Richard Ardizzone: Trombone; Jazz Ensembles; Brass Ensemble; 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 Coliation 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.
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.
Marcia Anderson: Recorder, Recorder Ensemble - PhD, MA (English & American Literature) Brandeis University; BA University of Rochester. 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.
Madeline Browning: Recorder, Recorder Ensembles - 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 and is currently flute accompanist for the church’s Senior Choir. She 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 program of Music & Movement classes for young children taught by Wendy.
Myra MacLeod: Director ~ Frog Point Fiddlers; Fiddle Folks - Massachusetts College of Art; Northeastern U; violin studies and pedagogy with Carol Sykes, Jennie Chan. Myra grew up in Dorchester MA and began her music studies at the South End Music Center at age five. In the 1970's, she began her performance career in the richly creative Cambridge-Boston folk music scene and was especially drawn to the rich heritage of Celtic fiddling. More recently, Myra has performed extensively both as a solo musician and as a member of groups such as "Riverbend," "Frosty Morn," and "Patchwork." Artists such as Chuck and Mud, Denis Coughlin, and John Michaels have added Myra's unique sound to their own CDs.
In 2006, Myra moved the folk music program she created to the Joy of Music, including Frogpoint Fiddlers for children and Fiddlefolks for adults. Myra is also a certified Suzuki Violin instructor and teaches privately in her home. In addition to serving on JOMP’s faculty, Myra is on the faculty of Appletree Arts in Grafton.
Ralph Metcalf: Conductor ~ Joy of Music String Ensemble (JOMSE) and String Ensembles II & III - Ralph Metcalf graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and additional studies in string pedagogy. He was an instrumental and classroom music teacher for the Shrewsbury Public Schools for 37 years and still serves as a sub when needed. Under Ralph’s direction, the Shrewsbury High School Orchestra won gold medals in four of five appearances at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association festivals. In 1998, the Orchestra received a superior rating and Judges’ Choice Award at the Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey PA. In 1991 Ralph received the Orchestra Director of the Year award from the Massachusetts School Orchestra Association and the Lowell Mason Award for his important contributions to music and music education. Ralph is the founding conductor of the Worcester Youth Concert Orchestra, which he conducted from 1989 to 1998.
As a performer, Ralph is a freelance musician and plays trumpet in the Concord Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, MetroWest Symphony and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Ralph has been a member of the Joy of Music faculty since 2001.
Regie Pineda: Violin, Viola, Chamber Music - Reginald Pineda earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Sto. Thomas in Manila. He came to the United States in 1994 and entered the Boston Conservatory, where he studied violin with Lynn Chang, Victor Romanul, and Bonnie Bewick Brown and Chamber Music with Patricia McCarty, Andrew Mark and Ronald Feldman. After receiving a Graduate Performance Certificate from the Conservatory in 1997, Regie returned to the Phillipines. For the next five years, he served on the faculty of the University of Sto. Thomas and as Principal second violinist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a founding member and principal violinist of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble under the leadership of flutist David Johnson.
Regie is currently a member of the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Eleva Chamber Players, and performs frequently throughout New England. He has been on the faculty at Joy of Music since 2004, and is currently music director at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster.
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 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.
Tim Terranella: Cello, Flute; Chamber Music, Conductor ~ JOMP Youth Orchestra (JYO) - 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.