Orff, Chorus & World Drumming Faculty

 Richard Ardizzone: Associate Director; Trombone; Jazz Ensembles; Brass Ensemble; World Drumming - 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 Coliation 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.

 Nan Gibbons: Children's Chorus - Nan Gibbons received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Art from Lesley University. She returned to Lesley for graduate work, earning her Master of Education degree in Music, Education and Leadership in 2009. Nan is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the Arts and Theology from the Andover Newton Theological School. She achieved three levels of Creating Artistry training in summer programs at Butler University (IN) and received training as a Drum Circle Facilitator from Remo Health Rhythms. 

Nan was vocal coach and choral assistant for the Hudson Area Arts Alliance from 2000-2008. Since 2003, she has been a choral director and arts integration specialist in the Worcester Public Elementary Schools though Urban Voices, a Choral Initiative of the New York Metropolitan Opera Guild. She is the founder of Rhythm Royalty, a drumming group of 4th - 6th graders she has been directing at the Worcester Arts Magnet School since 2005. Nan joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2003.

 Kerry Williams: Orff Schulwerk - Kerry Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from William Smith College in Geneva NY. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Louisville (KY) and is a certified music teacher for grades K-12. Kerry incorporates elements of Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze in teaching music to children. She earned Orff-Shulwerk Certifications for Levels I, II and III, in Orff Curriculum Development and in Orff for Middle School from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Kerry studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Dalcroze School of Music in NYC, where her primary teacher was Anne Farber. She also studied Theory and Composition at the Juilliard School of Music.

Prior to moving to Massachusetts in the summer of 2009, Kerry was Music Specialist at Sacred Heart Model School in Louisville and served as treasurer of the Kentucky Orff-Shulwerk Association. She is currently the Music teacher at the Thomas Prince Elementary School in Princeton MA. Kerry joined the Joy of Music faculty in June 2010.