The Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra has a steering committee that provides oversight to the program, plans events, and provides support to the conductor. The successful function of the orchestra relies on a number of dedicated volunteers outside the committee, from the music librarian to those who bring snacks for concert receptions! If you’d like to get involved please email us.
Jean Campbell, Event Coordinator
Louis Cornell, Registrar
Bill Edgerton, Chair
Betsy Gonnerman, Scribe
Mark Nelson, Program Chair
Erin Smith, Publicity
Ben Van Vliet
Section Reps – 2020
Bass / Rebecca Haynes
Bassoon, Clarinet, and Oboe / Christine Matson
Cello / Jean Campbell
Flute and Piccolo / Anne Cragin
Horn / Aimee Minbiole
Percussion / David Perlman
Trumpet, Trombone, & Tuba / Jim Laffan
Violin 1 / Richard Adams
Violin 2 and Viola / Betsy Gonnerman
The Role of the Section Representatives is to:
- Meet and greet new players and introduce them to the rest of the section. Make sure they feel welcome throughout the year.
- Introduce Mark so he can welcome them to the Orchestra.
- Give them the Member Handbook (available at the front of the rehearsal room) and tell them about our web page: uvmusic.org/uvco.
- Forward their name, address, email, and telephone number to Louis for record keeping.
- Help with any questions or concerns, and if needed, contact Mark or Bill (Steering Committee Chair) for follow-up.
A multifaceted musician with wide-ranging musical interests, Mark Nelson has over 30 years’ experience conducting instrumental and choral ensembles in schools, colleges, and communities. He developed the instrumental-music program at Lake Forest College, led brass, chamber, and new-music ensembles at Wabash College, directed the orchestra at the Webb Schools, and conducted performances of Company, Les Misérables, The Threepenny Opera, and Working at various sites. He has launched electronic-music programs at two colleges and three independent secondary schools. With degrees from Yale (B.A.), Princeton (Ph.D.), and Harvard (Ed.M.), and having undertaken additional graduate study of Javanese gamelan and South Indian classical music at Wesleyan, he is deeply committed to promoting among ensemble members, audiences, and students of music theory, composition, and history the joys of musical discovery.