Violinist Avi Nagin is an active recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has performed in collaboration with members of the Ebène and Orion Quartets, as well as with Paul Coletti, Benny and Eric Kim, and Ronald Leonard. A recent graduate of The Colburn School and the Yale School of Music, Avi’s performances have brought him to stages across the country, including Carnegie Hall and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.  He has appeared at prestigious masterclasses and workshops around the world, including at Carnegie Hall led by pianist Leon Fleisher, where he also worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank.  Avi has also twice attended the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England, where he appeared in masterclasses for András Keller and Philippe Graffin, as well as legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis.  During his time as a student, Avi held leadership positions in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestral, Aspen Chamber Symphony, and New York Youth Symphony.  Since then has has become Principal 2nd Violin of Symphony in C, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the Norwalk Symphony, section violin with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Artosphere Festival Orchestral, and has also appeared with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.  He has also attended festivals including Kneisel Hall, Lake George Music Festival, and the Heifetz Institute. Avi’s principal teachers include Ani Kavafian, Robert Lispett, Daniel Phillips, and Ann Setzer, and he has studied chamber music with Arnold Steinhardt, Sylvia Rosenberg and Paul Coletti.  In addition to his performance activities, Avi is an active educator, and along with his private teaching he serves on the chamber music faculty of the New York Youth Symphony and was previously a “Teaching Artist” with Yale University’s Music in Schools Initiative.  

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Nigel Armstrong is emerging as a dynamic and creative artist both within and beyond the realm of classical music. From his musical beginnings as a member of "The Little Fiddlers" in Sonoma, CA to collaborations with tango musicians in Argentina he's enjoyed using the violin in a versatile manner throughout his life.

As soloist Nigel has performed with orchestras such as the Dusseldorf Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, and the Boston Pops, and with conductors including Sir Neville Marriner and Carlos Miguel Prieto. He received the 2nd Prize, the Ole Bull Prize, and the Nordheim Award at the 2010 Menuhin Competition Senior Division in Oslo, Norway, and got the 4th Prize plus the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work (STOMP, by John Corigliano) at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. As a chamber musician his concerts have taken him across the US and abroad--highlights have included opportunities to share the stage with the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss. 
Nigel feels fortunate to have had the chance to explore great orchestral literature throughout his career. Since 2009 he's appeared as concertmaster with the Colburn Orchestra, LA's American Youth Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, and the New York String Orchestra in their annual Carnegie hall performances. Beginning in the 2016/17 season he serves as concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony.

A graduate of the Colburn School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Nigel's teachers have included Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Lipsett, Zaven Melikian, and Donald Weilerstein, among others. He also recently had the opportunity to live with and learn from the Plum Village community founded by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, where he spent a year working on their organic farm and taking part in their daily life, an experience for which he continues to be grateful.

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2018 FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

Reports to:
Beverly Naiditch, Director of Operations
Chris Williams, Executive Director

The Front of House Manager is responsible for key pieces of day-to-day operations at Eastern Music Festival, primarily as they relate to concert preparation, patron services and ticketing/box office.

2018 ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

REPORTS TO:
Beverly Naiditch, Director of Operations

The Assistant to the Director of Operations supports the activities of the Director of Operations in overseeing day-to-day operation of the Festival, guest artist logistics, and other key functions. Specific areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

Festival Operations

2018 MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
(2 positions available)

REPORTS TO: 
Cathy Weaver, Public Relations Specialist

The Media and Communications Associates serve EMF as a key summer team members, working under the close supervision of the Public Relations Specialist and other EMF administrative staff. 

2018 ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
(2 Positions Available)

 

REPORTS TO: 
Charley Bryant, Stage Manager

2018 Assistant Front of House Manager
 

Reports to:
Front of House Manager
Beverly Naiditch, Director of Operations

The Assistant Front of House Manager reports directly to the Front of House Manager and indirectly to the Director of Operations (Beverly Naiditch).  This staff member assists on a number of key concert related production fronts, including: 

2018 OUTREACH/PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR

Reports to:
Beverly Naiditch, Director of Operations
Melissa Edwards, Director of Admissions and Education

The Outreach/Performance Coordinator will perform the responsibilities described below and will also be available to assist staff for special projects as assigned and as their main assignment permits.

2018 ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENTS

REPORTS TO:
Calvin Jenkins, Dean of Students
Melissa Edwards, Director of Education and Admissions

The Associate Dean of Students, Dean of Students and the counseling staff provide EMF students with support and guidance as they meet the daily challenges of the program.

2018 ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

REPORTS TO:
Chris Williams, Executive Director

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