Joy Bechtler, Soprano
By the time Joy Bechtler was a teenager, she had already experienced more of the world than most people see in a lifetime. The daughter of a surgeon who directed international projects, the family moved to Africa, then Europe, and finally the US. Ms. Bechtler's mother was a trained singer who nurtured her daughter's musical gift by insisting that a piano accompany every family move. Each new culture imbued Joy with its unique rhythm of both music and language. There were the distinctive beat...