We are delighted to announce that Vicky Reeve has been named our new Piano Department Chair. Vicky is a highly respected and successful teacher, experienced administrator and active performer. Since joining the piano faculty six years ago, she has demonstrated incredible commitment to the school by working to recruit new students, actively participating in student and faculty performances and competitions, strengthening programs, organizing faculty gatherings, and keeping us well-fed with her delicious baked goods. Vicky’s combination of dedication to NMS and a deep commitment to all things piano are sure to bring a promising future to the NMS piano department.
In her new role, Vicky is succeeding beloved NMS teacher Mary Bloom, the former Piano Chair and Head of Music Education, who now holds the expanded role of NMS Director of Education. In addition to her ongoing teaching duties, Mary will work to ensure the quality and consistency of the educational experience across all of our programs and departments. Mary will grapple with topics such as instructional technology, student assessment, social/emotional learning and faculty hiring and development– among many others. The evolution of Mary’s position will help us safeguard our most important attribute – the quality of our teaching.
Shantel Garcia, who joined NMS late 2016 as Financial Controller, has been promoted to Director of Finance & Administration. A New Haven native with a background in the arts, Shantel holds an MBA from the University of New Haven. In her short time at NMS, Shantel has demonstrated a commitment to our mission and people, a strategic outlook, and a tireless enthusiasm for improving all aspects of our administrative infrastructure. As Financial Controller, Shantel oversaw a successful audit, and has already generated many thousands of dollars in cost savings for the school. In her expanded role, Shantel will lead the Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Facilities functions at NMS.
We are excited to announce that longtime Administrative Assistant (“Desk #2”) Tanya Louis is transitioning to the Finance Team as our new Billing and Financial Aid Coordinator. Tanya has been a part of the NMS Community for over 17 years in our Student Services Department – and as an NMS parent. In her new position, she will provide families with a single point of contact regarding payment options, billing inquiries and processing financial aid applications. Tanya’s role will also enable our Placement team to focus on what they do best. Please join us in congratulating Tanya as she transitions into her new role.
Brandon Gallego also recently transitioned to the Finance team in the role of Bookkeeper. Brandon, who is working toward a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management at the University of New Haven, will also be leading a number of special strategic initiatives for NMS.
Professional opera singer and Yale School of Music alum Aaron Sorensen joined Crystal Neuhauser’s team this past fall, replacing Brandon Gallego as Philanthropic Partnerships Associate. If you see a bow tie, or hear the rumble of a deep bass voice… that’ll be Aaron.