Dr Joe McKee OBE is a well-known musician, broadcaster, adjudicator and arts critic.
He was appointed Head of Music Service of the Belfast Education and Library Board in September 2002 after 11 years as Director of Music at Methodist College. His first teaching appointment was as Head of Music at The Royal School, Armagh. A graduate of both Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, his academic interests include Church Music and the field of Reconciliation Studies. A former Music Producer for BBC Northern Ireland, he is well known as a broadcaster, critic and writer. Dr McKee has been President of the Ulster Society of Organists & Choirmasters, was Chair of Music Theatre for Youth and a former board member of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Anaghmakerrig in County Monaghan. He served on the Central Advisory Panel of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for many years and was a Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Grand Opera House in Belfast. Joe McKee was awarded the OBE for Services to Music in the New Year’s Honours List in December 2006. He has been married to Yvonne for 40 years and they have two daughters, Clare and Christine. Joe McKee recently retired as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.