Aaron Packard holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook, both in Violin Performance. He has served as concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra and the Round Top Music Festival Orchestra in Texas. In addition to maintaining a private studio in the Bloomfield-West Hartford area, Aaron has served as adjunct professor of violin and viola at the Hartt School of Music Community Division. He is a member of the New England Piano Trio, Cuatros Puntos String Quartet, and Praxis, an experimental ensemble based in New York City. Aaron currently teaches at the Groton School and has been a member of Joy of Music's faculty since 2010.
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Reginald Pineda earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Sto. Thomas in Manila. He came to the United States in 1994 and entered the Boston Conservatory, where he studied violin with Lynn Chang, Victor Romanul, and Bonnie Bewick Brown and Chamber Music with Patricia McCarty, Andrew Mark and Ronald Feldman. After receiving a Graduate Performance Certificate from the Conservatory in 1997, Regie returned to the Phillipines. For the next five years, he served on the faculty of the University of Sto. Thomas and as Principal second violinist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a founding member and principal violinist of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble under the leadership of flutist David Johnson.
Regie is currently a member of the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Eleva Chamber Players, and performs frequently throughout New England. He has been on the faculty at Joy of Music since 2004, and is currently music director at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster.
Caroline Reiner-Williams completed her undergraduate degree in cello performance at the age of 19. Prior to accepting a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Longy School of Music, she toured Canada, England, France, Russia, Spain and Portugal as a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Boston Youth Symphony. At 21, she received her Master of Music degree in cello performance with an emphasis in cello pedagogy .
An experienced performer as well as a widely sought-after teaching artist, Caroline is passionate about both aspects of her career. She is active throughout New England as a chamber and orchestral musician, and performs regularly with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, with whom she is associate principal. Recently, she has served as sub for the Lexington Symphony. In 2009, stemming from a deep love of chamber music, Caroline founded the Nashaway Trio with husband and violinist Angel Hernandez, and pianist Roy Imperio. The group gave its premiere performance on the Beveridge Webster Recital Series in Hanover, NH, and continues to perform together on a regular basis. Caroline and her husband are faculty artists at the Northern Essex Community College Summer Chamber Music Festival.
A faculty member at Joy of Music since 2009, Caroline is also on the faculty at Indian Hill Music in Littleton, is adjunct music faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and teaches in the Shrewsbury Public Schools Instrumental Program. Past teaching positions include adjunct faculty at the Fay School in Southborough, Brooks School in North Andover, and the Bancroft School and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. Caroline and her husband live in Holden with their two children.
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.
Dr. Tien earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees and Performer's Certificate in cello performance with Paul Katz at the Eastman School of Music, and her D.M.A. in cello performance with Dennis Parker at Louisiana State University. She has premiered and recorded works written for her, including Cello Concerto by Dinos Constandinides; Himalaya Capriccio by Tian Lian-Tao; and Second Sonata for Cello and Piano by John Sichel. JOMP was honored that Ning gave the world premiere of a work written for her on her Faculty Recital in May, 2009 - Siren Nadamide’s “Zodiac with Twelve Animals” for cello and piano. Dr Tien has made solo and chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as in Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Rome, Athens, Vienna and Beijing. In 2009, she performed with the Holy Cross Theatre Department in a production of the gamelan opera “Mimpi” at the 31st Bali Arts Festival.
Before moving to New England, Dr. Tien served on the faculties of Hastings College (NE), Kean University (NJ) and Columbus State University (GA). She was a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and co-principal cellist with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra. Ning has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003 and also serves on the faculties of Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Fitchburg State University and Keene Community Music Center in Keene NH. She is the founder and a member of the New England Piano Trio with Aaron Packard, violin and Kristjon Imperio, piano. For more information about Dr. Tien, see her website at celloandstrings.net