Joseph McNamara is a native of St.Petersburg, Florida, where he studied piano under Jacques Linder and performed at many performance venues in the Tampa Bay area. At 14 Joseph left Florida to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, where he studied with Thomas Lymenstull. His other teachers include Laura Melton and Derison Duarte. Currently, Joseph is a Presidential Scholar of the Arts recipient at the Ball State University School of Music where he studies with Robert Palmer.
In 2013 Joseph took 2nd prize in the Indian Music Teachers Association State Piano competition. Joseph has attended many summer music festivals including Montecito Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Festival. At Montecito Joseph won an audition to play in a master class for John Perry. Joseph has also performed in master classes for Barry Snyder, Daniel Shapiro, Craig Nies, and William Nyaho.
Joseph is a very active chamber musician with coaching under Anna Vayman, Emma Tahmizian, Yuri Namkumg, Dr. Donald McKinney, and Octavio Mas-Arocas.