Nina Andersen has been the Program and Music Director for the New England Adult Music Camp since 2015. Serendipity brought her to NEAMC as a camper in 2015 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 2015.
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 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). 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. Her most recent endeavor is the establishment of the New Horizons Concert Band of Greater Portland in the Fall of 2017.
Nina is also an accomplished clarinetist performing in the Greater Portland area with a variety of groups and musical genres - classical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and chamber music.