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.
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 0f 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.
Jerry Bellows has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at UMass/Amherst and 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.
He worked on the staff of the Early Music Shop of New England for six years and 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” The work was published in June of 2015 under the title “The Well-Tempered Recorder”.
He performs regularly as recorder soloist with the “Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble” performing on a von Huene “Rippert” alto recorder made of grenadilla. Mr. Bellows is a founding member of the Worcester Hills Recorder Society and taught at Joy of Music in the late 1990's and early 2000's. He rejoined the JOMP Faculty in the fall of 2017.
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.
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.
Colton Ray Cox graduated in 2015 with distinction from The University of Georgia with a Master of Music degree in oboe performance. As a fellow with the graduate woodwind quintet,Southern Winds, he performed many outreach recitals for Georgia schools in an effort to educate young musicians. During his time at UGA, Mr. Cox served as principal oboe in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, receiving the Director’s Excellence Award in 2014. Recently, he was featured with the prestigious ARCO chamber orchestra performing Bach's BrandenburgConcerto No. 1. He also took second prize in the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Competition, performing Mozart's Oboe Concerto with The Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Cox has performed with orchestras across the southeast including Charleston and Chattanooga symphonies, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Additionally, he recorded for documentaries, ballets, soundtracks, TV features, and was featured in the dedication recording music for the Billy Graham Center at The University of Northwestern in Minnesota. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Cox served as rotating principal oboe in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and was featured with the New Music Ensemble on tour, performing Skrowaczewski’s Fantasie per Sei. In addition to his academic pursuits, Mr. Cox was second oboist in the St. Cloud and Wayzata Symphonies, and performed with Pavia Wind Quintet.
Currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate, he is studying under James Austin Smith of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Stony Brook University where he is a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Chamber Players, and Long Island Baroque Ensemble. Mr. Cox maintains an active teaching studio and has adjudicated high school and middle school music festivals, including JanFest and MidFest in Georgia. In 2014, he returned as an alumnus to The MasterWorks Festival where he received the C. David Oboe Fellowship and performed on the Honors Chamber Recital (’11, ’12, ’14). Mr. Cox has performed in masterclasses with Robert Atherholt, Nancy Ambrose King, and Linda Strommen, and his primary teachers include John Snow, Pedro Diaz, Reid Messich, Andrea Fedele, and Julie Madura. He joined the JOMP faculty in the fall of 2017.
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.