajevo where she is working with the Post-Conflict Research Center.