Program and Music Director
Nina Andersen is thrilled to have been selected as the new Program and Music Director for NEAMC! Many of you may have met her at camp this past summer (2016) when she attended as a camper. She had an amazing time and was so impressed with the curriculum, facilities, staff, faculty and hospitality, and of course all the amazing campers and musicians!!!
Nina’s first experience making music with community musicians was as a teenager. She played with the Burlington Concert Band in their Summer Concert Series in Battery Park, Burlington, VT. That left a strong imprint on her which would later influence her choices in her music career.
Like many of you, Nina took a hiatus from music for over 15 years, following high school. A few years after moving to Maine (from Alaska) she picked up her clarinet again and brought music back into her life. She was inspired by her Dad (a sax player), who also returned to music at age 55. She went on to attend the University of Southern Maine graduating in 2000 with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance.
In 1997 she was hired as the Music Director of the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band (now the Maine POPS Concert Band). Here she developed her love of community music and working with adult amateur musicians. In addition to her work with the Maine POPS she has been the Band Director at Freeport Middle and High Schools, provided individual and group instruction on clarinet, saxophone and flute, and worked with woodwind players in local schools.
Nina is also an accomplished clarinetist performing for over 20 years in the Greater Portland area with a variety of groups and musical genres -classical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and chamber music.
She, like her predecessor Diane Muffitt, is passionate about helping others make music at whatever level they can and believes that community music groups are a vital part of Americana that need to be nourished and sustained. She is looking forward to seeing you in August 2017 so we can “Play to Learn, and Learn to Play” – Together!!!
Susan G. Johnston has been interested in music and conducting since she first saw Lawrence Welk and Ricky Riccardo direct ensembles on the TV as a child. She started her conducting career in High School where she directed the school’s pep band. In college she studied music education and majored on French Horn – but one of her first purchases at the UCONN co-op was a baton to work on her beloved craft of conducting. She received a B.S. in music education in 1984 and a Masters in Music in 1994 from the University of Connecticut. When she was working on her masters she was lucky enough to take private conducting lessons with Paul Phillips who was the director of the UCONN Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
In 1984 Sue began working as a 4th-8th grade band director and instrumental instructor for the Norwich Public Schools. In 1992 she was made the conductor of the Noank-Mystic Community Band and held that position through 2017. It was with this band that she became the conductor she is today and realized her passion for working with adult community bands.
In 1999 Sue was hired by the East Lyme Public Schools as the band director for the Middle School. In 2007 she took over as the band director of the East Lyme High School. The high school job was a wonderfully challenging position and taught her so much more about conducting and teaching music.
Sue retired from public school education in 2017 and is now focused on playing her French Horn and directing the local musicians union band in southeastern CT. She loves to work as a freelance horn player and conductor and has recently become a snow bird because the music scene in southern Florida is wonderful and the temperature isn’t too bad in January either.
Sue is thrilled to see where retirement brings her. Right now she is taking a short break to catch her breath but knows she will be staying involved in music making, conducting and teaching. She is very excited about being the Guest Conductor for the New England Adult Music Camp this year.
Cheryl Campbell has had the privilege of being associated with the New England Music Camp since 1970, when her parents first joined the camp as faculty. She grew up spending summers at camp
playing the cello, and enjoyed being a camper, staff member and counselor. After a hiatus of 32 years she was lucky enough to return to camp for the regular season as the Canteen Manager, and also now the Operations Manager for the New England Adult Music Camp. As an adult, Cheryl took up a wind instrument – the bagpipe, and has enjoyed regaling the camp audience with it. The last 4 years have been a blast at NEAMC. Each year we learn and improve, and we look forward to continuing to do so. Any housing or camp facilities questions can be directed to Cheryl at email@example.com.
Director of Novice Studies
Diane Muffitt is retired from a career of thirty-eight years teaching middle school bands, starting in Eliot/South Berwick, Maine, and from 1980-2012, in Wayland, Massachusetts. A few years back, she started Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band, a band for adults who haven’t played in years (decades) or who never had the opportunity to try an instrument. SVNHB is thriving with about 80 members, some having just started an instrument for the first time, and many of whom returned to their instruments after 40, 50 and even 60 years of not playing.
Diane was counselor and assistant head counselor at New England Music Camp during the summers of 1970-1975 and will tell you that camp changed her whole life – for the better! Anyone from the early years may remember her as an oboist and a counselor in UpDorm. Later years, Doug Campbell turned her into a horn player – oboe and horn, a good combination for a young band director!
Diane is passionate about helping others enjoy making music together, whether it be adult beginners hearing a band around them for the first time, or the more advanced players in the state junior district bands. In her free time enjoys canoeing, birdwatching, photography, traveling with her wife, Linda, in their 1991 VW camper van, long walks with the dog, Blake, and a myriad of other pastimes.
Director of Percussion
Dan Foote, Percussion Coordinator, has performed in a wide variety of musical roles nationally and internationally, including freelance work in Hawaii, Peru, Germany and France. His role as the visual time keeper has taken him from the concert hall to the cruise ship, pit orchestra, recording studio, television, radio and nightclub. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, three-time Boston Music Award winner, and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Dan served as the Jazz Department chair, and on the board of the Arts and Education Committee, for Indian Hill Arts and was an adjunct faculty member at UMASS Lowell where he taught world music to grad students. He has been the percussion instructor for the Weston Public Schools for over 25 years and his students regularly make it into the district and all-state bands. Dan has had the opportunity to enrich, engage and entertain at many schools throughout the Metrowest area with RhythmKids an interactive multicultural group of percussionists.
Dan has served as the director of percussion for the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band for the past six years and is a member of the Board of Directors for SVNHM. He thoroughly enjoys working with the group and finds the adult band rewarding in many different ways. He and his wife Penny reside with their three children in Weston, Massachusetts.
Director of Advanced Jazz Program
Bill Schmearer is the former Supervisor of Music for the Spring-Ford Area School District located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. While at Spring-Ford he also served as Director of the Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band at the senior high school. Schmearer is a 30 year faculty member at the prestigious New England Music Camp, located in central Maine, where he serves as Director of Jazz Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Board for NEMC. For many years he conducted the Concert Band at the camp.
Schmearer is recently retired as Associate Conductor of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure he founded and conducted the Symphony Singers as well. For many years Schmearer performed as a Jazz Pianist in Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York – many of those years as a member of the Mike Solick Quartet. Mr. Schmearer is a frequent guest conductor in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. He serves as an adjudicator for the Cavalcade of Bands Jazz division and adjudicates other independent music festivals. As a clinician he presents workshops at the university level.
Schmearer has degrees in Music Education and Conducting. His professional associations include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, MENC and PMEA. He is a Past President of District 11 PMEA and he is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Twin Valley(PA) and a Past President of that organization.
Director of Novice Jazz Program and Saxophone Specialist
Matt Langley had a great band director at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, NH that opened the doors to the paradoxical joy of improvisation at an early age. Thus began a largely self-guided musical journey that has also included a brief period of lessons with saxophonist Stan Strickland, an Aebersold Jazz Camp encounter with “Blue Lou” Marini and David Baker and a visit to UNH’s Summer Youth Music School. Since beginning his professional career directly out of high school, Matt’s love of music has taken him from blues bars in Waterville, Maine to the famous Green Mill in Chicago, Illinois. From the Boston Globe Jazz Festival to Sunday Services at the Second Congregational Church in Kittery, Maine.
Matt has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kolhlhase Quintet, with his own group, “Color” with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ “System of 5”, with Pianist Ted Brancato whose CD “The Next Step” features Matt extensively on Soprano and Tenor Saxophone. Ted and Matt toured the Pacific Northwest in the Fall of 2013 performing music from the CD in concert halls, colleges and night clubs with some of the finest jazz musicians from the Seattle area.
Recent recordings include Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales self titled soul CD and, in August of 2016, Mike Effenberger’s “Weird Turn Pro” for Spring 2017 release. Matt has collaborated with visual jazz artist Roger Goldenberg on the audio visual feast, in Ears ‘n Eyes since 2011, producing multiple live shows often involving large ensembles and compositions created specifically for each event. Currently Matt performs with numerous groups in the New England area as well as teaching saxophone, improvisation and coaching ensembles at Concord NH Community Music School, the Portsmouth NH Music and Arts Center, the Shaker Road School in Concord, NH and at his home studio in Eliot, Maine.
Matt has shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Tchicai, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Dave Fuzinski, Matt Wilson, Charlie Kohlhase, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Gene MacDaniels, Curtis Hasselbring, Dave Douglas and many others.
Adrianne Greenbaum’s career as tutor, professor, mentor, and coach spans four decades. She has involved herself with teaching at all levels, from the day-one experience of flute playing, to coaching professionals on the fine distinction of making music come alive. Beyond her private studio she has taught at many adult programs: KlezKamp, KlezKanada, KlezmerQuerque, Boxwood Festival (Nova Scotia) and Santa Fe Flute Immersion. Known as a Flute Pioneer in the klezmer world, Adrianne leads workshops wherever she travels: England, France, Vienna, and across the US. She is a published composer and arranger of her own compositions of flute choir and of flute and orchestra music. Currently, she is Professor of Music, teaching flute, piano lab and klezmer ensemble, at Mount Holyoke, a position she has held since 1974. She is Principal Flute Emeritus of Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and currently presents concerts on period instruments, connecting klezmer and baroque music.
Adrianne is proud of her NEMC connections in that she’s not only had many fine students attend, but one of them is happily married to another NEMC camper (having met on the camp bus) and another is her daughter who has forever thanked her for pushing her out the door her first time.
Double Reed Specialist
Oboist Ben Fox‘s versatility matches the diversity of venues in which he has performed. From Carnegie Hall to retirement homes, rural churches in Panamá to nightclubs in Honolulu, Ben’s joy comes from sharing music with everyone.
After working with a myriad of orchestras in the Boston area, Ben joined the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for their 2013-14 season, playing Associate Principal Oboe and English Horn. Believing in the healing potential of live classical music, he brought together HSO colleagues to perform for bedridden hospital patients – a pursuit he continues with colleagues in Boston. For years Ben has been Principal Oboe of the Marsh Chapel Collegium, whose performances of cantatas and oratorios by Bach and Handel reach a worldwide audience via radio and internet broadcasts. Besides a love of this Baroque and other common practice repertoire, he is also devoted to new music, premiering works, performing concerts, and recording albums with the contemporary music ensemble Callithumpian Consort. Recently, he has paired an interest in swing dancing with the sister art of blues and gypsy jazz improvisation.
A passionate educator, Ben enjoys teaching students of every age and ability. He teaches oboists how to practice, sight-read, make reeds, and perform with conviction. In addition to nurturing musicians’ artistic talents, Ben has also taught music theory classes, developing students’ analytical skills by exploring the inner workings of a composition in order to reveal its organization, coherence and beauty. In coaching chamber music, he challenges each player to balance their individual expression with the sensitivity required of good collaborators in order to present a performance that resonates as fully with each of the ensemble’s members as with their audience. When not playing or teaching music, Ben occupies himself reading, running, dancing and cooking.
Becky Leonard started playing the clarinet when she was in the fourth grade and the saxophone in 7th grade. By the time she was a senior in high school she was teaching private lessons. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance, Becky taught private and small group lessons and was busy working as a free lance musician. Over the years, Becky has taught lessons in many after school music programs as well as Brown University. At the All Newton Music School, where Becky taught for 9 years back in the ‘90’s, she encountered her first adult students, and she has enjoyed the experience ever since.
Her career has included performing with the Rhode Island, Portland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Albany, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestras. She can be heard on the CRI, Pickwick, and Koch labels. As a member of the Ariel Quintet since 1989, she has performed many formal concerts, educational programs, and radio broadcasts.
Currently Becky has a large private studio in her home (which includes many current members of the Sudbury Valley New Horizon Band) and she is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. When Becky isn’t in the studio teaching, on stage performing, or helping with the family business (Leonards Music), she can be found on the ski slopes, out in the back yard with one of her dogs, or accompanying her children to one of their many activities.
Becky lives in Wayland, MA with her husband Michael, their children, Hunter, Mallory, and Bryn and their two dogs, Maisie and Ace.
Low Brass and Seminar Specialist
Brian Kay enjoys sharing his love of music with students of all ages and ability levels. A professional trombonist and private music instructor, Brian’s home studio in Natick, Massachusetts has attracted adult and school aged trombone, trumpet, euphonium, tuba, and horn students from throughout Eastern Massachusetts. He is the author of a set of Intermediate Brass Methods, as well as numerous other teaching materials. He has been teaching in New England since 1991.
Seeing the learning process through the eyes of the beginner and non-professional track player have been key in Brian’s development as a teacher. An avid interest in Salsa dancing, taking an adult education pottery class, and experiencing other brass and wind instruments as an adult beginner have been formative experiences. Brian’s desire is to help make music relative, enjoyable, understandable, and accessible to all.
Brian holds degrees from New England Conservatory and University of Illinois, and has done additional graduate coursework in Music Education at the Boston Conservatory. He has taught at New England Conservatory Extension Division, The Longy School, and several area school systems. Brian’s professional performances have taken him all over the USA and across Europe. He has performed with groups such as the Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland Symphony. On period instruments, he has performed with Boston Baroque, Boston Camerata, Handel & Haydn Society, Renaissonics, and others. Popular and Jazz performances have included the Hal McIntyre Orchestra, and playing backup for Aretha Franklin.
Patricia Hurley attended NEMC just before her senior year in high school, and earned the Honor Musician award. Her teachers at NEMC (Sid Mear, trumpet and Bertha Seifert, piano) encouraged her to apply to Eastman, which she did. Her mother had different ideas, however, so she majored in music at Cornell where she was fortunate to have Karel Husa as a mentor. The summer after her freshman year she served as a counselor at NEMC. She finally got to Eastman, where she earned her music ed. degree, and began a long career in teaching in Maryland, then in the New Haven, Connecticut area. After moving to Essex CT with her husband and two kids, she resumed her teaching career in Deep River, where she was Director of Music (band, chorus, related arts) at the middle school, and subsequently, Band Director in both middle and high schools. She saw the need for individual study, so founded the Community Music School (member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education) in 1983. She received a masters’ degree in trumpet performance the same year, from UCONN. With the elimination of her teaching position in 1991 she moved to Greenwich, CT, and taught in the Scarsdale, NY, Middle School for 14 years.
Upon retiring in 2005, she returned home to the Ivoryton section of Essex and re-joined the Community Music School which, in her absence, had grown to 400 students of all ages. The school now serves close to 500 students ages 6 months to 90 years. She saw the need for an adult performing group, so founded the New Horizons Band of the Valley Shore. A highlight of my involvement with New Horizons was working with the trumpet students at the inaugural New Horizons Band Camp at NEMC, which some of my local students also attended.
Horn Specialist and Director of Chamber Groups
Linda Murdock is the co-founder of the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band and takes many roles within the group. She has taught beginners, played horn or trumpet in concerts as needed, learned the basics of clarinet and sax playing to help with the woodwind beginners, organized a series of soirées musicales, taught seminars, and started and conducts a woodwind choir. She arranges music for the band and the woodwind choir, copies music, organizes events, and even walks Blake (the band dog) if he gets nudgey.
Linda began her musical endeavors with piano lessons in 3rd grade; she desperately wanted piano lessons in 1st grade, but a 3rd grader told her that kids couldn’t take piano lessons till 3rd grade so she waited, and on the first day of 3rd grade begged her parents for lessons. After piano came pipe organ in 5th grade, French horn in 7th grade, and violin in 9th; her initial goal was to learn to play every instrument, but she was sensible and instead settled on the horn as her primary instrument.
During college, Linda studied horn with Carol Jensen and played in the University of Minnesota orchestra and band as well as a local horn quartet and other ensembles. After moving to the Boston area, she studied horn with BSO horn player Harry Shapiro, and freelanced in the Boston metro area. Although her day job morphed from corporate lawyer to middle school teacher to school principal, she continued her involvement in music, even including playing piano to accompany the school chorus. In the last three years, since retiring from her “day job,” she is again focusing primarily on music, playing horn and piano, arranging music, and conducting the woodwind choir.
She loved being at camp again last summer and is looking forward to this year, working with this year’s horn players, conducting brass and woodwind ensembles, and just enjoying all the music!
Low Brass Specialist and Small Group & Individual Music Coach
Larry Cooper earned his Master of Music from the University of Michigan and his BS in Music Education from Susquehanna University. He presently teaches both trombone and euphonium at Bucknell University. Larry has played trombone with the Pottstown Symphony, Schuylkill Symphony, Susquehanna Valley Choral, Columbia Brassworks Quintet, and Commonwealth Brass Quintet. He has taken additional musical study at Eastman School of Music, Penn State University, and Bloomsburg University and has studied with James Steffy, H. Dennis Smith, Louis Stout, Abe Torchinsky and George Osburn. He is the Shamokin Area High School Band Director-retired after 36 years. He has been at New England Music Camp since 1962 in several positions. At present he is Vice President of the Advisory Board for NEMC and on the Corporation Board for NEMC as well.
PHOTO CREDITS: Muffitt by Harold Curtin; Foote by Linda Murdock; Leonard by Hunter Leonard; Langley by Jennifer Dickert; Summers by L. Roberts; Murdock by D. Muffitt, Martin by Will Wohler.