Kenji Kikuchi, composer, saxophonist and music educator, has appeared as a performer internationally, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Joshua Redman, Richard Davis, Abraham Laboriel, Jr., Greg Hopkins and Joe Hunt. He is an active performer in the style of classical and jazz on not only his primary instrument, saxophone, but also on flute and clarinet.
Mr. Kikuchi is also an accomplished composer of contemporary classical music. He had several of his works premiered, including Overture for Orchestra and Saxophone Concerto by the Quincy Symphony; Marimba Concerto and Prelude for Orchestra by the Melrose Symphony; and Cape Ann Overture by the Cape Ann Symphony. He has also published Astronomy I, II (Finalist, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 2002), Quartet No. 2 (Winner, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 1998) and Airmail Edition with Falls House Press; and Sonata for Flute and Piano and Piece for Solo Piano with BKJ Publications. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Boston Symphony Hall.
As a music educator, Mr. Kikuchi has been directing Soul Sauce, the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, for thirteen years, and he provides opportunities to young musicians to learn both performing with harmony in a group and developing their individual voices through jazz music. He joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2017.
Dianne Spoto has enjoyed an exciting career in the music industry for over 25 years, spanning a myriad of genres and styles. A classically trained flutist, Ms. Spoto has also succeeded as a pop singer-songwriter, music journalist, and recording industry executive.
A Syracuse, New York native, Ms. Spoto holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance and Mannes College of Music in New York City. Her renowned teachers included Julius Baker, Paula Robison, Leone Buyse, and Judith Mendenhall.
Ms. Spoto performs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, and the Eglevsky Ballet. She has performed with symphonies, chamber ensembles, and as soloist in concert halls around the country, including New York City’s Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. Ms. Spoto is a winner of the Syracuse Symphony Young Artist Competition, and two-time finalist in the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston. She has appeared on MTV, VH1, CBS and NBC News both as a performing artist and as a music journalist.
Ms. Spoto has previously taught at Long Island School of Music, Lucy Moses School of Music, and St. Thomas Boys Choir School. Incorporating a systematic teaching method resulting in a high level of success in student festivals and competitions, students are drawn to her inspiring, encouraging teaching style and infectious enthusiasm. Ms. Spoto joined the Joy of Music flute and Early Childhood Music and Movement faculty in the fall of 2021.
- Move & Groove Ages: 3 & 4 year olds
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.