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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 Joyce Cady graduated with a Master’s of Music in piano performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College in 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.

Ilana graduated Summa Cum Laude from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, in 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. 

Ilana is also involved as a staff pianist for Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Dance Division, Boston Ballet School, and the Pre Professional Program of Boston Ballet School and Walnut Hill. She is the collaborative pianist for Worcester Children’s Choir, and the pianist for South Lancaster Academy’s concert and traveling choir, Il Voce. Ilana is the pianist for Symphony Pro Musica under the direction of Mark Churchill. 

Currently Ilana is working on a collaborative project with flutist, Gabriela Alvarado. They are working on their second concert program, Volvere, featuring works by Latin and Black Women composers. Ilana and Gaby strive to highlight music of the marginalized, in order to expand audiences' experiences with this music and spark conversation around these composers. The first program, Of Water and Clouds, featured French music by women and contemporary composer Elena Ruehr. Gaby and Ilana used this concert to spread awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, of which Gaby is surviving. 

Ilana is the recent third place winner of the international collaborative piano competition hosted by the Puerto Rico Center for Collaborative Piano, for her collaboration with flutist Ethan Lin. This is her second international award, the first being with her piano duo, Table for Two, through the Styriate festival in Graz, Austria. 

When not at the piano you can find Ilana in the garden cultivating dahlias, or with her beagle, Ivy Ives. She joined the JOMP faculty in July 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:  In May 2018, Kevin received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied piano with Marian Hahn and collaborative piano and chamber music with Alexander Shtarkman and Seth Knopp. During his pedagogy internship, his advisors were co-director of the Peabody Preparatory Piano Academy, Hyun-Sook Park, and chair of music education, Laura Parker.

As an adolescent Kevin studied piano with Shou-Ping Chiu. He later pursued his BA in Music with a minor in Biology from Stony Brook University on full scholarship. It was halfway through his undergraduate studies when he decided to set aside the pre-medical track for a full-time pursuit of a career in music. This was in no small part due to inspiration from his teacher at Stony Brook, artist-in-residence Pablo Lavandera.

Kevin 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: as soloist in Weill Hall and later with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. Kevin has participated in the Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival and the Oyster Bay Summer Music Festival, performing in masterclasses taught by Christina Dahl and Pippa Borisy.  He also teaches at the Worcester Music Academy as well as for the Pianoberries Studio in Brookline, MA.  Kevin joined the Joy of Music Faculty in the summer of 2018.

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Yundu Wang

Yundu Wang is a Chinese-American classical pianist based in the Worcester and Boston areas. Equally passionate about solo, collaborative, and chamber music, Yundu has performed throughout the U.S., U.K., and Europe. She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Yellow Barn Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Aspen Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. As a soloist, Yundu has won top prizes at the Honors Competition at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, among others.

Yundu is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Vivian Weilerstein and Hung-Kuan Chen, and was recently awarded a Doctor of Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, U.K. Her supervisors include Ronan O’Hora, Martin Roscoe, Dr. Cormac Newark, and Dr. Elinor Payne (University of Oxford).

As a teacher, Yundu enjoys working with students of all ages, from complete beginners to college-level performers. She loves cultivating joy, interest, and growth in her students. Yundu joined the Joy of Music Faculty in the summer of 2021. 

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