Joyce Garrett has enjoyed a long, honored career as a music educator and choral director. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, she was educated at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, and later earned the Master of Music degree from The Catholic University in Washington, DC. She served as choral master for two annual television specials: Christmas in Washington (NBC and TNT) and The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) for twenty-five years. Her Eastern High School Choir won international acclaim and was the choir of choice for many top artists including Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and many others. She founded the Excellence Without Excuses after-school intervention and scholarship program which led her students to nearly 100 percent college attendance.