Lisa Noordergraaf is delighted to be joining New England Adult Music Camp staff in the role of Camp Director and Director of Jazz Studies during the summer of 2022. She brings with her a lifetime of musical experiences, and an enduring passion to help and encourage others in their own musical explorations.
Lisa started her musical career when her mother enrolled her in violin and piano lessons at age 6. She added clarinet lessons at age 8, and continued her musical studies through college at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
RichardE. Wyman is the former Assistant Director of the United States Coast Guard Band, where he regularly conducted throughout the United States and abroad, including historic concert tours of Japan and Taiwan. He led the Band’s educational initiatives; designing, hosting, and conducting innovative "Young People's" concerts for over 6000 students annually. Wyman also served as the Band’s producer for ten CDs and two White House “Pageant of Peace” PBS specials.
Nina Andersen has been the Program and Music Director for the New England Adult Music Camp since 2016. Serendipity brought her to NEAMC as a camper in 2016 where at the end of the week her predecessor (Diane Muffit) announced her retirement. Nina quickly followed up on the opportunity and was selected to be the new Camp Director in the Fall of 2016.
She brings a lifetime of passion and dedication to facilitating and supporting adults making music at whatever level they can and believes that community music making is a vital part of our cultural history that needs to be nourished and sustained.
Linda Murdock has been a “Jill-of-many-trades” in her career, including musician, lawyer, teacher, and school principal. She began her musical endeavors with piano lessons in 3rd grade. After piano came pipe organ in 5th grade, French horn in 7th grade, and violin in 9th; through high school, besides playing horn, she served as organist for her church, played piano in many different contexts, and taught private horn and piano lessons.
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. in 2008, she started Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music, a band for adults who haven’t played in years (decades) or who never had the opportunity to try an instrument. SVNHM is thriving, now including a string program, 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 70 years of not playing with ages range from 23-94!
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 6 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 .>
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.
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.
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.
Susan G. Johnston has been playing the horn with great passion since she was 10, she started playing the piano when she was 8. Her favorite work is playing in pit orchestras for musicals which she has been doing since she was 14. Among her favorite gigs every year is playing the music of Gilbert and Sullivan for the CT Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s annual Operetta. Sue is a proud member of the AFM Local 285-403 and plays with or conducts for the Silver Cornet Band.
Steve Curtis was a Band Director in Southborough Massachusetts from 1979 until his retirement in 2017. Since then he has been teaching band instruments to elementary school students in the Boston Public Schools with the non-profit group Making Music Matters. Steve has sung in the choruses of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. He plays trombone and tuba professionally with the New Magnolia Jazz Band, Boston’s own Roma Band, The Point and Swing Big Band, and The Mad Bavarian Brass Band.
Thomas Briggs, percussionist, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of music degree in jazz studies and music education. He formed the Coast Guard jazz septet the Masters of Swing in the summer of 1989 performing as the band’s drummer, arranger, and musical director. He is an award winning composer and has written and arranged many works for all types of musical ensembles from symphonic wind ensemble to jazz ensembles, as well as many chamber ensembles.
Dr. Danielle Moreau is a percussion performer, music educator, and entrepreneur based in the United States. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire and percussion specialist of the Westbrook School Department in Maine. An active artist, Danielle has performed with several ensembles throughout Arizona and the New England areas including the Phoenix Symphony, the Phoenix Theatre, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the New England Brass Band. She is also co-founder and percussionist of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo, one of the only all-female percussion/low brass duos in the world.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Charlie Jennison plays lead alto sax, clarinet, flute and soprano sax with the Portsmouth, NH area Seacoast Big Band and is also a member of the Capitol Jazz Orchestra that plays frequently at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Currently teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy where he is a member of the faculty jazz quartet, Charlie offers private instruction on classical and jazz saxophone for all levels of experience, as well as jazz piano instruction for beginning and intermediate players.
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.