Brass & Woodwinds Faculty

 Nancy Ackerman: Clarinet; Wind Ensemble - Nancy Ackerman holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester (NY).  During her Junior year, she studied in France at the University of Rennes.  Her clarinet teachers were Stanley Gaulke and Charles Rouault.  She went on to receive her Masters of Music in Woodwind Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she was a clarinet student of Michael Webster.  As a graduate assistant at BU, she taught clarinet to undergraduate music education majors and managed all aspects of the Chamber Music program.   

Before moving to the Worcester area in 2006, Nancy lived in Concord MA, where she founded the Concord Clarinet Choir and created the Music for Our Whole Lives (Music-OWL) program for woodwind students of all ages and levels. She also was Woodwind Instructor at the Chopin Society School of Music in Lynn and at North Shore Community College.  In addition to performing as a soloist and chamber musician, Nancy currently teaches in the music departments of Holy Name Junior and Senior High School and the Bancroft School in Worcester.  She became a member of the Joy of Music faculty in 2008.

 Jim Allard: Saxophone, Flute - Berklee College of Music.  As a free-lance musician, Jim Allard is well-known for his versatility, performing all styles of music from folk and rock to jazz and classical.  While a student at Berklee, he studied saxophone with Joe Viola and flute with Matt Marzuglio, as well as arranging and composition.   At New England Conservatory, Jim studied sax with Joe Allard and flute with Alan Weiss. To enhance his musicality he studied jazz piano with Fred Holovnia and Joe Holovnia, and is currently studying with Dick Odgren.

Jim has performed with many ensembles in the New England area, including Idyll Curiosity, Bop and Pop, Percussion Discussion, the Jay Tyer Group, Hey Rim Jeon and Friends and the Worcester Jazz Orchestra.  On his recently released CD, Jim is joined in playing his own compositions by renowned Latin percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his group, as well as pianist Hey Rim Jeon and drummer J. Curtis Warner.  Jim can also be heard on the CD “Hey Rim Jeon and Friends.”  A member of the Joy of Music faculty since 1997, Jim is also on the faculty at Worcester Academy, Clark University and WPI.

 Marcia Anderson: Recorder - PhD, MA (English & American Literature) Brandeis University; BA University of Rochester.  Marcia Anderson has studied recorder with Dan Stillman and John Tyson.  She has attended many workshops in early music, and is an avid participant in the annual Amherst Early Music Festival.  As a member of the Capriol Consort, Amici Musicae, Ars et Amici, Joyful Noyse, and the Steve Tapper/Marcia Anderson Duo, Marcia has performed at many venues including Plimoth Plantation, Hammond Castle, King Richard’s Faire, the North Easton Arts Fair, and Twelfth Night celebrations.  The Tapper/Anderson Duo performs annually at the Orff-Schulwerk Workshop at Bridgewater State College.  In addition to playing in many community settings here in New England, she has toured Italy, performing in Rome, Florence, Padua, Bolzano, and Venice.

Marcia has been on the faculty of the Joy of Music Program since 2003, has also taught at New England Conservatory’s Project Step and Worcester Hills Recorder Society, and is coach of the Bridgewater Recorder Ensemble and the Bayview Recorder Consort.  She also enjoys teaching English Country Dancing and Renaissance Court Dance.  As a poet, she wrote the lyrics for Will Ayton’s Cantata, “Mary Danced,” published in 2001.  Marcia is a retired Professor of English at Bridgewater State College.

 Richard Ardizzone: Trombone; Jazz Ensembles; Brass Choir; World Drumming - Richard Ardizzone graduated from Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Trombone Performance.  He holds a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from Tufts University.  Before transferring to BU, Rich attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a Music Education major and George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville as a Special Education major.  Rich and his family moved to Worcester in 1977, when he became Executive Director of Rainbow Child Development Center, a position he held for 16½ years.  Prior to moving to Worcester, Rich was a day care teacher and later the Preschool Co-ordinator for Cambridge/ Somerville Catholic Charities Day Care Program.  Ever an advocate for children, Rich served for many years as an active member of the Massachusetts Associated Day Care Administrators and the Worcester Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force. He has also served on the boards of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Grants Advisory Committee to the Worcester Arts Council.

While attending BU and Tufts, Rich worked nights and weekends in Boston, playing with a variety of jazz, Salsa and Latin bands, including the Paul Fontaine/Jimmy Mosher Big Band and the Brass Menagerie. He was also a member of Conjunto Azul, a Latin Jazz group that played as the house band at the legendary Paul’s Mall.  After moving to Worcester he became a member of the Rich Falco Quartet and the Sonic Explorers.  Rich left his position at Rainbow in 1994 to become Associate Director of the Joy of Music Program, where he was already volunteering and teaching trombone.

Kathleen Berger: Flute - Kathleen Berger received her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and Music Education from Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she was a student of Marya Martin and Marianne Gedigian.  She earned her Master of Education degree in Creative Arts Education from Fitchburg State College.  Before entering BU, Kathleen spent two summers studying with Doriot Anthony Dwyer at the Tanglewood Institute Flute Seminar.  She also participated in two Julius Baker Masterclasses.  In addition to teaching general music, chorus, jazz bands, concert bands and orchestras in the Shrewsbury and Sudbury Public Schools, Kathleen developed new courses and performance opportunities for students.  She has also served as Director of the Flute Choir and Orchestra at Colleges of the Fenway and Customer Service Representative for Brannen Brothers Flutemakers.

Kathleen is currently a Private Flute Instructor for the Wellesley Public Schools and at Assumption College, where she is also Director of the Flute Choir.  She joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2009.

Madeline Browning: Recorder - Madeline Browning received a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Therapy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton CA.  She earned her teacher certification in Elementary Education (K-8) and Music Education (K-12) from St. Mary’s College in Moraga CA.  Madeline further developed her teaching skills at UMass Lowell, where she received Orff Shulwerk Certification for Levels I, II, and III.  From 1979-1986 she taught at the Community Music Center of Boston, in the Shrewsbury and Harvard Public Schools and played flute and piccolo in the Central Mass Symphony Orcestra.  Madeline was Director of the First Unitarian Church (Worcester) Children’s Choir from 1995 to 2001 and is currently flute accompanist for the church’s Senior Choir.  She has been teacher and board member of the Worcester Hills Recorder Society since 1989 and is a founding member of FloraMusica, a recorder ensemble that performs in the Worcester area.

In the fall of 1988, Wendy Ardizzone hired Madeline to teach recorder at the Joy of Music Program, then a fledgling two-year-old program of Music & Movement classes for young children taught by Wendy.

 James Mercier: Clarinet, Saxophone - James Mercier is a Bachelor of Music candidate at Clark University, where he transferred from the Longy School of Music. At Longy, he was a Saxophone Performance major studying with Kenneth Radnofsky and a member of the Longy Saxophone Quartet.  Prior to moving to Massachusetts, James was an active performer and teacher in Vermont, New Hampshire and Canada.  He was a member of the International Wind Orchestra and Precisely Vague in Newport VT, and Principal Clarinetist for the Vermont Theatre Company in Burlington and Harmonie de Coaticook in Quebec.   In addition to teaching privately from his home in New Hampshire, he was an assistant music teacher at Colebrook Elementary and Junior High Schools.  James has been Music Advisor for Becker College since 2010 and has been on the Joy of Music faculty since 2009.  

Jerry Sabatini: Trumpet; Jazz Theory, Jazz Ensembles - Jerry Sabatini received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978, where he studied music and performed in small and large jazz ensembles while majoring in electrical engineering.  After moving to Massachusetts, he began studying jazz improvisation and composition with tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and jazz theory and history with tenor saxophonist Sam Falzone (Don Ellis Orchestra) and drummer Louie Marino (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell).  In May 2009 Jerry received a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music.  His teachers at NEC included Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, Frank Carlberg and Charles Schlueter.

In 1995, Jerry founded The Sonic Explorers, a jazz ensemble which features his compositions, arrangements and trumpet work.  The group has recorded four CDs to date.  Among the many other bands and individuals Jerry has performed with throughout New England are Elliot Sharpe, Fred Frith, Anthony Coleman, Oliver Lake, the Makanda Project, Roving Soul and the Mark Marquis Group.  He has recorded with many musicians in a wide variety of musical styles.  Jerry joined the Joy of Music faculty in 1993 and also teaches at his home studio in Leominster.

 Nancy Shapiro: Oboe - Nancy Shapiro received a Bachelor of Arts from Simon’s Rock of Bard College as an Oboe Performance and Composition major, and a Master of Arts from Leslie University, where she majored in Expressive Therapies with a concentration in Music Therapy.  She went on to earn a Doctorate in Pyschology (clinical) from Antioch’s New England Graduate School.   Nancy’s oboe teachers have included John Ferrillo, Peggy Pearson and Judith Dansker, and she has participated in workshops and master classes with John de Lancie, Bert Lucarelli, Wayne Rapier and Robert Sheena.

In addition to freelancing in the Boston area, Nancy has performed with the Concord, New England Philharmonic and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestras and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.  She is currently a member of the Newton and Thayer Symphony Orchestras and the Trade Winds Quintet.  Nancy has been on the faculty at Joy of Music since 2007.

Barbara Shepherd: French horn; Brass Ensemble - Barbara Shepherd received  her Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts and earned her Master of Music in Horn Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.  Her teachers include James Sommerville, Principal Horn, BSO; Richard Menaul, Principal Horn, Boston Ballet Orchestra and Seth Orgel, Atlantic Brass Quintet. 

In addition to extensive freelancing in the Boston and Chicago areas, Barbara has performed with the Zephyr Woodwind Quintet and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. She was a founding member of the NEC Outreach Program and Middle School horn sectional coach at NEC Preparatory Division.  She can be heard on the Albany Records CD What a Piece of Work is Man: the Shakespeare Concerts with Soprano, Maria Ferrante.  Barbara moved to Worcester this fall from Chicago where she was a faculty member and administrative team member at the Merit School of Music.  We are delighted to welcome Barbara to the JOMP faculty.

Kathy Garner Simpson; flute - Kathy Garner Simpson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and earned her Master of Music, also in Flute performance, from Boston University College of Fine Arts.  She has studied flute with James Pappoutsakis, William Grass, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Lois Schaeffer, Thomas Nyfenger, Robert Willoughby and Julius Baker.  In addition to solo and chamber music performances, Kathy has played with the New Hampshire Philharmonic, Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra, Nashua Symphony, Attleboro Symphony and the Maine State Music Theatre. 

In addition to being a member of the Joy of Music faculty since 2007, Kathy teaches in the Shrewsbury Public Schools’ after-school private lesson program and has a private studio.  She has previously taught at the Thayer Conservatory at Atlantic Union College, Bowdoin College, Manchester Music School (NH), St. Paul’s School in Concord NH, as well as the Vienna Christian School and the Anerican International School in Vienna, Austria.  Kathy has also served as woodwind coach for the New Hampshire Youth Symphony.

Tim Terranella: Cello, Flute; Chamber Music, Conductor ~ JOMP Youth Orchestra - Timothy Terranella is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, holds a Masters of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Boston Conservatory, and did additional graduate studies at the New England Conservatory.   His teachers have included: Leonard Rose, Orlando Cole, Mischa Nieland and Ronald Thomas (cello) as well as Bernard Goldberg, Randolph Bowman and Jeanne Baxtresser (flute).  Tim has performed as cellist and flutist with many of the area’s most prestigious musical organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra (sub), the Boston Ballet, Boston Esplanade Pops, New Hampshire Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Boston Bel Canto Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and in New York City as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Tim is a founding member of the Bostonian Chamber Players and often plays with the Guilded Harps of Boston.

Having previously taught at Boston University and the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Tim has served on Joy of Music’s faculty since 1990.  He also currently teaches at the Groton School in Groton and Indian Hill Music School in Littleton. 

Vladimir Vaskevich: Clarinet, Saxophone - Vladimir Vaskevich received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Stolyarsky School of Music and his Master of Music degree from Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine).  He was a member of the Odessa Opera Orchestra and the Odessa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (clarinet and saxophone) as well as leader and arranger of ensembles for the Odessa City Music Entertainment Company.  In addition to his classical performing, he participated in Jazz Festivals through Russia and the Ukraine, including performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Vladimir also served on the faculty at the Odessa State Musical College for sixteen years before emigrating to the United States.  

Vladimir and his wife, violinist Svitlana Kovalenko, have been performing together for many years as the “Romantic Duo”, sharing their music at many organizational events, family celebrations, retirement communities and nursing homes throughout the region.  Vladimir teaches clarinet and saxophone for Clark University’s Neighborhood Music Program, the Wachusett Regional School District’s after school music program and has been on Joy of Music’s faculty since 2006.