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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts Schools

Mission: At the heart of JOMP’s mission “to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance” is our extraordinary Financial Aid Program, which makes it possible for students in need of assistance to study with our outstanding faculty ~ 32% of our students receive partial to full financial aid.

Results: Over $1.6 million in Financial Aid has been awarded to over 1,000 students since our inception. Students whose families could not afford to pay for lessons and classes are now making music as adults, some are music teachers and professional classical, jazz, pop and orchestral musicians. $140,780 in financial aid was awarded in FY2016. The goal for FY2017 is $147,000.

Target demographics: All ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 530

Geographic areas served: Central Massachusetts

Programs: A nonprofit community music school founded in 1986, Joy of Music (JOMP) offers private instrumental and voice lessons, an exciting choice of classes, highly regarded classical and jazz ensembles programs, and a vibrant Youth Sinfonietta and Youth Orchestra. Children, teens and adults at all levels of ability experience a musical community that is supportive, non-competitive and inspiring. JOMP contributes richly to Worcester’s cultural vitality through outreach programs, student community performances, faculty performances in the Worcester Public Schools and our Faculty Concert Series. The new 200-seat Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Concert Hall, located inside the Joy of Music Program's facility on Gorham Street, is a major upgrade to the program’s former performance space. The carefully detailed architectural and acoustical features and extremely low background sound in the space provides an excellent environment for both performers and listeners.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Hermes B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The philosophy of the Joy of Music Program makes the kids love music and develop their artistic creativity.

The quality of the faculty is not only outstanding in terms of musical knowledge, but they use also empathy with the students in their pedagogy. As well the staff is very professional, respectful and sweet :) ... I'm impressed how much great activities they can present per year with just a few personnel.

I have interacted with some universities and schools in different countries and the commitment, passion, and vision of Mrs. Wendy and Mr. Rich are totally out of the chart. The joy for music they feel comes directly from their hearts with limitless and unconditional love, contagious to every one that surround them.

Specifically for my family, we are very very very thankful for all the donors that make possible the the scholarship and financial aid program. The talent of my son, Max, for drums had a tremendous boost thanks to the dedication of his tutor Mike. Without this scholarship wouldn't be possible take advantage of his effort; as well with Mrs. Nan in the children's chorus.

JOMP is a community valid to present as paradigm to be emulated in all states and abroad.

Eternal gratitude to all the team, Stacy, Sue, Anne, etc, that makes JOMP a second family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an extraordinary community music school JOMP is! I have been sending my child to JOMP for the past 9 years for private instrument instruction as well as for various ensemble activities ranging from small scale string ensembles to full sized orchestra. What makes this music school so special is the vision and philosophy of Wendy and Rich on which the school is based, and the way in which they realize their ideals. Over the years I have seen their ideals being implemented through their very careful selection of wonderful teachers, through the way in which they organize and structure various ensemble groups, through their very generous financial aid programs, and through their many fund-raising efforts. As the result, what Wendy and Rich created in JOMP is not just a successful music school but rather an incredible community of students, teachers, parents and donors sharing the joy of music, and bonded though the joy of music. Without this special nurturing environment and the generous financial aid provided by JOMP, my child would not be the musician she is today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience here participating in the jazz ensembles and the orchestra. The private lessons that I had here were also outstanding and boosted my playing tremendously.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We raised our daughters on a very limited income, and the girls did not have television, cell phones or video games. But they did have music lessons, thanks to JOMP's generous financial aid. Between them, the girls took part in JOMP for more than 12 years, and every year we were offered financial aid. Both girls studied with wonderful, talented teachers, and were given chances to perform regularly. Our older girl eventually chose sports over music. But her younger sister blossomed playing the violin, I think particularly because of the opportunities JOMP offers to students, at a very young age, to join string ensembles. Our daughter loved playing with other musicians, and her participation in JOMSE and then JYO spanned 10 years, and most years she also played in a JOMP chamber group. She has gone on now to study violin in a college music program, but looks forward to returning as an alum to play with JYO in the annual Gala.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my daughter’s third year as a JOMP student. My husband and I have no background in music, so it is a *joy* to have faculty and staff provide such a rich learning and performing environment for her that is also welcoming to us. It’s a wonderful family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am turning 65 next month and may be the oldest or one of the older students at Joy of Music Program. I have been studying saxophone with Vlad Vaskevich for the past two years. I have also become involved with ensemble work with Rich Ardizzone. The experience has been very enriching. The quality of instruction has been top notch. I feel very challenged by the work and am often made to stretch my comfort zone to enhance my learning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Joy of Music Program is truly a gem. My son was plodding along with a very nice but uninspiring music teacher. We got a recommendation for a saxophone teacher at JOMP, and it *completely* changed my son's experience. Having an outstanding teacher who loves what he does - it made all of the difference. My son is now deeply engaging with music - loving it and having fun. Many thanks to Wendy, Rich, and all of the JOMP staff and teachers for making this possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I moved to Worcester in 1983, I served on the Worcester Cultural Commission. I was impressed when I read about JOMP then. I remain impressed today. My daughter has been a student at JOMP for the past four years. The cello training she receives is extraordinary, the environment is warm and welcoming, the opportunities to perform in the JOMP-a-thon are great. The encouragement JOMP gives students to perform outside of the school under the vigilance of their mentors is an addition strength. I think the founders, Wendy and Rich, are gifts to our community. This organization, with its lengthy track record, is a wonderful nonprofit organization, totally deserving of this award.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Joy of Music Program has been integral to my three children's music education. They each were able to explore a variety of instruments in a supportive, fun environment surrounded by dedicated adults who have devoted their lives to music and sharing that gift with the next generation. Whether it was starting out with Music and Movement or ORFF classes, or doing private lessons with recorder, violin, guitar or piano, we have had nothing but excellent experiences at The Joy of Music Program. It really is a lovely community where we look forward to seeing friends each week and we especially appreciate the friendly staff and the love and dedication that Rich and Wendy pour into their work, ensuring that music education is available to everyone.

Karla19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a warm and welcoming environment! Programs for every level and ability.