First conceived by renowned organist Diane Bish during her music studies in Europe, The Joy of Music realized her longtime vision of presenting the world's great music alongside scenes of the cities and churches where that music originated. Inspired by the Christian faith of the great composers, Miss Bish envisioned a program to share their music and faith with television audiences. With the help of a few volunteers and a small hired crew, she began work, overseeing every aspect of production. The first episode was taped in 1982 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, and the series was first broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network. The Joy of Music is now seen across the U. S. and internationally around the world via satellite and cable networks.
Internationally known guest musicians have appeared on The Joy of Music including Susann McDonald, world-famous harpist, Jerome Hines, Metropolitan opera bass, The Canadian Brass,
Christopher Parkening, acclaimed classical guitarist, Zamfir, renowned pan flutist - as well as international choirs, ensembles and orchestras from around the world. Other guests of interest that have appeared include authors, professors, cadets, local folk musicians, dignitaries, and even a State Governor. Guest performances and interviews add warmth to each program.
Each year, a new series of programs is produced featuring new locations, both internationally and locally. Programs have been taped in countries around the world including Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as many locations in the United States. Special U.S. sites include the U. S. Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, West Point Military Academy. Featured U.S. cities include Fort Lauderdale, FL, Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN, Baton Rouge, LA, Atlanta, GA, and Williamsburg, VA.