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Wendy Ardizzone

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.  She also gained extensive experience as a collaborative pianist at Oberlin, serving as accompanist for many Student and Senior Recitals. 

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 the late George Seaman, cello.  She loves collaborating with faculty members and students at JOMP.  They keep her in touch with the joy of music and inspire her grant writing and other administrative activities!

Wendy was the 2002 recipient of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts’ Katharine Erskine Award in the Arts and Humanities.  She is a Corporator for Music Worcester and the YWCA of Central Mass.  The school was honored by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as the 2005 recipient of their Visions Award for Cultural Enrichment.  She founded Joy of Music in 1986.


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Maryanne Barnicle

Maryanne Barnicle received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy as well as a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The Hartt School of Music.  She holds a Master of Education Degree in Arts Education and a Fine Arts Director Certificate from Fitchburg State University.  She began teaching piano privately as a college student and has been teaching students of all ages for over 50 years.

For 25 years Mayanne taught music in the Canton Connecticut Public Schools, serving as   K-12 Music Department Chair for 10 of those years.  She was piano accompanist for recitals, choruses, musical theatre groups and Connecticut Regional and All-State Music Festivals and also served as organist for churches in Canton and Simsbury.

The Canton Chamber of Commerce also named Maryanne Educator of the Year in 1999. In 2003, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Clubs International in Canton.  She is listed in Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.  Maryanne joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2013.

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Cindy Bizzarro

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 and has been teaching recorder and piano here ever since.

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Ilana Joyce Cady

Ilana graduated with a Master’s of Music in piano performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College; May 2017, under the direction of Leslie Amper. During her time at Longy she has performed at Pickman Hall, Sanders Theater at Harvard University, and the Dante Allegheri Society in Cambridge.  She has collaborated with Longy's Side by Side El Sistema program and the Boston Cello quartet. Being involved with Longy’s chamber program, Ilana has had the privilege to work extensively with Robert Merfeld.

She has performed solo and chamber works for the master classes of Peter Serkin, Frank Levy, Denis Kozhukhin, Wayman Chin, Randall Hodgkinson, Roland and Almita Vamos, Ming Feng Hsin and Wen Qian, Jennifer Koh, and Dylana Jenson.

Recently Ilana embarked on a collaborative journey by co-founding, Table for Two | A Piano Duo, with fellow pianist Linda Chavez.  The duo debuted in Graz, Austria at the Styriarte festival as winners of the Lunchkonzerte competition.  They have also toured in Texas, Vermont and Massachusetts. They have been invited to attend a Teaching Artist at the Lincoln Center in NYC, summer 2017. 

Ilana graduated Summa Cum Laude, from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, May 2015 with her BMUS in Piano Performance. She spent time during the summer of 2014 at Brevard Music Institute studying with Jihye Chang. 

She graduated with distinction, as a JN Andrews Scholar from the Andrews University Honors program and in 2014 she completed her undergraduate honors thesis, “A Composition Project: An Original 12-tone Fugue Modeled after J.S. Bach’s BWV 847” and was awarded a research scholarship from the Earhart Foundation Emerging Scholars Program. She presented the project at multiple conferences in the Michigan area. Ilana was a winner of the 2012 and 2014 Young Artist Competition at Andrews University, and performed MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Larghetto Calmato and Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 Maestoso respectively, with the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra.  She joined the JOMP faculty in July of 2017.

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Mary Casey

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.

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Jung-Yi Alice Hsieh Daugherty

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. 

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Kallin Johnson

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.

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Sanghee Kim

Sanghee 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, Sanghee 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. Sanghee Kim has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003.

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Olga Pineda

Olga Pineda has a Bachelor's Degree both in Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) with Violin and Piano as her principal instruments; and Marketing Management. Also, she has earned her Master of Science in Marketing. Olga was a member of the First Violin Section of the only national orchestra in the Philippines, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, she was a pioneer member of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble under the leadership of David Johnson.  Currently, Olga is a member of the New England Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Roderick MacDonald.   Olga has been teaching the violin and piano since 1988 and taught at Joy of Music from 2004 through 2010.  We are delighted to welcome her back to the faculty as of September 2016.

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Alanna Rantala

Alanna (Battat) Rantala holds degrees from University of CA, Davis (B.A. Music) and New England Conservatory (M.M. Piano Performance) where she studied with renowned pianist Leonard Shure. She has performed in several cities throughout the US, as well as London and Australia. She has been on the faculties of Boston’s Community Music Center, Brookline’s Yamaha Music School, Fitchburg State College, and was a vocal accompanist for Holy Cross College. She recorded “Winter Music” by John Cage in 1991 for MODE records.

While living in Northern CA for the past 13 years and raising her 2 boys, Alanna maintained a private piano studio and held recitals several times a year. She did freelance performing, including collaborative piano and the US premiere of “Serpents” by George Antheil. Alanna enjoys her hobby of composing, and in 2016 she released her first solo CD of original piano music, titled "Recognize", available on Spotify, iTunes, etc.

Alanna is passionate about teaching and has worked with students of all ages and levels. Her main goal for her students is to enjoy playing while developing a lifetime love for music.  Alanna happily returned to JOMP in the summer of 2019, after teaching here from 1990-2000!

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Kevin Song

Kevin Song received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory in May 2018.There he studied with piano faculty Marian Hahn, while studying collaborative piano and chamber music with Seth Knopp and Alexander Shtarkman. As part of his pedagogy internship, he was able to receive valuable advising and evaluation for his piano teaching from co-director of the Peabody Preparatory Piano Academy Hyun-Sook Park and chair of music education Laura Parker.

Kevin studied piano with Shou-Ping Chiu before pursuing his B.A. in Music and Minor in Biology from Stony Brook University on a full presidential scholarship. It was halfway through his undergraduate studies when he made the decision to set aside the pre-medical track for a full-time pursuit of his passion for music. This was in no small part due to inspiration from his teachers at Stony Brook – artist-in-residency Pablo Lavandera, as well as pianists Michael James Smith and Elizabeth Dorman. He has since aspired to show the enormous yet subtle value of music through both his performing and teaching.

He has been the winner of several competitions including the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition and the upper division of Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation Competition. As a winner of the Stony Brook Undergraduate Concerto Competition, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Stony Brook University Orchestra in November 2014. He has performed twice at Carnegie Hall: solo in Weill Hall, and later with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. Festivals he has attended include the Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival as well as the Oyster Bay Summer Music Festival on a full scholarship, and he has played for masterclasses taught by Christina Dahl and Pippa Borisy.  Kevin joined the Joy of Music Faculty in the summer of 2018.

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