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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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Halla Kalmansson

Soprano Halla Kalmansson received her Bachelor or Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  A native of Leominster, Miss Kalmansson is an experienced and versatile singer who is qualified to teach in the classical, sacred, folk and musical theatre genres.

Over the past several seasons Miss Kalmansson has been in demand locally as soprano soloist for oratorios including Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat (D Major), Vivaldi's Gloria and John Rutter's Gloria. In June of 2016 she was invited to perform the U.S. premier of composer Amy Barlowe’s Magnificat with Akron Baroque (Ohio). For many years Miss Kalmansson was a featured soloist with the Youth Ensemble of New England and also with Rose, Thorn and Fiddle, both throughout the United States and internationally. In 2011, while studying with Gregorio Rangel at New England Conservatory’s Prep Division, she soloed with the NEC Youth Chorus in Jordan Hall. Nearly every year since 2009, Miss Kalmansson has presented solo recitals at Thayer Performing Arts Center in South Lancaster, most recently being featured in the 2015 New Year’s Concert.

Major student opera roles include Héro (Beatrice et Bénédict), First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Oberto (Alcina, cover). Opera Scenes roles include Marcelline (Fidelio), Gretel (Christopher Columbus) and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld). Although her degree is in opera, Miss Kalmansson spent much of her childhood performing in local musical theatre productions, which gives her a special insight into the genre. Local theatre roles have included Chip (Beauty and the Beast) with Clinton Community Theatre, Amaryllis (The Music Man) and the Nightingale of Samarkand (Once Upon a Mattress) with Sterling Community Theatre, Fanny (Bah Humbug) with Calliope Theatre and Salata (Utopia, Ltd.) with Sudbury Light Opera Company.

 While studying with Dr. Mary Schiller at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in 2016 Miss Kalmansson won CIM’s Pauline Thesmacher Award for vocal and musical excellence and placed third in the Ohio Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. In 2015 she placed second in the NATS competition. At CIM’s commencement exercises this past May Miss Kalmansson was selected the represent the undergraduate division by singing “The Doll Song” from Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach.  She is excited to be joining the teaching faculty of Joy of Music in 2017.

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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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