SHERRI SNOW | Executive Director
Leading the NEMPAC organization now for over four years, Ms. Snow supports NEMPAC’s mission and growth in the North End / Waterfront neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods of Boston. Ms. Snow started her career as an artist and later took the leadership role at NEMPAC after years of successful implementation of new programs and artistic projects. These includes a youth music theatre program (now the NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe), a school outreach program (now serving over five neighboring public and private schools in the area), a winter concert series featuring professional musicians and artists in the Boston area, an outdoor summer concert series free and open to the public, and the NEMPAC Opera Project. Under Ms. Snow’s leadership, the NEMPAC organization has built capacity by providing artistic professional opportunities to hundreds of artists and musicians per year, growing it’s educational programs and partnerships to serve over 1,200 students per week, and to promote the integration of the arts across other disciplines including public health, athletics, and tourism. As of September 2017, the organization has doubled its annual operating budget since 2012 and is now considered a mid-sized non-profit with an annual operating budget of over $500,000. As a participant of music programming at a young age, Ms. Snow understands the power of artistic programming in a community. She has aimed to enhance the rich history of the North End neighborhood by making one of Boston’s most treasured neighborhoods a destination for art and culture.
Ms. Snow 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. She was a finalist and winner of the 2016 Mayor Martin J. Walsh Spark Impact Award for her Leadership and Community Engagement. She was recognized and presented the St. Joseph’s Society 2016 Musical Achievement Award. In addition to leading the NEMPAC organization, Ms. Snow continues to teach music privately and engages in a couple performing events per year.
MANDA SHEPHERD | Educational Programs Director
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 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!
Rose-Marie joined the NEMPAC team as a Branding & Marketing Manager in 2017. She has a deep appreciation for the Arts, having studied Music for seven year as a child (piano and choir), and later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Branding & Web Design from Boston University.
She has over 15+ years of experience working in various roles including Project Management, Brand Management, Creative Direction, Graphic Design, and Training in the Financial, Research, Medical, and Educational industries. Rose-Marie’s background and skills set have taught her the importance of being proactive and thinking “creatively” outside the box.
Enthusiastic, collaborative, and adaptable, she is a hands-on, detail-oriented Manager with experience in digital, mobile and print for Global Marketing Communications. With a strong sense of ownership, Rose-Marie helps lead, manage and design projects and initiatives for Creative, Marketing, and Events to maximize efficiencies and achieve focused results.
Mary-Alexandra has been a part of the NEMPAC team since August 2017. Mrs. Onstad graduated with her Graduate Diploma in Voice and Opera Studies from the New England Conservatory where she found a new love of educational outreach and arts administration. While she attended NEC, she was the opera fellow for the Community Performances and Partnerships program as well as an education outreach performer, taking opera and various other genres into schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
Before starting her time here at NEMPAC, Mary-Alexandra performed various administrative roles in development, business development and children’s mental health and healthcare. Her different roles gave her various opportunities for event planning, marketing, and detailed administrative work.
Mary-Alexandra is also an active performer in the New England region, a voice/ piano instructor here at NEMPAC as well as runs a separate private studio for voice/piano and acting and serves as the Director of Development for MetroWest Opera. Mary-Alexandra received her Master of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory and her Bachelor of Music from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
REBECCA MILLER | Artistic Director, NEMPAC Opera Project
As the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project, Rebecca 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. This June, she will produce and stage direct Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio.
Rebecca is also a playwright currently workshopping Amaranthine with
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 choreographed“ART” with Hub Theatre Co. of Boston, and curated and moderated talkback series for Bridge Rep’s productions of The Forgetting Curve, Julius Caesar, and Salomé.
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. Currently, Rebecca serves as the Development Events Associate at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
CHRISTINA WRIGHT-IVANOVA | Artistic Director, Bijou de la Vida Professional Musicians Gallery Series
Ms. Ivanova, hailed by critics as “a brilliant collaborative pianist” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner” (Huffington Post), is currently Assistant Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Piano/Collaborative Piano at Keene State College, New Hampshire. Dr. Wright-Ivanova has significant experience as both an instrumental and vocal collaborative artist, and frequently performs solo recitals with a special focus on new music.
She is on faculty at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, and has previously worked at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, the Boston University School of Music and the BU Tanglewood Institute Opera Intensive (BUTI), American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg. She was also previously Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
She has performed as a chamber musician throughout the USA, Australia, UK, Europe, Canada, China and South America, appearing in recital with many established artists, including Tchaikovsky Competition Bronze medal cellist Bion Tsang, virtuoso violinist Yevgeny Kutik, Israel Philharmonic violinist Sharon Cohen, and Joachim International Violin competition winner Dami Kim. As a Guest Pianist-in-Residence with Venezuela’s classical music program, El Sistema, she taught classes, worked with emerging young artists and was interviewed on TV, newspaper, and radio broadcasts throughout the country. A critically-acclaimed CD with violinist Kathrin ten Hagen entitled ‘Eastern Impressions’ was released under the German label, ARS Produktion. She has been heard on Deutschland Radio, WDR3 Kultur Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR Klassik, Munich), Radio Caracas (Venezuela), WORD Madison, WRUV Radio Vermont, and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). She also recorded a series of demos for Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) soundtrack for the movie ‘The Master’ (Western LLC, 2012). The 2017/18 season includes recitals in the USA, Italy, Germany, and Bulgaria.
She has premiered over twenty works by living composers and feels strongly about performing, teaching and promoting new music. She has performed both solo and collaborative new works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Harvard Club, Opera America (NY), New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Old North Meeting House, Clutch New Music series in Austin TX, NEXTET series, the NEON Festival in Las Vegas, and the Steve Reich Festival in Boston, where she worked with the composer. Recent international concert performances at the Teatro Sociale in Como (Italy), Reaktorhalle (Munich, Germany), Humboldt University (Berlin), École Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France), Joanneumsviertel Museum (Graz, Austria), Amici della Musica Paisello Concert Hall (Lucera, Italy), and the Schloss Frohnburg (Salzburg).
A chamber music CD recording with ‘Juventas New Music Ensemble’ entitled “Spectres” was recently released on New World Records, and a CD of new art songs by Daniel Carr is recorded on MSR Classics.
For the past four years, she has served as the Artistic Director for the ‘Bijou de la Vida Concert Series’, serving Little Italy and the North End community in Boston. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM) and the University of Victoria, Canada (BM). www.christinajwright.com
STEFANO MARCHESE | Artistic Director, NEMPAC Summer Concert Series
Stefano’s music background began at an early age when he started playing classical guitar and singing. He soon started listening to popular jazz and soul singers who influenced his learning and performances. From his town, Pescara (Italy), where he was born and raised, he moved to Rome (Italy) to attend “Corrado Pani Arts Accademy” and then graduated in Literature at “Roma Tre University”. In Rome, he was a Soloist in many groups like “Unbound Voices Gospel Choir”, “All Music Big Band” and because of them he had the opportunity to perform in many important stages like “Varese International Gospel Festival”, “Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival”, “Alexander Platz Jazz Club” and worked for RAI Television as well. He worked as a Vocal Coach and Music Director for private schools like “Ars Nova School of Music” (Colleferro, Rome), “Accademia della Musica” (Rome), “Jobel Teatro-Arteam School of Art” (Rome), and many others. He had the opportunity to teach in Public schools like “Dante Alighieri” (Pescara) and “Liceo Scientifico Galieo Galilei” (Pescara), realizing many music projects sponsored by the Governament. After this period he wanted to expand his musical horizons and moved to Boston where he graduated in 2013 from Berklee College of Music, majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production.
In his career academy he received many awards and scholarships. Stefano also had the pleasure to study and perform with wonderful musicians and artists such as Bill Elliot, Bob Stoloff, David Scott, Joey Blake, Norma Winston, JD Walter, Donna McElroy, Barry Harris, Cinzia Spata, Maria Pia De Vito and the Grammy Awarded Patrice Rushen, to name a few. With Cinzia Spata, he had also the opportunity to collaborate at her book “Jazz Vocal” (Volonte’ & CO., Milano, 2010) which is now one of the most popular vocal technique books in Italy. Since 2011 he has been performing with the Vocal Group “The Singing Tribe”. In 2012 he had been selected as an arranger for Luis Enrique “The Prince of Salsa” and he had the pleasure to arrange for the Whitney Houston Tribute, he also writes for many artists and groups like Franco Corso, Modular Art Collective Ensamble and many others. Stefano is a member of the A Cappella group Sung Deep since 2012 where he got to experience more cultural diversity in music. Jazz was not Stefano’s only interest and thanks to his studies he had the opportunity to explore many projects including writing jingles for advertisements and television and for small and large ensembles and film scoring. His passion for performing led him to sing in many places around the world with his own compositions.