A Note from our Director
~ Celebrating our 30th Anniversary ~
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 30 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 celebrate our 30th Anniversary year with tremendous gratitude 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 how strongly music is valued in our community and makes it possible for us to maintain a strong commitment to accessibility through our extensive Financial Aid Program. Our beautiful new Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Concert Hall is not only a gift to our students and faculty, it is a gift to the whole community. We are delighted that the Hall will be the venue for one of Music Worcester’s chamber music concerts in April.
From our Dedication Concert for the new hall: “... We are honored to have your presence tonight as we dedicate the beautiful new Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Concert Hall with music by JOMP students, faculty and alumni. We hope each of you feels pride in what you have helped us accomplish. Without you - your inspiration, your generosity, your dedication and your belief in the intrinsic need for music in our lives - the goal of creating this Hall could not have been realized. You have given the school an amazing gift that will greatly enhance the experience of every JOMP student and faculty member for many years to come...”
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.
Wendy Webster Ardizzone, Director