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.
Donna Morse is currently the director and founder 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 with 45 members bringing together adult musicians of all ages to learn to make music together.
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 .>
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.
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.
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.
Dennis Shafer is a saxophonist, director, and live-composer based in Boston and New York City. His playing has been reviewed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, and he has engagements around the world as soloist, educator, and live-composer. He conducts and directs the Boston University Saxophone Ensemble, Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, and Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble. As a commercial musician, Shafer works for Honey Train Music Services.
In New York, Shafer made his concerto debut in 2011 in Merkin Hall and his recital debut in 2015 at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. His most recent multimedia project, RendrGram, debuted at the Judson Memorial Church in April 2015.
Amy Kneipp is no stranger to New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) and its affiliated membership. Amy’s mom has been a part of the Rochester, NY New Horizons band since the early 2000’s. It is the enriching experiences and benefits she saw connecting people through New Horizons that encouraged her to be involved with NHIMA.
Lydia Lucas is a percussion performer and educator in the Greater Boston area. Lydia earned a master’s degree in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2016 where she studied marimba, chamber music, orchestral percussion, and jazz. Basically, if you hit it, she plays it! As an educator, Lydia has produced award-winning community outreach events. Her students earn top spots in Junior District ensembles of Central Massachusetts.