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.
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 .>
Amy Kneipp is no stranger to arts administration and activities. For the past two years she has been the Administrative Assistant for the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) and its affiliated membership. She has been active in the management and planning for NHIMA’s camps and virtual events.
Prior, she served on the Board as the Vice President for her local community theatre group in Fredericksburg, VA, organizing fundraisers, 5K races, and overseeing the theatre’s operations. While not actively involved with music, Amy was a saxophone player and singer in high school and college and has acted with the local theatre group.
When not consulting or connecting people through music and theatre, Amy enjoys designing and creating traditional hand hooked wool rugs. She lives in Spotsylvania, VA with her husband and has two sons away in college.
Debbi Gibson has been an avid clarinetist and conductor since the start of her career. She views music as a gift and passion that she loves to share with others. A graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, Debbi holds a BME and Performance Certificate. She has her ME from James Madison University. A retired K-collegiate music educator from schools in Virginia and New Hampshire, Debbi has recently expanded her musical life to include conducting a variety of ensembles and music groups.
Deborah (Sheldon) Confredo, a 42-year veteran music educator, is Professor of Music Education and Director of the Online MM in Music Education at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). She is founder of Temple’s Night Owls Campus/Community Band which launched Temple's community music performance outreach program and is past conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Band.
John McLellan. With degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from East Carolina University (1978) and the Hartt School of Music (Univ. of Hartford, CT, 1983), Mr. McLellan has over 40 years of experience in band rooms from North Carolina through New England. His tenure of 35 years in Belmont, MA brought him the Lowell Mason Award, the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors’ Association Hall of Fame Award, the Excellence in Chamber Music Education from Chamber Music America, among others. He has served as clinician and/or commissioned composer in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Now retired, he works as a music engraver for Claude T. Smith Publications and teaches with the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Program in Sudbury, MA. He lives with his wife and golden Labrador retriever and greatly enjoys his growing family of (so far) two grandsons.
Donna Morse is currently the founder and director of the Monadnock New Horizons Band in Keene, NH as well as the musical director for the Nelson, NH Town Band, a private teacher and free lance musician.
In 2013 Diane Muffitt found Donna’s name on a community band director list and invited her to the New England Adult Music Camp. While at the camp, Donna met Roy Ernst and learned about the New Horizons music programs. With this information, she returned to Keene and started the Monadnock New Horizons Band(MNHB) in the Fall of 2014. The band is going strong bringing together adult musicians of all ages to learn to make music together.
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.
Dan Foote, 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 timekeeper 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.
Hunter McKay is a saxophonist and composer from Maine who is currently based in Boston. His original music has been wittily described as "music that will soundtrack the future (I suppose soundtracking the now as well, technically)” -Chris Hislop, Edge Magazine. Hunter is the founder of www.SocialAnimalsBig.band, a seventeen-piece collective with a postmodern musical philosophy that blends jazz aesthetics with various stylistic influences including folk, rock, hip-hop, and experimental music.
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.