Snow Pond Center for the Arts Executive Director
For 80 years, John’s family has had the privilege of being the stewards of this magical place known as Snow Pond Center for the Arts. As the Director of Snow Pond for the last 8 years, John is the visionary and entrepreneur that has turned Snow Pond from a summer camp to a year-round arts education facility. He has successfully produced notable improvements to learning and education in central Maine by working with local organizations, businesses and civic/community leaders.
Prior to 2007, John spent 30 years in-group disability insurance making revolutionary improvements in how the disability insurance companies provided benefits and services to employers and their employees. From 1985-1996, John worked for Hartford Life, growing the annual premiums from $40 million to almost $1 billion. In 1996 John founded a full service disability reinsurance company and grew premiums to $350 million and managed claim revenues of over $1 billion.
New England Music Camp Executive Director
Kim Wiggin is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in voice and music education, and received a Masters of Arts in Special Education from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has taught special education in both public and private schools in Connecticut for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of Academic Support at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut, where she holds the Kim Wiggin Chair in Academic Support, and manages the individualized academic programs for over 60 students. At Suffield, she also helps vocal coach the annual musical, and is responsible for the international travel and service programs to Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. She returned to New England Music Camp in 1995 as the head counselor, and has been a director since 2004. She is also the secretary of the New England Music Camp Association.
Kim has been very involved in community service work at both the local level through the Episcopal church and local schools, and internationally. She is currently helping to build two schools in Ghana in Western Africa, where she spends a few weeks each year.
Director of Music
Bill Tortolano is an arts management consultant, arts commission/grants panel member and active freelance violinist in the Washington, DC area. He regularly performs with the Washington Concert Opera, National Gallery Orchestra and Washington Bach Consort (period instruments). He served for over 20 years with The United States Air Force Band, performing at the White House, Vice President’s residence, State Department, Pentagon and other high level venues. Additionally, he served as Chief Flight Arranger, Director for Audience Development and Director of Alumni & Veterans Affairs. Promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in just eight years, Bill returned to school and received an Arts Management degree from George Mason University. As Manager of the USAF Strings, he created and marketed a string orchestra concert series that showcased the ensemble at the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution and other historically significant performance sites throughout the DC area. He conceived of, and programmed the well-received orchestral CD, “An American Dream,” which received favorable reviews and was featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Bill enlisted in 1996 and was appointed principal second violinist of the US Air Force Symphony Orchestra. After 9-11, he cross-trained and served as a Command Post Controller during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He is the recipient of two Meritorious Service Medals, Commendation Medal and two AF Achievement Medals.
Originally from Underhill, Vermont, Bill left high school at age 16 to attend the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1983. He graduated from Yale University in 1985 with a Master of Music degree. Additionally, he was a scholarship student at Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals, and concertmaster at both the US and Italy Spoleto Festivals. His former teachers include Louis Fink, Stephen Clapp and Paul Kantor.
Prior to joining the Air Force, he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Earlham College where he taught counterpoint, music theory, violin and conducted the college/community orchestra. Additionally, he was also concertmaster, orchestra contractor and member of the Whitewater Opera Board of Trustees. Prior to that, he taught at Phillips Academy (Andover) and played with the Boston Pops-Esplanade Orchestra and the Boston Lyric Opera. In 1990 he was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is published and recorded by GIA, Chicago.
Bill is part of a long association of Tortolano’s at NEMC. He and his siblings were campers, his father guest conducted the Chorale and he and his wife, Mary Ann were faculty members in 1988 when he conducted the Concert Orchestra. Mary Ann has been on the faculty since 2004. Their children (Will, Julianne & Joey) have been campers and Will was also a counselor.
Director of Development
Christa brings a wealth of experience in the areas of marketing, public relations and event planning. She has worked for over 25 years in the field, including 9 years as the Vice President of Marketing for Sotheby’s Chicago. Christa is a visible and active participant in the events and culture of NEMC and Snow Pond and her responsibilities include: implementing annual campaigns; assisting with the cultivation of new prospective donors; overseeing marketing/communication efforts including website/social media; managing special events/fundraisers, and supervising the submission of grant request. She currently sits on the Board of the Reed Trust Fund and was recently nominated to the Board of the Viles Arboretum, in Augusta, Maine.
Richard A. Abramson
Rich received his Masters of Education from the University of Maine at Orono in 1974. Since then, he has worked as an educator, director, instructor and superintendent, as well as other distinguished positions, at many educational institutions including MADSEC, Wells-Ogunquit CSD, Maine Department of Education and Kennebec Valley YMCA.