Executive Director, Lindsay Rinaldi

         Lindsay Rinaldi was appointed as the Executive Director of the Nashua Community Music School in July of 2014. Rinaldi is always on the hunt for new and exciting ways to uphold the NCMS mission of providing a broad spectrum of learning, listening, and performance opportunities in music with the finest teachers available.

          Over the past 5 years, Rinaldi has lead NCMS to new heights by supplying new inspiration and direction that has incited exponential growth and enhanced musical opportunities. Since 2014, Rinaldi has worked tirelessly to establish a string program, an active scholarship campaign, an enhanced student recital series, a Music Therapy Program, and a wide range of Music Outreach Programming that travels throughout the Greater Nashua Region bringing music to those who need it most.  "These unique components are essential to a community music school experience in Nashua." Rinaldi explains.  These efforts have been rewarded by increased student enrollment and retention, support from area businesses and a grant support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Nashua Arts Commission, The Rock On Foundation, just to name a few...

            Prior to assuming her new position, Lindsay Rinaldi served as a NCMS voice instructor since 2009. This gave Rinaldi unique insight into how the organization prior to assuming administrative responsibilities. “Being a teacher first has given me the background to provide superb quality assurance in all of our NCMS programs,” Rinaldi says. She is often involved in the constant innovation and creation of new curriculum in partnership with the faculty. “As a community music school, our programs are a team effort. We are always striving to find new ways to our refine our programs so that we can really make our students shine.”  Her dedication to teaching excellence and unparalleled enthusiasm are clearly rewarded by excellent student retention, exceptional student performances and outstanding student success in all musical endeavors throughout the greater Nashua area. 

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Contact Lindsay via email: lindsay.rinaldi@nashuacms.org

Rinaldi has years of experience assisting in the creation of new music programs and increased student enrollment for all ages throughout different schools in the greater New England Area including, but not limited to, Rivier University, Southern New Hampshire University, The Bedford Youth Performing Company and The Yamaha Music School of Boston.  She has also gained helpful insight into non-profit management through her role as the West Suburban YMCA Summer Camp Registrar.  Ms. Rinaldi has a MM in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music, a BM in Voice Performance from the University of Maine, where she graduated with High Honors and as a member of the Pi Kappa Lamda and Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Societies. Ms. Rinaldi is also an Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Music Education at Southern New Hampshire University, and currently serves as a Chair of the Nashua Arts Commission and is deeply involved on the Steering Committee for the Nashua Performing Arts Center.

 

Assistant Director,

Tori Caruso

Tori graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BM in Music Therapy and has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist for five years.

She began working as a voice teacher and Music Therapist at the Nashua Community Music School in 2016 and instantly wanted to be more involved with the wonderful community of faculty and students here in Nashua.

During her time at NCMS, Tori was also serving the Special Needs Communities in Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts, providing group sessions and private sessions in schools and homes throughout that area.

After years of managing her own Music Therapy business, Tori is excited to step into this new position of Assistant Director and hopes to continue to help the school grow.

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School Registrar,

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Melinda Schreffler

Prior to joining the Nashua Community Music School, Melinda (Harrison) Schreffler served as a public school music educator in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts for seven years. In those seven years she taught in a wide range of experiences: general music, chorus, band, orchestra, and musical theater; rural, suburban, and urban communities; and pre-Kindergarten students all the way up through seniors in high school. Melinda is excited to be joining the Nashua Community Music School team where she can continue to make a difference and improve people’s lives through music.

Melinda received her Masters in Music Education degree from Gordon College and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College. She is certified in Conversational Solfege Levels I & II (John Feierabend) and also studied Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory.

When not playing clarinet, bass clarinet, or engaging in other musical experiences, Melinda enjoys reading, playing games, biking, cooking, and promoting sustainability and social justice issues.


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Sarah is an aspiring musician who is apart of the New England Prep School where she partakes in clarinet lessons, chamber music, and clarinet choir. She is currently a junior at Nashua High School North, where she is very involved in the music department as a part of the concert choir and select band. In college, she hopes to study music education and performance.