Brass & Winds Lessons

Nancy Ackerman

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 after school music program at the Bancroft School in Worcester.  She became a member of the Joy of Music faculty in 2008.  Click here to see Nancy's website: www.westwyndmusic.com

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Richard Ardizzone

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.

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Carlos Averhoff Jr

Carlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban saxophonist, composer, band leader, recording artist of Inner Circle Music Jazz label, and Berklee College, New England Conservatory and Concord Conservatory faculty. All About Jazz named Carlos a “dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful.” 

His project iRESI was released in April 2015 under Greg Osby’s boutique recording label Inner Circle Music. iRESI has been applauded by international critics and major jazz blogs. Acclamations include Four Stars from All About Jazz and descriptions such as “remarkable recording;” “striking music;” “bewitching;” and as portrayed by Latin Jazz Network, “one of the most visceral and heartfelt that Carlos may have made” […] 

His performance resonates with equal parts fire and smart intellect, showing a player that has done his homework, ready to explore new musical territories.”

Carlos has also collaborated with well known Jazz artists such as Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Moses; Cuban drummer Horacio El Negro Hernandez; pianists Jason Moran, Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca. Saxophonists Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, and Bill Pierce. He was nominated to the Latin Grammy with the album Buena Vista Social Club Presenta a Omara Portuondo. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos first encounter with music was through the hands of his father, legendary saxophonist and member of Chucho Valdes’s Irakere, Carlos Averhoff. He was classically trained in Cuba’s top music schools, Manuel Saumel Conservatory of Music, Amadeo Roldan School of Music and Havana’s Superior Institue of Art. Carlos continued his education in the United States earning Suma Cum Laude Honors at Berklee College of Music and a Master’s Degree with Honors from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.  He is joining the JOMP Faculty in the fall of 2016.

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Stephan Barnicle

Stephan P. Barnicle, a Worcester native, taught choruses, orchestra and music technology in Connecticut High Schools from 1970 to 2004 when he retired and moved to Fayetteville, NC where he served as Director of Music Ministry at St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Artistic Director of the CANTATE Chamber Choir and the St. Patrick Music for Charity concert series for nine years.

Raised as a chorister in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir, he has held a variety of positions as a church musician for 59 years. He began teaching Recorder to the younger boys in the Cathedral Choir School while still in high school, and has continued to teach and to play ever since that time. 

Mr. Barnicle has appeared as guest solo and conductor throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His compositions and arrangements are often programmed by all-state and festival choirs here and abroad, including  the Worcester Chorus in 2011. He was the Music Director of the Visit Canada International Polychoral Festival in Montreal and Quebec for a decade.

He is a published author, poet, arranger and award winning composer whose works are published by Walton, Plymouth and Alliance publications, and has served as choral consultant for Glencoe/Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Educational Publishing. He was named Connecticut Music Educator of the Year for 1995; he was awarded the University of Connecticut’s “Excellence in High School Teaching” award; and was honored on national television on the “Disney Channel and McDonald’s presents the American Teacher Awards.” He is listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in America  and Who’s Who in the World.

During the summer of 2013 Steve returned to Worcester and has accepted the position of Director of Music Ministry at the First Congregational Church of Paxton, and joined the faculty of Joy of Music.

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Madeline Browning

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 Orchestra.  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.

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Stephanie Busby

Stephanie Busby is a freelance bassoonist in the Boston area and has performed professionally throughout New England, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has performed as a bassoonist and contra bassoonist with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, among others. In addition to teaching at the Joy of Music Program, Ms. Busby is on the applied music faculty at UMass Lowell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Salem State University, Clark University, Indian Hill Music School, and the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord. She attended Boston University where she earned both a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance and Music History and Literature, and a Master of Music degree in Performance.  Her primary teachers were Matthew Ruggiero and Richard Plaster.  For several summers, Ms. Busby has traveled to Italy to perform and to study at the Sebino Summer Class and Festival.

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Mary Casey

Mary Casey is a K-12 certified music specialists with a focus on general music and chorus. She recently retired after 30 years from the Auburn Public School system, having taught preschool through grade eight, primarily at the intermediate level. Mrs. Casey is a graduate of Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education as well a Masters plus 30 graduate credits in Fine Arts. In addition to Fine Arts, Mary obtained a Masters of Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College in 1995, as well as Integration of Arts Across the Curriculum from Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA. 

Mrs. Casey has over 20 years experience with private lessons in piano and voice, and excels in working with students individually, as well as in groups and has a background in adaptive music for students with special needs. Casey has a wide variety of teaching skills in areas of choral, recorder, barred instruments, movement to music, piano keyboards, and percussive instruments. Music activities include playing instruments, dancing, ear-training exercises, singing, composing and performing.

Mrs. Casey has directed and produced programs to include seasonal and holiday concerts, all-school interdisciplinary programs, student concert performances at local senior centers, and musical field trips. 

Mrs. Casey resides in Paxton, MA with her husband Bill. They have four children and four granddaughters. Casey’s hobby’s include yoga, swimming, health and fitness.  Mary joined the Joy of Music Faculty in the fall of 2016.

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Lucy Colwell

Lucy Colwell earned her B. M. Degree in Horn Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory; did graduate work at North Texas State University and earned her Artists Diploma from the Hartt School of Music.  She has studied horn with Dr. David Cottrell, Dr. Bingt Bellfrage, Gregory Hustis, Dr. William Scharenberg and David Jolley.  Ms. Colwell has a wealth of performing experience including Principal French Horn with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Foot Hills Theatre, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater.  Ms. Colwell teaches music at the Wales Elementary School and has taught at Tantasqua Regional Junior High School and Tantasqua Regional High School.  She also taught private lessons at Joy of Music from 2001 through 2004.  We are delighted to welcome her back on the faculty in 2012.

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Scott Daugherty

Scott is a passionate performer and educator. He has played on Broadway and with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.  In 2008, Scott was awarded the honor of the James E. Hughes, Sr. Memorial Award for Performance from Mannes College of Music.

Scott has performed several engagements at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City as well as Symphony Hall in Boston. He is an active performer of, and advocate for, Jazz and Classical music. Scott believes in a strong connection between all types of music, particularly Jazz and Classical, as their attributes serve to highlight one another. Scott is also an audio engineer and records often in New York City and Boston.

Scott is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Stony Brook University (currently on leave), and studied there with American Brass Quintet Member Kevin Cobb. He serves as the Manager for the Massachusetts Central District Senior Festival Jazz Ensemble.

Scott is co-founder of Funtasia Music, a music center and recording studio with locations in New York City and Boston. Funtasia most recently recorded and produced the album, Peace In Belle Ile En Mer for Nicolas Duchamp, Principal Flute of Paris Opera Comique. 

Scott’s teachers include Mr. Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Mr. Eric Berlin of the Boston Philharmonic and Albany Symphony. He has studied with Timur Martynov of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra St. Petersburg, Fritz Damrow of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Thomas Smith of the New York Philharmonic, Raymond Riccomini of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and has studied chamber music.  Scott currently performs in Boston and New York and is a substitute trumpeter with the Hartford Symphony.  He joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2016.

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Nancy Shapiro

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.

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