Gerald Dolan has led NMYO as Music Director since 2011. He held the same position with the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2011. He has brought to the orchestras outstanding leadership and musicianship that has caused significant growth in both the students and the organization. Mr. Dolan was conductor of the Senior Orchestra for eleven years, Wind Ensemble for three years, and is currently conductor of the Intermezzo Orchestra.
Mr. Dolan is the Director of Fine Arts for the Ipswich Public Schools. He is also Director of Bands conducting the High School Concert Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Ensemble. He teaches courses in jazz improvisation, computer music composition, and music theory. Mr. Dolan also conducts the 6th Grade Band.
In 2002, Mr. Dolan was awarded the prestigious Lowell Mason Award, presented by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association to a music educator in Massachusetts who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in music education and has made important contributions to music and music education. In 2003, Gerald Dolan was awarded the George Olmsted, Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from Williams College; seniors from Williams College nominate a secondary school teacher that made a difference in their life. In addition, Mr. Dolan teaches instrumental conducting courses at Gordon College in the Graduate Summer Degree Program.
He holds degrees from St. Michael’s College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a recipient of a 1993 Fulbright Scholarship, Mr. Dolan served as head of music for the Speedwell School, an inner city comprehensive high school in Bristol England.
Trudy Larson founded NMYO in 2011. With her wealth of non-profit experience and expertise in music education, she serves as advisor to the NMYO Board of Directors. In addition, Mrs. Larson is NMYO’s String and Chamber Music Director, providing support for the string sections of four NMYO ensembles.
For the past 32 years, Mrs. Larson has been a private Suzuki teacher and chamber music coach in North Andover, MA. “Service through music” is an important mission for Mrs. Larson. Her students and ensembles frequently perform benefit concerts in the community to support charitable causes.
In 2001, Mrs. Larson was the recipient of the Massachusetts “Private String Teacher of the Year” Award by the Massachusetts American String Teachers’ National String Orchestra Association; an honor that recognizes exemplary dedication and commitment to string education outside of the school systems. She is a member of the Massachusetts Suzuki Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the American String Teachers’ Association.
In addition to her work with NMYO, Mrs. Larson founded the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1991 and served as its Executive Director from 1991-2008. She also founded, and currently serves as Executive Director of Up With Music, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves nearly 100 children in Lawrence through a successful “Community Strings” Program. Mrs. Larson conducts the Lawrence Youth String Ensemble and has been instrumental in organizing and fundraising for this program. In the summer months, Mrs. Larson directs a string camp that serves string players from Lawrence and other surrounding areas.
Dr. Walter Pavasaris has conducted NMYO’s Symphony Orchestra since 2011. He held the same position with Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2011. Dr. Pavasaris graduated from Hartt College of Music, earned an M.M. in String Instruments from the University of Michigan, and his Ed.D. from Boston University. He currently serves on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music in Music Education. He also is Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and Adjunct faculty at Gordon College. Until June 2009, Dr. Pavasaris was the Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts in the Lexington Public Schools.
Dr. Pavasaris continues to be active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout New England. In 1992, and from 1999-2001, he was the guest conductor of the United States Youth Ensemble String Orchestra during their European tours. In 1992 Dr. Pavasaris was the recipient of the Paul Smith "Conductor of the Year Award" from MICCA, and in 1996 the Massachusetts Music Educators Association acknowledged his many contributions to music and music education by bestowing on him the Lowell Mason Award. In 2007 he received the Massachusetts Music Educators Association 'Visionary Leadership Award' and in 2009 the prestigious 'Distinguished Service Award'.
Abigail Haynes holds the bachelor of music in voice performance from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. While at Gordon, Abigail was a member of the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and played violin in the Gordon Chamber Music Program which was led by James Buswell and Carol Ou. She was violin soloist with the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001. Raised as a Suzuki violin student, and participant in the long term Suzuki teacher training program at the Hartt School of Music with teacher-trainer Linda Fiore, Ms. Haynes has been teaching violin and voice lessons privately since she was a college student. She is a registered Suzuki teacher in Books 1 through 4 and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Haynes participated in the Hartt Suzuki Institute during the summer of 2006. She has also sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was a soloist in the Lubbock Chorale performance of Handel's Messiah in 2004, and has performed with the professional choir Lyricora all over the state of Massachusetts. Abigail Haynes maintains a private violin studio and is mother to three young daughters.
A native of Northern California, Sarah M. Skinner began playing the violin at the age of 13. She was a three-time winner of the Music in the Mountains Young Musicians’ Competition and a featured soloist in the Music in the Mountains Fall Festival concert series, as well as a soloist with the Gordon College Symphony Orchestra on two occasions. As a freelancer, Ms. Skinner performs regularly with orchestras throughout the greater Boston area, and has performed in distinctive venues, including Boston's Symphony Hall. In addition to her orchestral and freelancing work, she maintains a full private studio and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Skinner holds a master's degree in violin performance from the Boston Conservatory. Her principal teachers have included James Buswell and Sharan Leventhal.
Flutist Trisha Craig received the Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and the Master of Music in Flute Performance from Longy School of Music, where she studied with Robert Willoughby. She is the Owner and Director of Music Makers, a small music school on the NH Seacoast, and also teaches flute at The Governor’s Academy and the Ted Herbert Music School. Ms. Craig specializes in 20th Century and contemporary repertoire, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings throughout the region. She was the first winner of the Robert Willoughby Baroque Flute Scholarship, through which she studied baroque flute with Carol Epple. Her students have won awards at the local, regional and national levels, and have been accepted to some of the finest music colleges in the country.
David W. Rox is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where since 1981 he has conducted many instrumental ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Brass Choir, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble. During this time he has also taught lower brass and instrumental music education courses. He holds an undergraduate degree from Gordon College in Music Education, and M.M. and Ed.D. degrees from Boston University. Prior to conducting NMYO’s Wind Ensemble, he served as its Musical Advisor.
Dr. Rox has conducted ensembles in many important venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has served as a public and private school music consultant, festival conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for concert bands, jazz bands, and brass ensembles throughout New England. From 1995 until 2002 he served as Music Director of the Middlesex Concert Band. He has been a guest conductor for the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Massachusetts Music Educators Association District Festivals, and for similar district honors bands throughout the region. Dr. Rox is a Past-President of the New England College Band Association. In addition to his musical activities, he is actively involved in church work in the North Shore area.
Corey is an active clarinet and saxophone player on the North Shore, performing frequently in both classical and jazz settings. He taught clarinet for two summers at Camp Encore/Coda (Sweden, ME), and taught woodwinds privately for six years. Since turning his attention to conducting, he has participated in master classes with Alan McMurray, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, Michael Haithcock, Dr. Stephen Peterson, Glen Adsit, and Anthony Maiello.
Robert J. Bradshaw's (1970) compositions have been performed and recorded throughout the world, from Bangkok, Thailand, to Sydney, Australia. In America, his music has been heard in many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center and during The Kennedy Center's 2010 International VSA Festival at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall.
A frequent recipient of awards and grants, Mr. Bradshaw's music, master classes and projects have been supported by noteworthy arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, MetLife Creative Connections program, American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Harvard Musical Association, Harpley Foundation, Argosy Foundation, The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, and The Goldhirsh Foundation. Mr. Bradshaw is also a member of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), Society of Composers Inc., National Association of Composers, American Music Center, the Performing Arts Alliance, the American Composers Forum and the Recording Academy (New York Chapter).
Commissions from numerous organizations, ensembles and artists have kept Mr. Bradshaw's music frequently on the stage since 1989. Commissions include works for the James
Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, the New England String Ensemble Musical Heritage Initiative and the American String Teachers Association with NSOA. Of particular note is the Australian Trumpet Guild's commission of the opera ".Gabriel"(www.gabrieltheopera.com) which has also been honored with a grant from the American Music Center (CAP), named winner of a Boston Metro Opera Mainstage Award, recorded by the Palmetto Camerata and was premiered in concert at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, 2010, courtesy of Opera Australia and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Bradshaw's discography lists more than seventeen commercially released CDs representing a wide variety of genres including opera, cantata, concerto, sonata, sonatina, solo and chamber ensemble. Compositions such as “Sonata No. 1” for trumpet (www.sonatapremiereproject.info) , which was premiered by a consortium of soloists and ensembles around the globe, have had the honor of being recorded my multiple artists.
Mr. Bradshaw has scored more than twenty-five film, television, radio and multimedia projects. His most recent project, Public Museum, was selected as a featured short film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and shown at ArtPrize