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.
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 4 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 .>
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. A few years back, she started Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band, a band for adults who haven’t played in years (decades) or who never had the opportunity to try an instrument. SVNHB is thriving 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 60 years of not playing.
Dan Foote, Percussion Coordinator, 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 time keeper 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.
Bill Schmearer is the former Supervisor of Music for the Spring-Ford Area School District located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. While at Spring-Ford he also served as Director of the Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band at the senior high school. Schmearer is a 30 year faculty member at the prestigious New England Music Camp, located in central Maine, where he serves as Director of Jazz Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Board for NEMC. For many years he conducted the Concert Band at the camp.
Matt Langley had a great band director at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, NH that opened the doors to the paradoxical joy of improvisation at an early age. Thus began a largely self-guided musical journey that has also included a brief period of lessons with saxophonist Stan Strickland, an Aebersold Jazz Camp encounter with “Blue Lou” Marini and David Baker and a visit to UNH’s Summer Youth Music School. Since beginning his professional career directly out of high school, Matt’s love of music has taken him from blues bars in Waterville, Maine to the famous Green Mill in Chicago, Illinois. From the Boston Globe Jazz Festival to Sunday Services at the Second Congregational Church in Kittery, Maine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Murdock is the co-founder of the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band and takes many roles within the group. She has taught beginners, played horn or trumpet in concerts as needed, learned the basics of clarinet and sax playing to help with the woodwind beginners, organized a series of soirées musicales, taught seminars, and started and conducts a woodwind choir. She arranges music for the band and the woodwind choir, copies music, organizes events, and even walks Blake (the band dog) if he gets nudgey.
Larry Cooper earned his Master of Music from the University of Michigan and his BS in Music Education from Susquehanna University. He presently teaches both trombone and euphonium at Bucknell University. Larry has played trombone with the Pottstown Symphony, Schuylkill Symphony, Susquehanna Valley Choral, Columbia Brassworks Quintet, and Commonwealth Brass Quintet.
Christine Letcher is currently the Assistant Director of Snow Pond Community Music School, teaches private piano, voice, and is the director of the Snow Pond Pantasticks Steel Drum Band. Christine is also an adjunct professor of music at the University of Maine at Augusta. A practitioner of yoga philosophy, Christine shares with her students various techniques for mindful and joyous music-making. Christine loves working with adults and children alike, and enjoys collaborating with other musicians to create a place in which audiences can retreat from the craziness of life.