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Director: Joy Rachelle Murrieta
In addition to being the Executive Director for Main IDEA, Joy Rachelle Murrieta has over 10 years experience of working in the music industry. In recognition of her work as a community leader and musician, she 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.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at Crown College, Joy returned to her home state of MA, starting the indie/folk/rock band, “Bright, the Morning,” in 2010 (with bassist Eric L’Esperance of Worcester’s local band The Promise is Hope). Bright, the Morning released its first EP album in June 2011, performing at venues throughout Boston and Greater Worcester, including The Palladium, Tammany Hall, The Sinclair, and Boston House of Blues. Joy also became well known for her online presence, with over 200,000 YouTube views, and was featured in several ukulele websites, including “Humble Baritonics,” and “Uke can Play!”
Since then, Joy has performed throughout Worcester County as a solo artist, particularly in the up and coming Canal District of Worcester, MA (home of the Worcester RedSox). She has also performed at several local festivals and events, including Make Music Worcester, Pow! Wow! Worcester!, Worcester Wine Festival, and Sofar Sounds, as well as with the Women of Worcester Productions. She has performed alongside several local favorites, including Cara Brindisi and Sam James.
Joy has over 10 years of experience teaching and directing youth musicians and programs. In particular, she is the founder of several music groups at the Worcester Music Academy, including the Girls’ A Cappella Program, Sing and Play Program, and Youth Rock Bands. Joy has directed several productions for the Rock Band program in particular, including performances at stART on the Street, “Worcester Day of Play” Festival, and “Teens Rock Worcester.”
Many of Joy’s private music students have received various honors and awards, including having students accepted into Berklee School of Music, two students as Grand Prize Winners of the WCCATV13 New Voice Awards, and even a student selected to compete in Boston Idol!
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.
“Joy Rachelle, the teacher and the musician, blend into a whirlwind of musical talent and energy.” – Worcester Magazine, May 2012
“[Joy Rachelle] started off the night on a delicate, almost-haunting note, navigating emotionally fraught terrain with…lovely vocals…and a neat anti-folk sound that let each instrument on stage shine clearly and distinctively.” – Telegram & Gazette, March 2012