Brass & Winds Lessons

Nancy Ackerman

Nancy Helene Ackerman is a clarinetist, chamber coach, and music educator who lives and works in the Worcester area.  She has been a faculty member at the Joy of Music Program (JOMP) since 2008. She also teaches private music lessons at her home studio specializing in clarinet, flute, and saxophone.
Nancy received her B.S. in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, and a M.M. in Woodwind Performance at Boston University.  She has studied with Michael Webster, Stanley Gaulke, and while in Rennes, France with Charles Rouault.
Recent performances have included several programs of women composers for the clarinet, and lectures and recitals of the clarinet compositions of Walter Byron Mourant.  Nancy also performs frequently as a soloist for worship services throughout Massachusetts.
She enjoys working with her fellow musicians in faculty recitals hosted by the Joy of Music.  Programs have included Music of the German Romantics for soprano, clarinet, and piano; music for clarinet, viola, and piano; music for clarinet, violin, and piano; and most recently a program of French composers for flute, clarinet, and piano. 
Students of Nancy have participated in both Eastern and Central District Junior and Senior Bands and Orchestras as well as at the Massachusetts All-State Conference, some earning principal positions.  After high school, some of her students go on to major or minor in music in college, and many, while pursuing other degree programs, participate in musical organizations offered at their colleges and universities.
As a music educator, Nancy enjoys working with students of all ages and levels, and believes that music and art should be a part of everyone’s educational experience.   Click here to see Nancy's website:


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Richard Ardizzone

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.


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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. 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 has joined the faculty of Joy of Music as a Recorder teacher.

               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.

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Jerry Bellows

Jerry Bellows earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UMass Amherst and received an Orff-Schulwerk Certificate from UMass Lowell.  He taught instrumental music at St. Mark’s School of Southborough for sixteen years. His recorder studies include master classes at Amherst Early Music workshops with Pat Peterson, Dan Laurin, Saskia Coolen, and Mathias Maute. 

Jerry was on staff at the Early Music Shop of New England for six years.  During that time, he worked closely with Friedrich von Huene, engraving Mr. von Huene’s arrangement of  J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier for “recorders with or without keyboard or string instruments.”  It was published in June 2015 under the title “The Well-Tempered Recorder.”  

Jerry performs regularly as recorder soloist with the Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble, the Berlin Country Orchestra and the Carter Street Band.  He plays a von Huene “Rippert” alto recorder made of granadilla and a von Huene boxwood “Bressan” voice flute.  Jerry is a founding member of the Worcester Hills Recorder Society and previously served as Music Director for Summer Services at First Unitarian Church in Worcester.  He taught at JOMP in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s and rejoined the faculty in the fall of 2017.

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Stephanie Busby

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.

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Matthew Butterfield

Matthew Butterfield is a performer, reed maker, and teacher based in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. He was a member of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and has been a member of The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, The American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival Orchestra. Matthew has also played in the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Missouri. He has participated in several music festivals, such as the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and master classes with the Banff Summer Music program. He has also traveled to Milan to perform as a guest musician with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio and the Milano Musica Festival. 

Matthew holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He obtained his Master of Music degree from The University of Wisconsin, where he received the William Weilgus Award and the UW Oboe Performance Scholarship. Additionally, he was a winner in the annual Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition. Matthew also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Professional Performer's Certificate from The Pennsylvania State University, where he was a recipient of the Performer’s Recognition Award and the Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Excellence in Music Scholarship. His principal teachers are Margaret Marco, Marc Fink, and Timothy Hurtz.  He joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2019.

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Lucy Colwell

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.

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Alice Jung-Yi Hsieh Daugherty

Jung-Yi Alice Hsieh Daugherty, was born in Taipei, Taiwan.  She has won first prize in several international competitions including the Taipei, Jui-Shin and Sun Yat-Sen University competitions. She was a finalist in the 2009 Koussevitzky Young Artist Award Competition and a Prize Winner of the 2011 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition.

Jung-Yi received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National Sun Yat-Sen University.  She earned a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes School of Music in New York City where she studied with Judith Mendenhall.

Jung-Yi is an active member of several ensembles, including Ensemble 212, the Pocket Opera of New York, Aurista Chamber Music, Amore Opera Orchestra, NYC Duo, the Massachusetts Symphony and Claflin Hill Orchestra.  She is a substitute with the Cape Cod Symphony and has performed for Wicked on Broadway. Jung-Yi has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space in NYC, Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and Kaohsiung Culture Center in Taiwan.  She performed for the Consulate General of France, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in NYC, and at the Japan Cherry Blossom Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  As a chamber musician, Jung-Yi has performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Kaoschiung Cultural Arts Center in Taiwan, and Cerritos Performing Arts Center in California.

Jung-Yi, who goes by Alice, joined the faculty at Joy of Music in 2018. 

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Scott Daugherty

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.

Private Lessons: 

Justin Esiason

Justin Esiason graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and African-American Music Studies as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Before graduating University, he studied music education for a year. While studying trumpet under Professors Eric Berlin and Jeffrey Holmes, he surmised that many musical styles depend on, and are deepened by, a knowledge across all different genres.

His teachers include Chris Glanville, Chris Beaudry, Rob Raymond, Lucy Colwell, Tony D’Aveni, Eric Berlin, Jeffrey Holmes, Felipe Salles, Tom Giampietro, Fumi Tomita, and Cathy Jensen-Hole.

Justin is a professional trumpet player, having shared the stage with musicians such as Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, Aron Hodek, The JLS Experience, and Doobie Powell. Along with his many other engagements, he plays regularly in 30’s swing band Dan Gabel and the Abletones, as well as local wind ensemble The Valley Winds. Justin is also a professional music composer and arranger. He has written and arranged music for UMass Jazz Ensemble 1, UMass Trumpet Ensemble 1, and video game Project Borealis.

Justin grew up in Warren, MA and now lives in Worcester. He loves teaching and playing music in his community, and joined the Joy of Music Faculty in 2019.

Private Lessons: 

Kenji Kikuchi

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.


Private Lessons: 

Timothy Terranella

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; the New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Nashua, Massachusetts and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestras; Boston Bel Canto Opera; Boston Lyric Opera; 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, he currently teaches at the Groton School in Groton and Indian Hill Music School in Littleton. Tim has served on Joy of Music’s faculty since 1990. I n addition to teaching cello and flute, he is the conductor of the JOMP Youth Orchestra. 


Private Lessons: 

Vlad Vaskevich

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.

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Megan Roy Will

Megan Will 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.


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