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.
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 the adults Nina works with, she took a long hiatus from making music following high school. A few years after moving to Maine in 1987, she picked up her clarinet again, inspired by her Dad who had returned to music making 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) and continued with them until 2017. Here she continued to develop her love of community music making 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, taught individual and group instruction on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, and worked with woodwind players in local schools. In 2017 she founded the Southern Maine New Horizons Band based in Portland Maine where she serves as the Music Director.
Nina is also an accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist performing in Maine area with a variety of groups and musical genres - classical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and chamber music.