Cello Lessons

Betsy Bronstein

Betsy Bronstein received her BM in Cello performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.  She holds both an MMA and DMA in Cello from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Her teachers have included Gabor Rejto, Yuan Tung, Timothy Eddy, Bernard Greenhouse, and Henri Honneger.  She studied Suzuki Teacher Training with Sally Gross.

Betsy has performed as a member of the Boston Philharmonic, and Symphony Pro Musica.  For over 10 years, she was the cellist for Aequalis, a trio she co-founded which commissioned, premiered and recorded works by American composers. Aequalis presented 50 concerts per season nationwide at universities, on concert series and as soloists with the Phoenix, Honolulu and New Hampshire Symphonies. The group can be heard on New World Records.   

Betsy also worked for Johnson String Instrument company for 2.5 years, where she oversaw cello quality control. She performs Jazz and folk music on violin and cello with Samuel Politz.  Betsy joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2014.  She also teaches at The Worcester Music Academy, and maintains a private studio in her home.


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Caroline Reiner-Williams

Caroline Reiner-Williams enjoys a busy schedule as both performing and teaching artist, as well as arts administrator. Prior to earning her master’s degree in music performance and pedagogy from the Longy School of Music, Ms. Reiner-Williams toured the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe as a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Boston Youth Symphony. Today she is active throughout New England as a chamber and orchestral musician, performing regularly with the Nashaway Piano Trio and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. In addition to serving on the faculty at Indian Hill Music, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the Shrewsbury Public Schools, Ms. Reiner-Williams was recently appointed Program Director at Worcester’s Joy of Music Program. She joined the JOMP faculty in 2010.

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Timothy Terranella

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. 


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Dr. Ning Tien

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's students are award recipients at: Canadian Royal Conservatory Music development Program, Level 10 Strings, Gold Medal, National Youth Orchestra, Co-Principal, National Youth Orchestra 2, Principal, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso Rome, Grand Prize, Crescendo International Music Competition, USA, Top Prize, Bay State Contest, Top Prize, Music Teachers National Association Quad State Conference, Presenter, Music Educator Associations of MA, NH, GA All State Festival Orchestra, as well as Senior and Junior District Festival Orchestras.  Ning has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003.   For more information about Dr. Tien, see her website at celloandstrings.net

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