Recorder Lessons

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 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.

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Jerry Bellows

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.

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