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 Co-founder of Main IDEA and has served as Board Member and volunteer for seven years.
Joy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at Crown College in 2009. In May 2018, she graduated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (Tufts University) and received her Certificate from Clark University’s Youth Worker Training Institute. Joy is currently taking her Graduate Studies at Clark University, pursuing her Nonprofit Leadership in Youth Work Certificate, as part of the International Development, Community, and Environment Program.
Joy has worked as a children’s music teacher in Worcester for six years at the Worcester Music Academy, and is the founder of several of its performance groups including the Girls’ A Cappella Program, Sing and Play Program, Youth Rock Band, and Teen Rock Band. She also performs throughout Greater Worcester as a solo artist, particularly in the Canal District of Worcester. She has performed at several local festivals and events, including the Worcester Wine Festival, Make Music Worcester, and Sofar Sounds, as well as with the Women of Worcester Productions and Old Sturbridge Village Singers.
By combining her love of music and art 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.