I have been a board member for about 10 years. Wendy Ardizzone had a wonderful vision which is reflected in the school's mission. She and Rich are extraordinarily talented and energetic musicians and administrators which has resulted in them fulfilling that mission for many years now under challenging financial constraints. Worcester is very lucky to have the school.
I've had children attend the school, have served on the board, and have taken lessons (group jazz improvisation) and so have seen all aspects of JOMP has it has grown from a couple of classes in a church basement to a full-blown community music schools that purchased its own building and serves about 500 students. JOMP is a top-notch community music school that provides excellent music instruction capitalizing on students' natural curioities and talents to lead them along whatever musical path they choose to take. The fact that many JOMP graduates have gone on to careers in music is a testament to the quality of instruction; but an equal testament is the sheer number who wind up making music a part of their life. The administrators, Wendy and Rich Ardizzone, take great care in assisting students in the choice of teachers and ensembles, and they have assembled a faculty that is simpatico with their goal of making music a natural part of childrens' lives. The commitment to financial aid -- about $100,000 annually for a school with a budget of around $700,000 -- speaks of JOMP's commitment to all sectors of the community. This school is a cultural gem that deserves support.
The Joy of Music Program provides outstanding music education and creates community for people of all ages who love music. I've been a Board member off and on for many years, and I see first-hand the perseverance, effort, talent and administrative acumen demonstrated by the Directors and staff that keep the school going. I am so grateful to them for their commitment which sustains the school on a daily basis. The musicianship and sheer love of music among the students at JOMP is truly inspiring. The faculty are consistently excellent, passionate, and compassionate with their students: it is no wonder the students thrive and grow both musically and personally during their time at JOMP. I feel that JOMP is a national treasure that deserves the support and admiration of everyone who believes in the power of music to transform and improve our lives.
I have known The Joy of Music Program by reputation in the community for the 20 years of it's existence. If you wanted the very best music learning experience for yourself or your children, it has been the place to go. Although I haven't had the chance to enjoy it's music classes yet (still hoping), a love of music brought me to serve on it's board this past year.