WORCESTER — Saturday, Feb. 20 will see the 30th JOMPATHON and, protected to say, one like no different.
However whereas the occasion shall be on-line for the primary time, the trigger and spirit remains to be the identical as Pleasure of Music college students placed on a music efficiency marathon to boost cash for the nonprofit group music faculty’s monetary help program.
“Shifting ahead with JOMPATHON is a manner we can assist college students and college proceed to really feel a way of connection past their personal classes,” stated Wendy Ardizzone, who based Pleasure of Music in 1986 and is its director.
“JOMPATHON is a vital option to deliver the JOMP group collectively once more,” stated her husband, Richard Ardizzone, Pleasure of Music affiliate director.
Pleasure of Music, or JOMP as it’s popularly identified, stopped in-person lessons at its dwelling at 1 Gorham St. final March and went on-line.
Tasked with managing JOMPATHON for the primary time is Pleasure of Music’s new program director, Caroline Reiner-Williams, who took the place in November.
“Digital unchartered waters,” she stated of the primary digital JOMPATHON. Nonetheless, “having already switched to digital educating, I really feel a bit higher.”
Reiner-Williams has additionally taught (cello and chamber music) on the faculty since 2009. “We now have a bit bit extra superior discover than we did in March. All of us discovered a lot about Zoom. We actually branched out as music lecturers.”
And past being program director and a music trainer at Pleasure of Music, Reiner-Williams is a former scholar. So she is aware of concerning the spirit of JOMPATHON, having participated in fairly just a few from the ages of 6 to 19. Her youngsters, Alex, 10 (jazz piano), and Sophia, 7 (cello), shall be participating on this 12 months’s JOMPATHON.
“I positively have many, many vivid recollections of JOMPATHON — being nervous ready to go on stage, such an vitality all day. Household and pals ready to assist. I assume it actually fostered a love of performing for me. Such a heat occasion,” Reiner-Williams stated.
Often JOMPATHAN made for a teeming beehive of exercise as college students carried out at 1 Gorham St. (and earlier throughout Pleasure of Music’s time at First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Foremost St.) as family and friends got here to look at.
This 12 months individuals can register to look at JOMPATHON through Zoom on Pleasure of Music’s Fb web page, which can possible be getting loads of clicks.
“Zoom college students shall be seeing the faces of their households be seen on the display. That is one of many issues I am hoping to take care of, regardless of the digital format,” Reiner-Williams stated.
Pleasure of Music college students are submitting recorded video performances for JOMPATHON on which most will can have labored on with their music lecturers. As of final Wednesday morning, 177 movies had been submitted. A few days earlier, when the quantity was 150, that was already greater than Pleasure of Music had hoped for, Wendy Ardizzone stated.
“Seeing the movies coming in has been heartening,” stated Reiner-Williams. “I know the scholars have been working exhausting and the college. As a guardian it has been good to have this as a aim … We have had on-line chamber tasks. It provides the group a style of what college students have been doing to collaborate with one another.”
For so long as Reiner-Williams can keep in mind, JOMPATHON has run from eight a.m. to eight p.m., and that would be the case Feb. 20. “So we’ll be sticking to that custom,” she stated.
Every hour a brand new set of scholar movies will go browsing. An “alumni hour” at midday will function Pleasure of Music’s alumni, together with skilled musicians performing and speaking about what JOMP meant to them. Contributors will embody Paul Wright, a cellist and singer with Tall Heights, and Andy Licht, violinist with Fayetteville (NC) Symphony and Duo Licht.
Alumni and college can be seen performing all through the day.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve got added an alumni element!” stated Wendy Ardizzone. “One of many silver linings to a digital occasion is for alumni from as distant as Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, New jersey, New York and Maine to have the ability to take part. They are going to be sharing how music continues to affect their lives, notably in the course of the pandemic, in addition to providing just a few phrases of encouragement to JOMP’s present college students.”
Wendy Ardizzone was the piano accompanist for lots of the college students when JOMPATHON was reside, in-person. This 12 months she’ll carry out solo.
“It is great that she might be musically taking part this fashion as effectively,” Reiner-Williams stated.
Reiner-Williams shall be becoming a member of Richard Ardizzone, who teaches trombone on the faculty, in narrating the occasion.
On Pleasure of Music’s Fb web page, there may be not solely a hyperlink to Zoom but in addition one to making a donation.
JOMP was based in 1986 as a program of music and motion lessons for preschoolers and has grown right into a regional faculty serving youngsters, teenagers and adults of all ranges of musical improvement. The college has grown from its preliminary enrollment of 12 to over 500 college students with a college of over 40 musicians. After a few years at First Unitarian Church, a fireplace there in 2000 led to some relocation for the varsity. After a capital marketing campaign it moved into its personal services at 1 Gorham St. in 2002. The Joseph & Jordan Shapiro Live performance Corridor was devoted in 2016.
In the meantime, “Upon attaining nonprofit standing in 1989, we established our Monetary Support Program, which is on the coronary heart of our mission ‘to counterpoint lives and foster group by way of accessible music training and efficiency.’ ” Wendy Ardizzone stated. “Beneficiant assist of this program has made it attainable for us to construct the richly numerous musical group all of us cherish and have a good time.”
The primary JOMPATHON held in January 1992, at First Unitarian Church, ran for six hours with 90 individuals and raised $1,800 raised towards a $7,000 complete of economic help raised and awarded in 1991-1992, Wendy Ardizzone stated.
The 29th JOMPATHON held in January 2020 at JOMP’s Shapiro Live performance Corridor at Gorham St. ran for 12½ hours with over 200 individuals and raised $10,200 towards $156,000 complete monetary help raised and awarded in 2019-2020 to 108 college students, she stated.
“(The) aim for our 30th annual JOMPATHON is $30,000 in direction of our aim of elevating $200,000 in 2020-2021 in response to the elevated want for help led to by the pandemic,” Wendy Ardizzone stated.
“We determined to make it a really formidable aim,” stated Reiner-Williams. A typical JOMPATHON aim was round $10,000, however this 12 months Pleasure of Music has tripled the quantity, she famous. “We’re actually aiming excessive, there’s such a necessity proper now.”
“I used to be a beneficiary of that,” stated Justin Duffy of Pleasure of Music’s monetary help. Now he’s a board member and guardian of a kid taking lessons on the music faculty.
Duffy was a scholar at Pleasure of Music from the early 1990s up till 2001. He works for startSOLE, an academic nonprofit.
He additionally has fond recollections of the JOMPATHON occasions he took half in.
“I liked it,” Duffy stated. “The college was nonetheless at (First) Unitarian. It was at all times a really cozy place. There was sense of group. Wealthy and Wendy actually care concerning the group.”
Duffy began with the piano however converted to the trumpet later. “It was a possibility that opened quite a lot of doorways for me,” he stated. He toured as a trumpet participant in an orchestra to Jap Europe. Music remains to be a part of his life regardless that he does not now carry out publicly. JOMP remains to be a part of his life as effectively.
“It is thrilling to be a board member and steward this into the longer term,” he stated.
The pandemic has induced apparent challenges.
“Wealthy and Wendy (Ardizzone) have stored a very clear imaginative and prescient,” Duffy stated. “I have been actually impressed how robust JOMPS’s place has been by way of the pandemic.”
“Pleasure of Music is shifting ahead by way of the pandemic because of the superb teamwork of our employees, the dedication of our board, the creativity and devotion of our college, the adventurous spirit of our college students, an SBA-PPP mortgage and Worcester Collectively COVID-19 Restoration grant, the outstanding assist of particular person donors and foundations and the timeless energy of music itself,” Wendy Ardizzone stated..
“Many people really feel grief at shedding the each day vitality and inspiration of the in-person connections which have outlined the JOMP group for over three a long time …
“One of many issues we’re giving precedence to in the course of the time we’re not capable of be collectively in individual is doing all the things we will to take care of the spirit of the JOMP group. After we made the painful however sensible determination to proceed educating on-line this fall, holding our 30th Annual JOMPATHON just about rose to the highest of the checklist. Lecturers are doing a tremendous job preserving their college students engaged and nurturing these relationships,” Wendy Ardizzone stated.
Together with that, “Early donations from people to our Workers Capability Constructing venture made it attainable for us to take step one of including an extra employees individual to our administrative crew.”
Wendy Ardizzone stated Pleasure of Music “could not be happier” with Reiner-Williams as program director. “She personifies the spirit of JOMP. She is managing the method of making the digital model of JOMPATHON with the understanding of the expertise wanted.”
Taking up this system director position, “Its been nice. It has been very intense, which I actually like,” Reiner-Williams stated.
“I hope I can provide again to the varsity as a result of they gave a lot to me. ‘The Pleasure of Music’ may be very apt. I used to be at all times joyful to be right here as a child, as a scholar.”