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Wendy Ardizzone

Wendy Ardizzone earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano with Jack Radunsky and Emil Danenburg, chamber music with Jack Fraser, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Inda Howland.  She also gained extensive experience as a collaborative pianist at Oberlin, serving as accompanist for many Student and Senior Recitals. 

Wendy’s interest in teaching young children led her to do graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Tufts University, where she studied music for preschoolers with Beatrice Spaulding.  She later resumed piano and chamber music studies with Victor Rosenbaum and her study of Eurhythmics at the Longy School of Music with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber.  Wendy has collaborated in performances with many musicians, including Leone Buyse, flute; Michael Webster, clarinet; Arturo Delmoni, violin; Kevin McGinty, piano; Beth Pearson, cello and the late George Seaman, cello.  She loves collaborating with faculty members and students at JOMP.  They keep her in touch with the joy of music and inspire her grant writing and other administrative activities!

Wendy was the 2002 recipient of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts’ Katharine Erskine Award in the Arts and Humanities.  She is a Corporator for Music Worcester and the YWCA of Central Mass.  The school was honored by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as the 2005 recipient of their Visions Award for Cultural Enrichment.  She founded Joy of Music in 1986.

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Maryanne Barnicle

Maryanne Barnicle, earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. She began teaching piano privately, with yearly recitals, as a college student; and has taught students of all ages for over 40 years.

She spent 25 years in Connecticut Public Schools teaching K-12 Vocal/General Music, Jr/Sr High School Class Piano/Music Technology, and High School Choral Music. She earned a Fine Arts Director Certificate and Master of Education Degree in Arts Education from Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA while serving as the K-12 Music Department Chair in the Canton, CT Public Schools.

Maryanne spent many years as an accompanist for recitals, choruses, church choirs, musical theater groups and Regional/All-State Music Festivals. She also served as organist in St. Patrick Church in Canton, CT as well as St. Mary’s Church and the First Church of Christ, both in Simsbury, Connecticut.

In 2003, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Clubs International, Canton, CT. The Canton (CT) Chamber of Commerce named her Educator of the Year in 1999. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women.   She joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2013.

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Cindy Bizzarro

Cindy Bizzarro earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire, where she spent most of her time in the musical theater department. She later received a Level I Orff certificate from the New England Conservatory. Cindy is in great demand as a collaborative pianist in the central Massachusetts area, working with several voice teachers and for numerous musical theater productions. She has composed several musical theater scores, for original productions at Plymouth State University and Kearsage Arts Theater in New Hampshire, including “Mail to the Chief.” Cindy joined the faculty at Joy of Music in 1989 and has been teaching recorder and piano here ever since.

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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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Kallin Johnson

Kallin Johnson holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music (Piano Performance) and French from Utah State University. He received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Kallin actively serves on the boards of many Worcester cultural organizations, including Worcester Center for the Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre), ARTSWorcester, First Night Worcester, MusicWorcester and the Worcester Cultural Commission. He was co-founder and Executive Director of the Pakachoag Community Music School from 1982-1986 and has been Director of Music at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester since 1989. In addition to directing Musical Theater productions at Notre Dame, Kallin has also directed for New England Theatre Co., Worcester County Light Opera, Stage Loft Theatre (Sturbridge) and the Westboro players.

In addition to his many classical and jazz performances as a pianist, Kallin has composed three musicals and recently conducted the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the Hanover Theatre and for Ballet Arts Worcester’s 2008 performances of the Nutcracker. Kallin teaches in the Jazz Vocal and Class Piano programs at Clark University and joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2009.

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Beth Keusch

Elizabeth Keusch holds an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education from the University of North Texas. For two summers, she was a Voice Fellow at the Tanglewood Institute. Beth has sung internationally and nationally as soprano soloist, including performances at Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. 

In the spring of 2010, Beth sang a leading role in the world premier of “Phoolan Devi: Bandit Queen” by Shirish Korde, chairman of the Music Department at the College of the Holy Cross in performances at the Holy Cross and Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. In addition to teaching at Holy Cross, Beth joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2007.

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Sanghee Kim

Sanghee Kim received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Pusan National University in South Korea, where she won numerous competitions. She first came to the United States in 1993 and earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory.  Returning to Korea, she continued to devote herself to music by performing in solo and chamber music recitals, and as a member of an opera company. She also maintained a private teaching studio. In 1997, Sanghee returned to the United States to continue her piano studies with David Deveau. In 2003, she received a Performance Diploma in Piano and Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Sally Pinkas and Brian Moll. Sanghee Kim has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003.

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Olga Pineda

Olga Pineda has a Bachelor's Degree both in Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) with Violin and Piano as her principal instruments; and Marketing Management. Also, she has earned her Master of Science in Marketing. Olga was a member of the First Violin Section of the only national orchestra in the Philippines, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, she was a pioneer member of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble under the leadership of David Johnson.  Currently, Olga is a member of the New England Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Roderick MacDonald.   Olga has been teaching the violin and piano since 1988 and taught at Joy of Music from 2004 through 2010.  We are delighted to welcome her back to the faculty as of September 2016.

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