5/23 – A Letter from NMS Board Chair, Amity Doolittle – Dan Gurvich Steps Down as Executive Director

To the NMS Family:

With gratitude and regret, we write to inform you that Dan Gurvich has announced his resignation as Executive Director of Neighborhood Music School, effective June 14. Over the past four years, Dan has led the School through a period of financial challenge and programmatic renewal. Dan and his team’s accomplishments include strengthening the NMS brand through an emphasis on customer-centric messaging, visual appeal and digital channels, stabilizing enrollment in core programs, and launching ATLAS (Academic Theatre Lab on Audubon Street), a pioneering independent middle school where academic subjects are taught through theatrical production.

Dan also oversaw the development of new tuition-free community programs, including the After School Arts Academy for Grades 3-5 and DELTA (Developing and Empowering Leadership Through the Arts) for Grades 6-12. Through these programs and others, NMS has more than doubled the number of students participating in its tuition-free and financial aid programs.

Dan has said that NMS is “more than a place to take piano or guitar lessons. It is an extraordinary, nurturing community that profoundly impacts hundreds of lives each year and makes New Haven a better place to live.“
“I was privileged to be a part of this special organization and to work with so many wonderful, dedicated people. I will always cherish the friendships I’ve made here.”

As NMS prepares for a new and exciting chapter ahead, please join us in thanking Dan for his service to NMS and wishing him the best of luck!


Amity Doolittle
NMS Board Chair