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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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Halla Kalmansson

Halla Kalmansson, a native of Leominster, received her early training from Gregorio Rangel at New England Conservatory’s Prep Division.  During that time she performed as soloist with the NEC Youth Chorus in Jordan Hall.  For many years Halla was a featured soloist with the Youth Ensemble of New England and “Rose, Thorn and Fiddle.”  Both groups toured nationally and internationally.

Halla went on to earn her Bachelor or Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with Dr. Mary Schiller.  In 2015, while at CIM, Halla placed second in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.  In 2016, she won CIM’s Pauline Thesmacher Award for vocal and musical excellence and placed third in the NATS competition.   Major student opera roles included Héro (Beatrice et Bénédict), First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Oberto (Alcina, cover).  Opera Scenes roles included Marcelline (Fidelio), Gretel (Christopher Columbus), and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld).

Over the past several seasons Halla has been in demand locally as soprano soloist for oratorios including Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat (D Major), Vivaldi's Gloria and John Rutter's Gloria. In June of 2016 she was invited to perform the U.S. premier of composer Amy Barlowe’s Magnificat with Akron Baroque (Ohio).  Halla has been teaching voice and piano privately for ten years and joined the Joy of Music Faculty in 2017.

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