Joyce Barthelson, (1900-1986) was an American composer, pianist, conductor, and educator from Washington, DC. Barthelson graduated from the University of California Berkeley, and studied piano with Elizabeth Quaile, Helene Barere, and Harold Bauer, composition with Julius Gold, Otto Cesana, and Roy Harris, orchestration with Nicolas Flagello, and conducting with Antonia Brico. She then became a member of the Arion Trio, and was a staff pianist at NBC radio in San Francisco and KGO Oakland. Barthelson then became the conductor of the Women’s Symphony Orchestra in New York, and co-founded the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY. She remained the principal of the High School of Music and Art in New York, and wrote academically about Wagner and his work.