He has also given master-classes and workshops in the National Conservatory of Bolivia, Middle Tennessee State University, University of California Santa Cruz, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, UNADECA, Universidade Federal de Goiás and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music among others.
As an orchestral musician, Joel has performed in the violin and viola sections of the Puerto Rico Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Pagán has also appeared in the Youth Symphony of the Americas, Midland Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, and Valley Symphony as principal violist.
Having studied with Robert Dan, I Fu Wang, Alan Bodman, José Figueroa, Ann Setzer, and Sally Thomas, Pagán holds degrees from Michigan State University, University of Akron,
and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.
Currently, Pagán is an Associate Professor of Viola/Violin and Vice Provost Fellow for Graduate Studies at the University of Texas-Pan American and principal viola of the Laredo Philharmonic and Valley Symphony.