YOUTH ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR
Nell Wiener is an educator, musician, and arranger based in southwestern New Hampshire. She brings 15 years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music across elementary, middle, and high school levels, working with students from their very beginning moments all the way through their development into confident, capable musicians. She enjoys weaving in elements of history and music theory into her teaching, inviting students to broaden their contextual understanding and engage more deeply with the music. Young musicians appreciate the upbeat and collaborative environment of her ensembles, along with the engaging musical programming she brings. Playing in orchestras has been a constant presence in Nell’s life since childhood; she’s been a proud member of the viola section in many youth and community ensembles over the years, and with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra she is honored to work with the next generation of musicians within one of the oldest community orchestra organizations in the country!
Nell holds a BA in Music from Wellesley College, where she studied music theory with Martin Brody and conducting with Lisa Graham. She worked for many years at Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH, teaching music as well as serving in faculty leadership. Currently she teaches music at Gathering Waters Charter School in Keene and maintains a private studio teaching violin and viola.