~ A Note from our Executive Director ~
Wendy Webster Ardizzone
Joy of Music’s original purpose of giving children a joyful and solid foundation for life-long musical growth is still at the heart of the vital and thriving non-profit community music school that now serves people of all ages. The nurturing environment and spirit of camaraderie at JOMP draws families, faculty, volunteers and donors from the city of Worcester and over 50 surrounding cities and towns, creating a musical community that reflects the rich diversity of the greater Worcester area.
A testament to the outstanding work of our faculty over the past 31 years is the large number of students who start at JOMP as young children and continue to study here through high school. Adults also find that the school is an ideal place to study, whether they are learning to play an instrument for the first time or are already accomplished musicians who have the desire to keep music as a balancing force in their lives.
We are tremendously grateful to the foundations, corporations and hundreds of individuals who have embraced the school for so many years. The outpouring of support we receive each year affirms that music is highly valued by the community and makes it possible for us to maintain our strong commitment to accessibility through our extensive Financial Aid Program. Joy of Music’s donors also helped bring the longtime vision of building a concert hall for the school to fruition. The beautiful Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Concert Hall was not only a gift to our students and faculty, it was a gift to the whole community. We are delighted that Shapiro Hall will be the venue for two of the Worcester Chamber Music Society’s concerts this season.
We hope you and your family will join us at this very exciting time in our history. You will experience a musical kinship among our teachers and our students, who are studying music for the love of it and for the joy it brings to their lives.