Kim Wiggin is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in voice and music education, and received a Masters of Arts in Special Education from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has taught special education in both public and private schools in Connecticut for over 30 years. In 2018 she retired as the Director of Academic Support at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut, where she held the Kim Wiggin Chair in Academic Support, and managed the individualized academic programs for over 60 students. At Suffield, she also helped vocal coach the annual musical, and was responsible for the international travel and service programs to Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. She returned to New England Music Camp in 1995 as the head counselor, and has been a director since 2004. She is also the secretary of the New England Music Camp Association.
Kim has been very involved in community service work at both the local level through the Episcopal church and local schools, and internationally. She recently completed building a home in Ghana in western Africa, where she now lives for part of the year. She also founded a non-profit educational and social welfare program for disadvantaged children in the Osu section of Accra. Her foundation, The Lilies Foundation, supports Lilies of the Field Academy, which provides after-school support, enrichment, and cultural programs for over 120 children. Plans are underway currently helping to build a new, state-of-the art primary school in 2021, which will serve the local community.
Matthew Wiggin is a graduate of College of Santa Fe with a BFA in Musical Theater and is currently working on his Masters in Arts Administration from the University of Connecticut. At Snow Pond, Matthew is Co-Director of New England Music Camp and helps coordinate the summer music series. A member of Actors’ Equity, Matthew brings a career in theater to Snow Pond. Credits include the National Tour of Legally Blonde, as well as regional productions of Oklahoma!, Grease, Happy Days, Spamalot, The Wedding Singer, Pal Joey, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Carol, Anything Goes, Mame, and Hair. Choreography and Direction credits include productions of Spring Awakening, Sister Act, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, The Miracle Worker, The Women and A Piece of My Heart. During the year, Matthew teaches Theater, Music and Dance at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. He currently lives in Newark, NJ with his husband, Stephen, and their Basset Hound, Norman. He and Stephen are proud to carry on the Snow Pond/NEMC legacy in generation four!
Bill Tortolano is an arts management consultant, arts commission/grants panel member and active freelance violinist in the Washington, DC area. He regularly performs with the Washington Concert Opera, National Gallery Orchestra and Washington Bach Consort (period instruments). He served for over 20 years with The United States Air Force Band, performing at the White House, Vice President’s residence, State Department, Pentagon and other high level venues. Additionally, he served as Chief Flight Arranger, Director for Audience Development and Director of Alumni & Veterans Affairs.
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Michael McCarthy has spent the last twenty-eight summers teaching at the New England Music Camp. He is a freelance choral conductor, adjudicator, clinician and accompanist in the New England/New York area. Choral groups under his direction have been invited to perform at MENC Eastern Division conferences and ACDA state conferences.
A church organist for over forty-six years, Mr. McCarthy has just retired after thirty years as Director of Music and Organist at Saint Joseph Church in Willimantic, Connecticut, where he presided over the historic 37-rank Steer & Turner/Maier organ (built in 1874). He continues to serve as Pontifical Organist for the Diocesan Choir of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich. He is a former Dean of the Northeast Connecticut Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently the chapter’s Sub-Dean and Placement Officer. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. He has been inducted into such honorary and professional fraternities as Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Chi. Mr. McCarthy holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Applied Bassoon from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from The University of Connecticut. He has spent the last forty years working with numerous school and community choirs and theaters.
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Marian Murphy Powell is an accomplished singer and theatrical artist who brings a versatile background to her work on stage and into the teaching studio. A veteran of national Broadway tours and regional theatre productions, her favorite roles include: Cosette in Les Misérables, Christine in Phantom, Mother in Bright Lights, Big City, Marian in The Music Man, Fleur in Esmeralda (world premiere), Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River and Fiona in Brigadoon.
Most recently, she performed the role of Miss Foley to critical acclaim, in the world premiere of Something Wicked This Way Comes. She has been featured with several orchestras around the world, including the Shanghai Symphony and the Concordia Orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center. She has three solo recordings: “This Must Be Love”, a jazz CD “Live at the Saturday Club” with renowned jazz pianist Bill Schmearer, and, “Amazed By You” written by pianist/composer Matthew Quayle. She can also be heard as a guest artist on Gail Levinsky’s recently released “Tipping Point”. Marian holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Performer’s Certificate of Merit from the School of Music at the State University of New York in Fredonia and earned her Actor’s Equity Association membership with the Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s Young Artist Program. As a member of NATS, she is a private voice teacher, is an adjunct vocal instructor at The George School and is a freelancing artist in the greater Philadelphia area. Marian is an alumna of NEMC and has been a member of the faculty for twenty-two years.
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Bethany Niedbala has been connected to NEMC since 2002, when she began as a camper in UpDorm. She has worked as a counselor, in the canteen, and in the music library. Currently, she serves as the Registrar, assisting campers and parents with the admissions process, as well as creating student and faculty schedules during the summer season. During the school year, Bethany is an active violist and music educator, teaching strings in the Greater Boston area. She continues to share NEMC with prospective families and can be seen on the ski slopes in the winter. Bethany’s favorite NEMC memory is watching shooting stars during the final candlelight ceremony!
Stephen Agosto serves as Senior Director of Artistic Engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award. He is a member of the artistic team that shepherded such new musicals as The Honeymooners, The Sting (starring Harry Connick Jr.), Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Half Time (directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell). He served as Associate Director for Beauty and the Beast and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (both with dir. Mark Hoebee) and A Christmas Story (dir. Brandon Ivie) on Paper Mill’s main stage.
Clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg leads a diverse musical life in the New York area as a chamber musician, orchestral player, music educator, and interpreter of new music. A member of Borealis Wind Quintet, Sequitur, the Saratoga Chamber Players, Wind Soloists of New York, the Richardson Chamber Players and the Riverside Symphony, she also regularly performs and tours with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the American Symphony, Mark Morris Dance, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro, and can often be heard playing in a number of different Broadway musicals.
Following her undergraduate years in the combined Tufts University/New England Conservatory dual degree program where she was mentored by Peter Hadcock, Ms. Sternberg continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at The Juilliard School with Charles Neidich.
Currently, Ms. Sternberg serves on the faculty of the Music Performance Program of Princeton University, the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and maintains an active teaching studio from her New York home. Additionally, she serves as an advisor for New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship Program and coaches chamber ensembles for the New York Youth Symphony. In the summer months, Ms. Sternberg lives in Maine where she is the founder and artistic director of The Maine Chamber Music Seminar, teaches and performs at the Chamber Music Conference & Composers’ Forum of the East at Bennington College, and participates in numerous performance residences throughout greater New England. Ms. Sternberg resides in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Rachel Mears is a mother of four who’s love for NEMC started when she was first a camper in 1989. After being a camper
as a percussionist for several years, she became a counselor during summers while studying Child Development at Cornell University.
Her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from John Carroll University and teaching career allowed Rachel to returned to camp as Assistant Girl’s Counselor for a few summers before becoming a mother. While she has never gone a summer since 1989 without visiting NEMC, Rachel is thrilled to be back as Head Girl’s Counselor after having to sit on the sidelines while her children enjoyed being campers. Rachel brings the unique perspective of having lived
many different roles at camp. She can see things from the perspective of being a camper, counselor, Head Counselor, alumni, and most importantly, as a parent. During the school year in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Rachel teaches preschool and serves as a personal driver for her sons, Logan, Cooper and Tucker for their involved hockey, lacrosse, and baseball schedules. When she is not at a hockey rink or a field you can find her at the dance studio while Tatum, her daughter, dances her little heart out.
David Morris will join us as the boy’s head counselor after four years as an NEMC counselor, having worked is each boy’s cabin during that time! During the unusual summer of 2020, David was responsible for the social and recreational activities for the NEMC virtual camp, and was the acting head counselor for the Chamber Music Intensive resident camp. David will also begin the transition to be the NEMC administrator for the BYSO camps in August each year. David graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in music education, and moved back to his hometown of Hallowell, Maine and started teaching at his alma mater. He currently is the High School music teacher at Hall Dale High School in Farmingdale, where he teaches chorus, jazz choir, band, jazz band, and modern band. He cannot wait to return to camp and is excited to continue his counseling work at NEMC.
For 80 years, John’s family has had the privilege of being the stewards of this magical place known as Snow Pond Center for the Arts. As the Director of Snow Pond for the last 8 years, John is the visionary and entrepreneur that has turned Snow Pond from a summer camp to a year-round arts education facility. He has successfully produced notable improvements to learning and education in central Maine by working with local organizations, businesses and civic/community leaders.
Prior to 2007, John spent 30 years in-group disability insurance making revolutionary improvements in how the disability insurance companies provided benefits and services to employers and their employees. From 1985-1996, John worked for Hartford Life, growing the annual premiums from $40 million to almost $1 billion. In 1996 John founded a full service disability reinsurance company and grew premiums to $350 million and managed claim revenues of over $1 billion.
Christa brings a wealth of experience in the areas of marketing, public relations and event planning. She has worked for over 25 years in the field, including 9 years as the Vice President of Marketing for Sotheby’s Chicago. Christa is a visible and active participant in the events and culture of NEMC and Snow Pond and her responsibilities include: implementing annual campaigns; assisting with the cultivation of new prospective donors; overseeing marketing/communication efforts including website/social media; managing special events/fundraisers, and supervising the submission of grant request. She currently sits on the Board of the Reed Trust Fund and was recently nominated to the Board of the Viles Arboretum, in Augusta, Maine.