Brass & Winds Lessons
Richard Ardizzone graduated from Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Trombone Performance. He holds a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from Tufts University. Before transferring to BU, Rich attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a Music Education major and George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville as a Special Education major. Rich and his family moved to Worcester in 1977, when he became Executive Director of Rainbow Child Development Center, a position he held for 16½ years. Prior to moving to Worcester, Rich was a day care teacher and later the Preschool Co-ordinator for Cambridge/ Somerville Catholic Charities Day Care Program. Ever an advocate for children, Rich served for many years as an active member of the Massachusetts Associated Day Care Administrators and the Worcester Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force. He has also served on the boards of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Grants Advisory Committee to the Worcester Arts Council.
While attending BU and Tufts, Rich worked nights and weekends in Boston, playing with a variety of jazz, Salsa and Latin bands, including the Paul Fontaine/Jimmy Mosher Big Band and the Brass Menagerie. He was also a member of Conjunto Azul, a Latin Jazz group that played as the house band at the legendary Paul’s Mall. After moving to Worcester he became a member of the Rich Falco Quartet and the Sonic Explorers. Rich left his position at Rainbow in 1994 to become Associate Director of the Joy of Music Program, where he was already volunteering and teaching trombone.
Stephanie Busby is a freelance bassoonist in the Boston area and has performed professionally throughout New England, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has performed as a bassoonist and contra bassoonist with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, among others. In addition to teaching at the Joy of Music Program, Ms. Busby is on the applied music faculty at UMass Lowell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Salem State University, Clark University, Indian Hill Music School, and the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord. She attended Boston University where she earned both a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance and Music History and Literature, and a Master of Music degree in Performance. Her primary teachers were Matthew Ruggiero and Richard Plaster. For several summers, Ms. Busby has traveled to Italy to perform and to study at the Sebino Summer Class and Festival.
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.
Lucy Colwell earned her B. M. Degree in Horn Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory; did graduate work at North Texas State University and earned her Artists Diploma from the Hartt School of Music. She has studied horn with Dr. David Cottrell, Dr. Bingt Bellfrage, Gregory Hustis, Dr. William Scharenberg and David Jolley. Ms. Colwell has a wealth of performing experience including Principal French Horn with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Foot Hills Theatre, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater. Ms. Colwell teaches music at the Wales Elementary School and has taught at Tantasqua Regional Junior High School and Tantasqua Regional High School. She also taught private lessons at Joy of Music from 2001 through 2004. We were delighted to welcome her back on the faculty in 2012.
Scott is a passionate performer and educator. He has played on Broadway and with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Scott was awarded the honor of the James E. Hughes, Sr. Memorial Award for Performance from Mannes College of Music.
Scott has performed several engagements at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City as well as Symphony Hall in Boston. He is an active performer of, and advocate for, Jazz and Classical music. Scott believes in a strong connection between all types of music, particularly Jazz and Classical, as their attributes serve to highlight one another. Scott is also an audio engineer and records often in New York City and Boston.
Scott is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Stony Brook University (currently on leave), and studied there with American Brass Quintet Member Kevin Cobb. He serves as the Manager for the Massachusetts Central District Senior Festival Jazz Ensemble.
Scott is co-founder of Funtasia Music, a music center and recording studio with locations in New York City and Boston. Funtasia most recently recorded and produced the album, Peace In Belle Ile En Mer for Nicolas Duchamp, Principal Flute of Paris Opera Comique.
Scott’s teachers include Mr. Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Mr. Eric Berlin of the Boston Philharmonic and Albany Symphony. He has studied with Timur Martynov of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra St. Petersburg, Fritz Damrow of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Thomas Smith of the New York Philharmonic, Raymond Riccomini of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and has studied chamber music. Scott currently performs in Boston and New York and is a substitute trumpeter with the Hartford Symphony. He joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2016.
Nancy Shapiro received a Bachelor of Arts from Simon’s Rock of Bard College as an Oboe Performance and Composition major, and a Master of Arts from Leslie University, where she majored in Expressive Therapies with a concentration in Music Therapy. She went on to earn a Doctorate in Pyschology (clinical) from Antioch’s New England Graduate School. Nancy’s oboe teachers have included John Ferrillo, Peggy Pearson and Judith Dansker, and she has participated in workshops and master classes with John de Lancie, Bert Lucarelli, Wayne Rapier and Robert Sheena.
In addition to freelancing in the Boston area, Nancy has performed with the Concord, New England Philharmonic and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestras and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. She is currently a member of the Newton and Thayer Symphony Orchestras and the Trade Winds Quintet. Nancy has been on the faculty at Joy of Music since 2007.
Timothy Terranella is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, holds a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Boston Conservatory, and did additional graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. His teachers have included: Leonard Rose, Orlando Cole, Mischa Nieland and Ronald Thomas (cello) as well as Bernard Goldberg, Randolph Bowman and Jeanne Baxtresser (flute). Tim has performed as cellist and flutist with many of the area’s most prestigious musical organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra (sub), the Boston Ballet, Boston Esplanade Pops, New Hampshire Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Boston Bel Canto Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and in New York City as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Tim is a founding member of the Bostonian Chamber Players and often plays with the Guilded Harps of Boston.
Having previously taught at Boston University and the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Tim has served on Joy of Music’s faculty since 1990. He also currently teaches at the Groton School in Groton and Indian Hill Music School in Littleton.
Vladimir Vaskevich received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Stolyarsky School of Music and his Master of Music degree from Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine). He was a member of the Odessa Opera Orchestra and the Odessa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (clarinet and saxophone) as well as leader and arranger of ensembles for the Odessa City Music Entertainment Company. In addition to his classical performing, he participated in Jazz Festivals through Russia and the Ukraine, including performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Vladimir also served on the faculty at the Odessa State Musical College for sixteen years before emigrating to the United States.
Vladimir and his wife, violinist Svitlana Kovalenko, have been performing together for many years as the “Romantic Duo”, sharing their music at many organizational events, family celebrations, retirement communities and nursing homes throughout the region. Vladimir teaches clarinet and saxophone for Clark University’s Neighborhood Music Program, the Wachusett Regional School District’s after school music program and has been on Joy of Music’s faculty since 2006.
Mark Weissman has been a professional musician in the New England area for the past 25 years. In addition to receiving a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, he holds Music degrees from Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst. Mark has studied Saxophone/improvisation, and composition with Yuseff Lateef, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Jeff Holmes, Ken Radnofsky, Ted Levine, and Lynn Klock.
From 2002-2016 Mark was enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Saxophonist. During his enlistment he had the opportunity to perform and record with numerous Jazz luminaries such as Marvin Stamm, Greg Hopkins, Gary Smulyan, Jane Monheit, Billy Pierce, and Phil Wilson. In addition to his performance responsibilities, Mark was chosen to musically direct the top Jazz ensemble at the world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival.
Currently, Mark is teaching band full time in the Tantasqua District, and performing in numerous ensembles around the New England area. He taught at Joy of Music from 2000 and 2002, before joining the Air Force band and rejoined JOMP’s faculty in 2017.