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.
In the spring of 2010, Debby played Robin and Jean-Paul Sartre in Calliope Theatre’s production of ‘Godspell.” She has been on the faculty of Greenwood Music Camp’s junior camp for many years and joined JOMP’s faculty in 2009.
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. 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. In addition to serving on the faculty at Joy of Music since 2007, Peter teaches at Worcester Academy, Robinson’s Music, Inc. and the Wachusett Regional High School after-school music program.
Ariel Kennedy holds a BM in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied with Stephen Shipps, and simultaneously earned a BA in English. A registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher through Book 5, she accomplished her Suzuki training with Ann Montzka-Smelser and Julia Hardie at the Colorado Suzuki Institute, Beaver Creek, and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. For the past two years, Ariel taught and performed in New Hampshire's Upper Valley, where she enjoyed building a studio with students of all ages, and also had the opportunity to teach third grade violin at the Upper Valley Waldorf School. She is currently also on faculty at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. Ariel joined the faculty at Joy of Music in the fall of 2011.
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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, and has been a member of the Joy of Music faculty since 2006.
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. He is currently a faculty member at Pakachoag Community Music School and the Groton School. He has been on the Joy of Music faculty since September of 2010.
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.