Staff


Sherri Snow has been leading the NEMPAC organization as Executive Director for over four years. Since her involvement, the organization has doubled it’s operating budget and increased programming to better meet the needs of the community. Having founded new programming, NEMPAC’s impact is even greater. These programs include School Partnership Outreach programs, the Children’s Music Theatre Troupe, the Summer and Winter Concert Series, the Group Private Instruction Program, and co-founded the Opera Project.  Ms. Snow has developed relationships with many local organizations as well to create a greater, more powerful influence in the Boston community. These relationships include the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Education Program, St. Joseph’s Society, Charlestown Working Theater, The Improv Asylum, the St. John Catholic School, Good Shepherd School and the Eliot Innovation School. Under her leadership, NEMPAC has grown to from serving 290 students per week (2012) to serve over 1,200 students per week (2017). The organization has received over $50,000 in annual grant funding from government and private foundations, and has increased the overall presence of art and culture in the North End / Waterfront community with professional events and concerts.

Ms. Snow was recently awarded the St. Joseph Society Musical Achievement Award in September 2016, and was the winner of the 2017 City of Boston SPARK Impact Award in Community Development. She received her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and her Bachelors Degree in Music from Boston University. Ms. Snow is excited to be leading NEMPAC, a true ‘gem’ of the neighborhood, as a highly-established, respectable community arts organization. She continues to sing professionally with local Boston opera organizations and at private events. 

Contact: ssnow@nempacboston.org / 617-227-2270


Manda Shepherd, Educational Programs Director Headshot

Manda Shepherd, Education Program Director, has been involved with NEMPAC since the Fall 2015 session. During her first year she began teaching several piano and clarinet students, and aided in the marketing of some of NEMPAC’s exciting concert series. Before joining the NEMPAC team, Manda has worked in nonprofit development and administration for over four years. As a Development Coordinator and Associate with the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Brooke Charter Schools, Manda created new organizational systems and data management projects that enhanced the productivity of her team. Her involvement as co-chair of major events such as An Evening with Angela Lansbury, An Evening with Her Royal Highness, Princess Michael of Kent, and The Annual Dinner with Mary Matalin and James Carville resulted in record-breaking ticket sales and heightened patron satisfaction.

As Manda worked in the exciting world of nonprofit development, she also started and managed a private piano and clarinet studio of over thirty students. She created inspiring curriculums for private students and group courses, and in the spring of 2015 she began hosting two recitals per year that would feature all of her students incredible talent.

Manda received a Master’s in Science (MS) for Performing Arts Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University. She completed a Bachelor’s in Music for Clarinet Performance from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. With her unique experience with performance, administration, and teaching Manda is excited to become more involved with NEMPAC as it continues to grow and flourish!

Contact: mshepherd@nempacboston.org / 617-227-2270


 

Rebecca Miller, Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project

As the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera ProjectRebecca is committed to producing high-quality opera in urban spaces. The project produces operas that excite audiences, artists, and the greater community.  Last June, Rebecca directed La Cenerentola in Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall. Previously with NEMAPC, Rebecca assistant stage directed and fight choreographed La Bohème, and served as the program and stage director for NEMPAC’s Summer Children’s Musical Theater during summer 2014. She’s looking forward to the June 2018 Opera! 

Other directing credits include a staged reading of Sean Crawford’s Blue Moon (Hub Theatre Co.), short plays for The Boston Theater Marathon, Open Theatre Project’s SLAMBoston, and Trinity Repertory Company’s Write Here, Write Now! Festival. Assistant directing credits include Dog Paddle (Bridge Rep of Boston), Mud Blue Sky (Bridge Rep of Boston, dir. Bridget Kathleen O’Leary), The Love of the Nightingale (Hub Theatre Co.), and Oliver! (Trinity Rep, dir. Richard and Sharon Jenkins). She also fight choreographedART” with Hub Theatre Co. of Boston, and curated and moderated talkback series for Bridge Rep’s productions of The Forgetting CurveJulius Caesar, and Salomé.

Rebecca is also a playwright.  In April 2017, she workshopped her play, Amaranthine with The Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, RI.  Amaranthine began as her senior thesis project at Brandeis University in 2013. There, she was awarded Highest Honors and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play. During Summer 2016, Rebecca co-founded partingline [theatre company] and produced Amaranthine at FringePVD. Following that production, Amaranthine was workshopped and expanded at The Wilbury Theatre Group. The staged reading on February 1, 2016, also featured live, original music and was directed by Artistic Associate, Kate Kataja.

Rebecca has worked at a variety of theatre companies and arts organizations, including SpeakEasy Stage Company, Trinity Repertory Company, The North End Music & Performing Arts Center, The Katz Company, The Broadway League, and The Actors Fund.

Rebecca received her BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and holds a certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University. Currently, Rebecca serves as the Development Events Associate at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

 


Mary Claire Cross, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

A recent graduate from Tufts University, Mary Claire Cross is excited to be joining the NEMPAC team! Throughout her time at Tufts she was involved in multiple music performing groups such as B.E.A.T.s Percussion Group and Kiniwe African music ensemble, and worked as a publicity and marketing assistant in the Granoff Music Center box office. She now spends her free time drumming with the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society.


Christina Wright-Ivanova, Artistic Director of NEMPAC Winter Concert Series

Hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner” (Huffington Post), Christina Wright-­Ivanova is an American pianist and vocal coach. She joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal Coach/Collaborative Artist in 2015. She has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, the UK, Canada, South America and China. Christina has performed solo and collaborative new works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MIT’s Killian Hall, Jordan Hall, Old South Meeting House, Harvard Club, College Music Society Conferences (Potsdam 2014/Boston 2015), Clutch New Music series in Austin, Texas, and Steve Reich Festival in Boston, where she worked with the composer. International concert performances include appearances at Reaktorhalle (Munich, Germany), Humboldt University (Berlin), École Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France), Joanneumsviertel Museum (Graz, Austria), Amici della Musica Paisello Concert Hall (Lucera, Italy), and Schloss Frohnburg (Salzburg). Recordings on ARS Produktion (violin/piano), New Dynamic Records (flute/piano/chamber music), MSR Classics (soprano/piano). Heard on Deutschland Radio, WDR3 Kultur Radio, WRUV (Vermont), BR Klassik (Munich), Radio Caracas (Venezuela), Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Former faculty, American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria; Coach at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra; German Coach at Franco-­‐American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg. Former Staff Pianist and vocal coach at Boston University. DMA, University of Texas at Austin; MMus, New England Conservatory; BMus, University of Victoria, Canada; additional studies as Crear Scholar with Malcolm Martineau (Scotland, 2015).

 


Rebecca Rapoport-Cole: Artistic Advisor of the NEMPAC Opera Project 

Canadian Mezzo Soprano, Rebecca Rapoport-Cole is a performer, educator and artistic administrator living in Boston, MA. At home on the operatic stage, Rebecca’s recent roles include, Mercédès (Carmen) with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Longy Opera School, Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Bay Area Summer Operatic Theatre Institute (BASOTI), Ms. Nolan (The Medium) with the Longy Opera School, Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) both with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Bradamante (Alcina) with the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Isaura (Tancredi) and Sesto (Giulio Cesare) both with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre Toronto.

Rebecca’s recent concert performances include Song of the Gilded Age, a concert with New England Light Opera and The New England GIlbert and Sullivan Society, a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Paul Madore Chorale (Alto soloist), and was a featured soloist with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in their 2014, Summer Concert Series, including, Bella Notte- Italian Opera Favorites, and a Shakespeare Celebration, both at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Recently, Rebecca has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition, 2014, was a 2014 semi-finalist for the Chicago Oratorio award, and a 2014 semi-finalist for the American Prize in Voice.

Rebecca’s 2013-2014 concert year included performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem (under the baton of Maestro Max Hobart) with the Paul Madore Chorale, as well as several engagements with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, including their annual, Amore concert, jazz concerts, and fundraising concerts. Recently, Rebecca had the pleasure of performing in the original production, Tracing the Line, a special performance piece created for the Peabody Essex Museum, conducted by Maestro Matthew Aucoin and directed by Victoria Crutchfield. Rebecca was the Alto soloist in the premiere of a new Requiem by composer Douglas Anderson and continues to perform with the Opera on Tap- Boston Chapter, as an artist on the Mezzo- Soprano roster.

In addition to her academic training, Rebecca has been a participant in several young artist programs and workshops including, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, The Banff Center for the Arts, Mount Orford Music Academy, Opera Nuova, Songfest, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Toronto Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and the Bay Area Summer Operatic Theatre Institute (BASOTI). Rebecca’s European training includes Centro Studi Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts, specialty in music), The Longy Opera Center (Master of Opera) and the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio program.

Rebecca is on faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, as well as Watertown Children’s Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project, currently entering it’s fourth season.

www.rebeccarapoportcole.com

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