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.
Having been trained by the Yamaha music school in keyboard when she was in preschool, Alice inherited a natural feel for music teaching of the comprehensive elements of music with her mother: listen, sing, play, read and compose. Immediately upon completion of her Bachelor of Art and Elementary Education Degree, she was appointed flute and piano faculty at the Yamaha Music Education School and the Kawai Music Education School in Taiwan. She has since served on the faculty of Zen Music Center, Song of the Songs Music School, Fort Lee Music School and Fantasia Music.
Alice has coached for the Judith Mendenhall flute masterclasses for chamber music abroad. As a performer, Alice is an award-winning flutist and has ranked at events including multiple Taipei Music Competitions, the Jui-Shin Music Competition for solo flute and flute duets, was the Concerto Competition winner at the National Sun-Yat-Sen University and performed in Kaohsiung Culture Center in Taiwan. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2009 Kousseyitzky Young Artist Awards and was a Prize Winner of the 2011 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition.
Alice’s musical abilities allowed her to earn a scholarship to attend the National Sun Yat-Sen University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and was Principal Flute of the orchestra for four consecutive years. Alice is an active member of several ensembles and has performed Orchestral works at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and Kaohsiung Culture Center in Taiwan. Alice was invited to perform for the Consulate General of France in New York City, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York City and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC for the Japan Cherry Blossom Festival.
She earned a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City where she received a scholarship and studied with Judith Mendenhall, Principal Flute of the American Ballet Theater and Keith Underwood, Flute Player of the New York Philharmonic and The Late Show with David Letterman. For the piano, she studied with Donald Pirone, Professor at Queens College City University of New York and Michael Oelbaum, Mannes College of Music. Alice teaches also in the Auburn Public Schools and at Pakachoag Music School. She joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2017.
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.
Kenji Kikuchi, composer, saxophonist and music educator, has appeared as a performer internationally, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Joshua Redman, Richard Davis, Abraham Laboriel, Jr., Greg Hopkins and Joe Hunt. He is an active performer in the style of classical and jazz on not only his primary instrument, saxophone, but also on flute and clarinet.
Mr. Kikuchi is also an accomplished composer of contemporary classical music. He had several of his works premiered, including Overture for Orchestra and Saxophone Concerto by the Quincy Symphony; Marimba Concerto and Prelude for Orchestra by the Melrose Symphony; and Cape Ann Overture by the Cape Ann Symphony. He has also published Astronomy I, II (Finalist, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 2002), Quartet No. 2 (Winner, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 1998) and Airmail Edition with Falls House Press; and Sonata for Flute and Piano and Piece for Solo Piano with BKJ Publications. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Boston Symphony Hall.
As a music educator, Mr. Kikuchi has been directing Soul Sauce, the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, for thirteen years, and he provides opportunities to young musicians to learn both performing with harmony in a group and developing their individual voices through jazz music. He joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2017.
Megan Roy graduated with a BM in Music Education from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music where she studied classical trombone under Timothy Conner and performed with the Frost Wind Ensemble under the direction of Gary Green. At U Miami, she was recognized as Outstanding Graduating Senior and was inducted as a member of the Iron Arrow Society.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, Megan received a Fulbright grant to teach English and Music at Kazimierz Wielki University in Poland. She worked with instrumental and vocal students at the university's school of music teaching small ensembles and private lessons.
Upon returning to the United States, Megan received her MM in Jazz Studies & Performance from William Paterson University where she focused on jazz voice, trombone, and jazz vocal arranging. She studied under Pete McGuinness and John Mosca, and published her thesis, Polish Jazz: An Analysis of Style and Meaning in Krzysztof Komeda's Astigmatic under the advising of Dr. Timothy Newman.
Megan taught in private and public schools in New Jersey for 2 years before returning to her home state of Massachusetts. She currently teaches choirs, beginning piano, and AP music theory at Wachusett Regional High School. Her goal is to help students build fundamental techniques so they can more freely express themselves through music. It is also her aim to make the learning process meaningful by relating other educational areas and cultural experiences through the study of music. She joined the Joy or Music faculty in the spring of 2018.
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.