Main Idea

Joy Rachelle Murrieta

In recognition of her work as a community leader, Joy was named one of “2017’s People to Watch” by Pulse Magazine, and was listed as one of The Worcester Business Journal’s 2017 “40 under 40” recipients. She is a graduate of the 2019 Leadership Worcester class, and is also a Co-founder of Main IDEA and has served as Board Member and volunteer for the organization for seven years.

Joy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at Crown College in 2009. In May 2018, she graduated from┬áthe Institute for Nonprofit Practice (Tufts University) with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, as well from Clark University, receiving her Certificate in Nonprofit Youth Work as part of the International Development, Community, and Environment Program.

In addition to her nonprofit experience, Joy has worked as a children’s music teacher for 10 years, most recently at the Worcester Music Academy (WMA), teaching voice, piano, and guitar for ages 6-17. Joy is the co-founder of several of the WMA’s performance groups, including the Youth Rock Bands, Girls A Cappella Group, and Sing-and-Play classes.

Joy is also an established artist, and has performed throughout Worcester County since 2011 as a solo artist, particularly in the Canal District, as well as for several local festivals and events. Additionally, Joy has been an active dancer for 10 years, taking classes and performing in ballet, modern, contemporary, salsa, hip hop, and breakdancing styles, and was a member of Stylized Movement, a Worcester-based dance company, from 2013-2014.

By combining her love of the arts with her passion for enriching the lives of Worcester’s youth, Joy strives to be a positive influence on the cultivation of the city’s music and arts scene and the empowerment of the city’s next generation.