Strings Lessons

Betsy Bronstein

Betsy Bronstein received her BM in Cello performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.  She holds both an MMA and DMA in Cello from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Her teachers have included Gabor Rejto, Yuan Tung, Timothy Eddy and Bernard Greenhouse.  Betsy has performed as a member of the Boston Philharmonic, and Symphony Pro Musica.  For over 10 years, she was cellist for Aequalis, a trio she co-founded, which commissioned, premiered and recorded works by American composers.  She has presented programs for children in public schools throughout Massachusetts with Aequalis and as a solo cellist.

Betsy has worked for Johnson String Instrument where she oversaw cello quality control. She has served as an Artist-in-Residence at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester, and performs as cellist with the Cocobolo Trio and the Jazz and Cajun Duo.   Betsy joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2014.  She also teaches at Pakachoag Music School and Worcester Music Academy, and maintains a private studio in her home.


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Sean Farias

Sean Farias received his undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his Master's Degree from the Longy School of Music.  Originally from the New England area, he can be heard with an eclectic array of performers throughout the area ranging in styles from jazz, avant garde, celtic, folk, pop/rock, and electronic. 

Sean has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and South Korea.  He has also been fortunate enough to perform with many local and international artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music including the likes of George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Kohlhase, Bob Gullotti, Jeff Galindo, Brooke Sofferman, Laszlo Gardony, Steve Slagle and many more.   In 2009 Sean recorded on the PBS documentary "The Mosque In Morgantown," named Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.  He teaches at the Rivers School Conservatory and joined the JOMP Faculty in 2014.


Debby Greenebaum

Debby Greenebaum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University, where she earned her Massachusetts Early Childhood Certification (N-3). Debby received her Suzuki training at the School for Strings in NYC and was an intern with Roberta Gauspari Tzavaras, helping her prepare inner-city students for performances at Lincoln Center and the White House. Before moving to the Worcester area in the summer of 2009, Debby taught violin and chamber music at the Smith College Campus School and was the Director of violin programs in the Holyoke Public Schools and at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton. In addition to chamber music performances, Debby has played with the Springfield and New Hampshire Symphonies, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey and the Philharmonia Virtuosi in NYC.

Debby is Director of Greenwood Music Camp's Junior Camp, where she has served on the faculty for many years.  She joined JOMP's faculty in 2009 and also teaches in the Shrewsbury Public Schools after-school music program. 

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Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes was a scholarship student at both the New England Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. He studied violin with Grant Rudnicki, Sarah Scriven, Eric Rosenblith and Janet Packer and music theory with Judy Ross and Eric Sawyer.  Peter studied chamber music at the Marlboro Music School and Festival and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.  A Worcester native, Peter became the Worcester Symphony Orchestra’s youngest member at the age of fifteen. He worked under several conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas and Joseph Silverstein.

As an active freelancer in the greater Boston area for many years, Peter has played with many groups, including the Lyric Stage of Boston, Reagle Players, Speakeasy Stage Company, Life Story Theater and Boston Children's Theater. He currently plays with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of Musique Makers, a trio performing classical and jazz styles.  His past teaching includes Worcester Academy, Robinson Music and the Wachusett Regional High School after school music program.  Peter has served as a faculty member at Joy of Music since 2007.


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Laurie Knorr

Laurie Knorr graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville Missouri, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (emphasis in Violin) and a Master of Arts degree.  Laurie received her Suzuki Violin Teacher Certification in Books 1-7 from the Suzuki School of Newton and in Book 8 from the Ithaca Suzuki Institute in Ithaca NY.  Her principal violin teachers were Mary Lou Speaker-Churchill, Lucia Lin, and Dorothy Bales.  Laurie has performed with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Pro Musica.  She has taught at the Thayer Performing Arts Center at Atlantic Union College, the Bancroft School. She currently teaches at Pakachoag Music School and has been a member of the Joy of Music faculty since 2006.

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Aaron Packard

Aaron Packard holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook, both in Violin Performance. He has served as concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra and the Round Top Music Festival Orchestra in Texas. In addition to maintaining a private studio in the Bloomfield-West Hartford area, Aaron has served as adjunct professor of violin and viola at the Hartt School of Music Community Division.  He is a member of the New England Piano Trio, Cuatros Puntos String Quartet, and Praxis, an experimental ensemble based in New York City.  Aaron currently teaches at the Groton School and has been a member of Joy of Music's faculty since 2010.


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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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Regie Pineda

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.

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Caroline Reiner-Williams

Caroline Reiner-Williams completed her undergraduate degree in cello performance at the age of 19. Prior to accepting a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Longy School of Music, she toured Canada, England, France, Russia, Spain and Portugal as a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Boston Youth Symphony.  At 21, she received her Master of Music degree in cello performance with an emphasis in cello pedagogy .

An experienced performer as well as a widely sought-after teaching artist, Caroline is passionate about both aspects of her career.  She is active throughout New England as a chamber and orchestral musician, and performs regularly with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, with whom she is associate principal. Recently, she has served as sub for the Lexington Symphony.  In 2009, stemming from a deep love of chamber music, Caroline founded the Nashaway Trio with husband and violinist Angel Hernandez, and pianist Roy Imperio.  The group gave its premiere performance on the Beveridge Webster Recital Series in Hanover, NH, and continues to perform together on a regular basis.  Caroline and her husband are faculty artists at the Northern Essex Community College Summer Chamber Music Festival.

A faculty member at Joy of Music since 2009, Caroline is also on the faculty at Indian Hill Music in Littleton, is adjunct music faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and teaches in the Shrewsbury Public Schools Instrumental Program.   Past teaching positions include adjunct faculty at the Fay School in Southborough, Brooks School in North Andover, and the Bancroft School and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. Caroline and her husband live in Holden with their two children.

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David Siegel

David holds a B.M. In Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers were Erick Friedman and Aaron Rosand. He participated in master classes with the Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

He has performed extensively, often as concertmaster, with a variety of organizations such as Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Wang Center, Citi Center, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Springfield Symphony. He has toured with Philharmonia Hungarica, Goldovsky Grand Opera and Phantom of the Opera National Tour.

David has taught with the Wellesley, Newton, Lincoln, and Shrewsbury Public Schools. He also has maintained a private studio.  David joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2016.

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