Voice Lessons

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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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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David Koh

David recently moved to Worcester after spending the last ten years in Philadelphia as a teacher and performer.  After completing his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he received his M.M. in Vocal Performance from Temple University.  He is currently completing work for his D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at Temple University.  As the recipient of a teaching fellowship, David has spent the past four years teaching voice classes and private lessons to both classical and musical theater voice students at Temple University.  David was also part of the inaugural team of teaching artists with Opera Philadelphia.  During his time with the company, he developed and piloted several programs for Philadelphia public schools.  In addition to teaching, David has served for many years as soloist and assistant conductor for Korean United Church of Philadelphia’s 55-member choir. 

David has performed numerous roles including the title roles in Faust and Lucio Silla, Ferrando (Così Fan Tutte), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus), Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi).  David has appeared with companies such as Opera Philadelphia, Opera New Jersey, Opera Lancaster, Concert Opera of Philadelphia, Center City Opera, Aspen Music Festival, among others.  David has also performed extensively as a soloist on the concert stage.  David has appeared with Mendelssohn Club, Delaware Choral Society, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University Orchestra, among others in works including Britten’s Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s Cantata N.147.  He joined the JOMP faculty in the summer of 2016.

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