Wendy Ardizzone ~ Director; Piano, Music & Movement - Wendy Ardizzone earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano with Jack Radunsky and Emil Danenburg, chamber music with Jack Fraser, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Inda Howland. Wendy’s love for chamber music had been kindled during summers spent at Kinhaven and Greenwood Music camps. She also gained extensive experience as a collaborative pianist at Oberlin, serving as accompanist for many Student and Senior Recitals. While at Oberlin, she spent a summer studying with her father, Beveridge Webster, at Aspen Music School. Wendy’s interest in teaching young children led her to do graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Tufts University, where she studied music for preschoolers with Beatrice Spaulding. She later resumed piano and chamber music studies with Victor Rosenbaum and her study of Eurhythmics at the Longy School of Music with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber. Wendy has collaborated in performances with many musicians, including Leone Buyse, flute, Michael Webster, clarinet, Arturo Delmoni, violin, Kevin McGinty, piano, Beth Pearson, cello and George Seaman, cello.
Wendy founded the Joy of Music Program in the fall of 1986 as a program of music and movement classes for preschoolers. When she made the decision to incorporate JOMP as a non-profit community music school in 1989, she gave up her professional performing to focus her creative energy on managing and developing the school and teaching. But one of her favorite things to do at JOMP is accompany students on recitals, whether they are beginners giving their first performance or advanced students challenging her with professional level repertoire. Wendy was the 2002 recipient of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts’ Katharine Erskine Award in the Arts and Humanities.
Thaddeus Bell ~ Jazz Piano & Voice, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Clark University, where he studied classical voice with Maria Ferrante and Donald Boothman, and jazz piano with Dick Odgren. He is currently finishing his Master’s in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.
As an educator, he has worked at Mountview Middle School for 9 and a half years primarily as the choral director, and also as a general music and band instructor. He teaches voice and piano privately and has been music director for numerous youth production musicals.
Thaddeus is an active vocal and piano performer in both the Worcester and Boston areas. Lately, Thaddeus has been on the stage in productions/concerts with Greater Worcester Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He enjoys both performing and helping students find the best in themselves through music education and performance.
Cindy Bizzarro ~ Piano, Recorder, Accompanist - Cindy Bizzarro earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire, where she spent most of her time in the musical theater department. She later received a Level I Orff certificate from the New England Conservatory. Cindy is in great demand as a collaborative pianist in the central Massachusetts area, working with several voice teachers and for numerous musical theater productions. She has composed several musical theater scores, for original productions at Plymouth State University and Kearsage Arts Theater in New Hampshire, including “Mail to the Chief.” Cindy joined the faculty at Joy of Music in 1989.
Tina Ho ~ piano - Tina Ho received both a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University, where her piano professor was Alan Chow. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she was a student of Yong Hi Moon and Hyun-Sook Park. Tina was awarded a Career Development Grant by Peabody. Prior to college, she studied piano with Sylvia Chambless, A. Ramon Rivera and Jean Stackhouse through New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division. An active performer, Tina has participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the ARIA International Summer Festival.
In addition to participating in Master Classes at the Summer Festival at Walnut Hill for several years, she served as Faculty Concert accompanist and Assistant to the Director. Tina’s teaching experience includes both private lessons and class piano. She joined the Joy of Music faculty in September 2010.
Kallin Johnson ~ Jazz & Classical Piano - Kallin Johnson holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music (Piano Performance) and French from Utah State University. He received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Kallin actively serves on the boards of many Worcester cultural organizations, including Worcester Center for the Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre), ARTSWorcester, First Night Worcester, MusicWorcester and the Worcester Cultural Commission. He was co-founder and Executive Director of the Pakachoag Community Music School from 1982-1986 and has been Director of Music at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester since 1989. In addition to directing Musical Theater productions at Notre Dame, Kallin has also directed for New England Theatre Co., Worcester County Light Opera, Stage Loft Theatre (Sturbridge) and the Westboro players.
In addition to his many classical and jazz performances as a pianist, Kallin has composed three musicals and recently conducted the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the Hanover Theatre and for Ballet Arts Worcester’s 2008 performances of the Nutcracker. Kallin teaches in the Jazz Vocal and Class Piano programs at Clark University and joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2009.
Sang Hee Kim ~ Piano - Sang Hee Kim received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Pusan National University in South Korea, where she won numerous competitions. She first came to the United States in 1993 and earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory. Returning to Korea, she continued to devote herself to music by performing in solo and chamber music recitals, and as a member of an opera company. She also maintained a private teaching studio. In 1997, Sang Hee returned to the United States to continue her piano studies with David Deveau. In 2003, she received a Performance Diploma in Piano and Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Sally Pinkas and Brian Moll. Sang Hee Kim has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003.
Priscilla Noyes Kjorlaug ~ Piano - Priscilla Noyes Kjorlaug holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy as well as a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from Arkansas State University, where she studied with former JOMP faculty member Dr. Lauren Schack Clark. While at ASU, she held a graduate assistantship in the Department of Music, teaching private piano lessons to non-music majors in addition to maintaining her own private piano studio. Priscilla also gained experience as a collaborative pianist by accompanying recitals, master classes, four choral groups and the ASU Wind Ensemble. During the summers of 2005 and 2006, she was a collaborative pianist with chamber music ensembles at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee (TN).
Before moving to Massachusetts in the summer of 2009, Priscilla taught at the David Lipscomb Music Academy in Nashville (TN) and “Music and Arts” in Franklin (TN) and held several church music and choir director positions. She is currently church accompanist at Franklin United Methodist Church in Franklin, MA. In addition to serving on the faculty at Joy of Music, Priscilla teaches at the Franklin School for Performing Arts in Franklin MA.
Lisa Lynch ~ Voice, Piano - Lisa Lynch received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Eastman School of Music, where she was the recipient of the George Eastman merit scholarship. She earned her Master of Music in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Voice Performance at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Her voice teachers have included James Ruff, D’Anna Fortunato, Robert McIver and Tom Bogdan. In addition to opera performances with UConn Opera Theatre, Cantata Singers Chamber Series and the Harvard Early Music Society, Lisa has performed as soloist with the Capella Clausura, Cantata Singers, and is a founding member of the Libella Quartet. She was a faculty member at the Corwin-Russell School in Sudbury from 2006-2009, where she taught voice, piano and served as music director and accompanist for the school’s musicals, and is currently teaching Music Theory classes at UConn under a teaching assistantship. Lisa has taught voice and piano privately for over ten years.
Marylynn O'Connor ~ piano - Marylynn O’Connor earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Anna Maria College, where she was a student of Elizabeth Noone. She is currently a Master of Music degree candidate at the Hartt School of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Marylynn’s volunteer experiences include teaching in All Saints Church’s Afternoon Tunes program, singing at the Odd Fellows Home and serving as pianist/accompanist at the Heritage Baptist Church. Marylynn has taught piano privately for several years. Her experience studying at Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester when she was in high school kindled her interest in teaching in a community music school setting. Marylynn joined the Joy of Music faculty in September 2010.
Elise Scanlan ~ Piano - Elise Scanlan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University, where she majored in Family and Child Development. After graduating, she worked as a mental health counselor for many years, helping her clients in a variety of settings. Elise has studied piano privately with Sue Wen and Nancy Oliva. For the past 25 years, she has maintained a private piano studio in her home for children and adults at all levels. Elise joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2007.