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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 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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Sarah Callinan

Soprano Sarah Callinan is an internationally recognized performer of opera and musical theatre. Some favorite roles include: Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Carolina, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Arizona Opera, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and the title role in La Fille du Régiment with Connecticut Concert Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Amina (La Sonnambula) at Salt Marsh Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with Cape Cod Opera. She sang the role of Blondie in the “Star Trek” production of The Abduction from the Seraglio with Salt Marsh Opera, appeared in the Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca as Veronique with Abilene Opera, and sang the role of Marianne in The New Moon and Helen de Vazquez in Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York. Arecording of Orange Blossoms was released in 2015 on the Albany Records label.

Locally she has performed Adele in Die Fledermaus with VOX New England at Mechanics Hall, she leads the Moon Maids vocal group as part of the Vaughn Monroe Show, and she was honored to perform for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s inaugural ball. She is a frequent guest soloist with Dan Gabel and The Abletones (an authentic 18-piece Big Band) and is featured on their latest album By the Fireside. Upcoming performances include a return to VOX New England as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as the Sanibel Music Festival with Opera Theater of Connecticut for Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber: Superstar of Song and Stage.

Among her many concert performances, she has performed as soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem with The Chorus of Westerly; Hayden’s Creation with Capella Cantorum; Samson, Carmina Burana, and Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Falmouth Chorale; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore as well as Faure’s Requiem with the Farmington Valley Chorale, and has appeared in several concert events with the Hartford Symphony and the Sanibel Music Festival. Last season, she sang with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra for both their Holiday Concert and their Magically Mozart Concert in the Park. She also performed with the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Worcester Jazz Ensemble for their Annual Holiday Concert at Mechanics Hall.

Ms. Callinan made her first international appearance after winning the Jenny Lind Competition, which included a recital tour in Sweden. She is a 2009 and 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional Finalist and was also awarded first prize in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, first prize winner and winner of the “Most Promising Coloratura” award in the Amici Competition with Opera Theater of Connecticut, a finalist in the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition, finalist in the Mezzo Opera Competition in Szeged, Hungary and most recently, won second prize at the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition.

Ms. Callinan, a native of Worcester, MA, attended the Hartt School of Music, graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Performer’s Certificate in Voice. In addition to her performance schedule, she is also the Choral Director and private voice instructor at her alma mater, Holy Name High School.  We are delighted to welcome her to the faculty in 2020.

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Betty Ann Perez

Betty Ann Perez earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston Conservatory of Music in Applied Voice, cum laude, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College. She has studied voice with Neva Rego, Iride Pilla, and Matilda Protano. Betty Ann has performed and recorded opera, patriotic, church, and popular music in Massachusetts, New York, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Ms. Perez was a music educator and vocal consultant for the Magnet Music Program at Burncoat Middle School for 20 years and the vocal consultant for the Magnet Music Program at Burncoat High School for 17 years.  We were delighted to welcome her to the JOMP faculty ion 2020.

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Jane Shivick

Soprano Jane Shivick, an accomplished singer, is equally at home in opera, oratorio, concert, and recital. As a soloist, she has performed with several orchestras and choruses throughout the New England area including the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Keith Lockhart, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica, New World Chorale, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra.

As a National Winner in the renowned Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Shivick was awarded a debut performance and NPR broadcast at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the baton of Sir Charles MacKerras.  She has furthered her vocal studies at the Aspen Music Festival as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center and toured with Sherrill Milnes and Friends as a member of the V.O.I.C.Experience Program in Orlando, FL which brought the first-ever opera outreach program to Walt Disney World (Epcot). 

Ms. Shivick has been teaching privately and conducting masterclasses for many years. She previously taught voice as an adjunct faculty member at Clark University and for several years was the Director of Chapel Choirs/Principal Cantor in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College. Ms. Shivick’s students continue to be accepted to some of the most prestigious vocal performance and musical theatre programs in the U.S. and Canada. Her students perform with regional opera companies, theatre festivals, professional choruses, popular summer voice programs, as well as with college & youth theatre production companies.

Ms. Shivick is a graduate of Assumption College and has furthered her studies at The Hartt School at The University of Hartford. She is a prize winner of the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and the Rhode Island Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition. Her mentors include sopranos Jane Eaglen, Maria Spacagna, and Ruth Falcon. Please visit Ms. Shivick’s website at www.janeshivick.com.  We are delighted she joined the JOMP Faculty in 2020.

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Christina White

Christina White: A long time voice teacher, Christina has also performed with choruses, small ensembles, and theater groups throughout the New England region.  Her favorite roles include Mother in Amahl & the Night Visitors and Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  She performed solos in such works as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Mass in D, Handel's Messiah, Rutter’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Eleanor Daly’s Requiem. She currently sings with the Festival Choir at First Unitarian Church of Worcester. As a founding member of The Downhill Players theater group, she also performs in cabaret and coffee house shows.  

Christina was the Youth Singers Director and resident Vocal Coach at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, MA for many years.  She also managed the vocal intern program there, providing training and performance opportunities for promising teenage vocalists. She served as music director at Calliope Theater in Boylston for their critically acclaimed productions of “Lucky Stiff” and “She Loves Me.” As the director of Post Road Chorus, she won the Barbara K. Farrell Novice Director award, given to promising new directors in the Sweet Adelines International Organization.

Christina's unique background helps her train successful singers. A proud geek, Christina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master's Certificate through Berklee College of Music. Her science and engineering training help her understand the science of singing. She has expanded her vocal science knowledge through her yearly trips to the Acoustical Vocal Pedagogy Workshops at New England Conservatory.  Her performance career and choral directing background help her understand the more ethereal aspects of vocal performance, allowing her to express them more concretely to her students. She blends artistry, experience, and technology to help her students uncover their best singer.  We welcomed Christina to the JOMP faculty in 2020.

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