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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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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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