Joop Boerstoel (1965) was born in Vorden and studied at the College of Music in Enschede (wind band conducting and clarinet) and Maastricht (orchestra conducting). His teachers, among others, were Gert Buitenhuis, Jan van Ossenbruggen and Jan Stulen. He currently conducts three concert bands and from 1989 till 2004 he was a clarinet teacher at the Music School of Zutphen. He is an examiner of for musical exams and a member of the panel of judges of soloist contests. Furthermore, he assists in developing a series of tutorials on wind instruments, to be published by ‘De Haske’. Since 1998 he has been working for the MUI (Music Library and Information Centre) in Arnhem and in that capacity he contributes to Dutch Repertoire Committees.