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 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 and Voice 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.
With humble origins from rural Massachusetts, saxophonist and composer Andrew Bedard’s passion for teaching and performing music drove him straight into the Boston music scene from an early age. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from the New England Conservatory where he had the opportunity to learn from jazz masters Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Frank Carlberg, Miguel Zenon, Billy Hart, Ted Reichman, and John McNeil. Since his studies, he has continued to play music specializing in a variety of improvisational styles.
Sharing his music with schools, healthcare settings, homeless shelters, and more, Andrew is deeply involved in the community. Recently, he attended the Virginia Arts Festival as a guest artist and spends much of his time tutoring young, up-and-coming musicians at the Boston Latin Academy (Boston) and St. Patrick Academy (Providence).
Andrew’s uniquely understated tone makes him a supportive sideman, while giving his own music a distinctive sound. He is the saxophonist for the highly-rated wedding band, Protege, and frequently performs at venues including the Newport Jazz Festival, Wally’s Jazz Cafe, the Lily Pad in Cambridge, Boston Symphony Hall, and WICN Radio in Worcester occasionally sharing the bandstand with revered musicians such as Chris Brubeck, Jerry Sabatini, Miguel Zenon, Jerry Bergonzi, Grammy-nominated vocalist Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, and Dave Holland. Andrew, an alumnus of Joy of Music’s Jazz Ensemble program, joined the faculty in January 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hailed by the Boston Globe as “the real deal, [a bandleader] that looks and sounds like the 1940s,” Dan Gabel is a trombonist, arranger, bandleader, historian, and educator. He formed his first band in the eighth grade and has dedicated his life and career to promoting quality live music. Gabel leads several of his own musical groups, including Dan Gabel and The Abletones (authentic 18-piece Big Band), The High Society Orchestra (11-piece Hot Dance of the Roaring 20s), plus various smaller groups and a Brass Quintet.
He has recorded and produced seven full-length albums, two video stage shows, and appears on countless other recordings. In 2017, Dan Gabel was chosen as the musical director of the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, and created The Vaughn Monroe Show, 24-piece production transporting audiences to the 1940s.
A busy sideman, Gabel has toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for over a year, as well as with the Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, and Hal McIntyre Orchestras. He recently has been featured twice at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Newport Mansions “Art Deco Festival,” and as Music Director for several regional musicals.
Considered an expert on jazz, big bands, and the Great American Songbook, Gabel has lectured at colleges, universities, radio programs, scholar programs, and special events across the country including at Harvard, MIT, Clark, and Indiana University. Since 2014 he has served as the President and CEO of the American Big Band Preservation Society.
Dan Gabel holds two bachelor’s degrees from UMass Amherst in Political Science and in Jazz History through BDIC (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration) Commonwealth Honors College. He received a master’s degree from New England Conservatory in trombone performance. As an educator, Gabel returned to his high school alma mater in 2014 and served six years as the Music Department Director at Holy Name High School until 2020. He also founded and directs the Jazz Program at Worcester Youth Orchestras, Inc. Dan Gabel is currently working on a biography and a musical on bandleader Vaughn Monroe. He looks forward to a career of preserving, promoting, and performing music for audiences everywhere. Dan joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2021.
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.
Dianne Spoto has enjoyed an exciting career in the music industry for over 25 years, spanning a myriad of genres and styles. A classically trained flutist, Ms. Spoto has also succeeded as a pop singer-songwriter, music journalist, and recording industry executive.
A Syracuse, New York native, Ms. Spoto holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance and Mannes College of Music in New York City. Her renowned teachers included Julius Baker, Paula Robison, Leone Buyse, and Judith Mendenhall.
Ms. Spoto performs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, and the Eglevsky Ballet. She has performed with symphonies, chamber ensembles, and as soloist in concert halls around the country, including New York City’s Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. Ms. Spoto is a winner of the Syracuse Symphony Young Artist Competition, and two-time finalist in the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston. She has appeared on MTV, VH1, CBS and NBC News both as a performing artist and as a music journalist.
Ms. Spoto has previously taught at Long Island School of Music, Lucy Moses School of Music, and St. Thomas Boys Choir School. Incorporating a systematic teaching method resulting in a high level of success in student festivals and competitions, students are drawn to her inspiring, encouraging teaching style and infectious enthusiasm. Ms. Spoto joined the Joy of Music flute and Early Childhood Music and Movement faculty in the fall of 2021.
- Move & Groove Ages: 3 & 4 year olds
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.
Vlad Vaskevich, a clarinet and saxophone performer, music educator, and arranger received his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet from the internationally-known Stolyarsky School of Music for Talented Youth and his Master of Music degree in Clarinet from Odessa State Conservatory, where he studied clarinet performance with Professor Kalio Muhlberg.
While studying classical music, Vlad developed a particular interest in jazz. In the Worcester area, he was one of the ArtsWorcester Jazz Ensemble founders, and his name is included in the Jazz Worcester Real Book and “Worcester Jazz History Tree.” Vlad has been professionally performing concerts of popular classical and jazz music throughout New England for many years. At Joy of Music, Vlad has performed multi-genre faculty recitals, consisting of classical music for clarinet for the first half and jazz music for saxophone for the second. His recitals have featured collaborations with such great educators and performers as Wendy Ardizzone, Jerri Sabatini, Rich Ardizzone, Mike Connors, Kallin Johnson, Joe D’Angelo, Thaddeus Bell, and Gerry Wilfong.
An energetic and devoted teacher, Vlad takes great pride in his students’ achievements. Every year his students have performed in the Massachusetts Central District and All-State Festival Concerts, some of them as the principal players. His students also participated in the NEC Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, the Boston, Worcester, and Joy of Music Youth Symphony Orchestras. Several of his students are winners of Young Artist Competitions and have performed their solo programs with symphony orchestras in concerts.
Vlad has been a faculty member at the Performing Arts School of Worcester, Clark University, and the John Hopkins University National Center for Talented Youth. Currently, Vlad teaches clarinet and saxophone at the Artists in Residence program at Wachusett Regional School District and the Cape Conservatory (since 2014). He continues to teach at his private studio in Holden. Vlad has been on the Joy of Music faculty since 2006.
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.