Brass & Winds Lessons
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
Tyler Hauer earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied classical trumpet under Robert Stibler and jazz with Tom Palance. Tyler is currently working towards obtaining his Masters degree in Trumpet Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. At Longy he is studying under Steven Emery, who has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Tyler has also studied with Eric Berlin, Principal Trumpet of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic. He has also studied jazz trumpet with Jerry Sabatini.
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.
Mezzo-Soprano Carrie Reid-Knox received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. Carrie has performed throughout the United States in operas, musicals, recitals, and concert work. She has been a Young Artist at several summer opera and music festivals, including Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, Le Chiavi di Bel Canto at the Texas Music Festival, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, and Opera in the Ozarks. Recent roles include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, Donna Rosa in Il Postino, Mum in Albert Herring, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, Mrs. Baines in Elmer Gantry, the Forester's Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado. Carrie has been active in collaborating on new works with living composers and has premiered several vocal chamber pieces.
While earning her Master of Music at the University of Houston, Carrie studied Vocal Pedagogy and was an active voice teacher in the Houston area. She was a teaching assistant for the Voice and Music Literature departments at the university and has tutored music theory. Carrie is thrilled to join the Joy of Music Faculty in Feb of 2013.
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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 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.