Amy Kneipp is no stranger to New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) and its affiliated membership. Amy’s mom has been a part of the Rochester, NY New Horizons band since the early 2000’s. It is the enriching experiences and benefits she saw connecting people through New Horizons that encouraged her to be involved with NHIMA.
Her career and volunteer work consists mainly of associations representing the food industry, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and her local community theatre. While not currently involved with music, Amy was a saxophone player and singer in high school and college and has acted with the local theatre group.
When not consulting for the dairy industry or connecting people through music and theatre, Amy enjoys designing and creating traditional hand hooked wool rugs. She lives in Spotsylvania, VA with her husband and two college aged sons.
Nina Andersen learned of the New Horizons International Music Association in 2015 when attended the New England Adult Music Camp. At camp she met several faculty and campers involved with New Horizons Bands all over the country. In 2016 she became the new Program & Music Director of NEAMC and that same fall started the New Horizons Concert Band of Greater Portland based in Portland, Maine.
Like many adults involved with New Horizon groups, Nina took a long hiatus from music following high school. After nearly 20 years away from music she picked up her clarinet again in 1987 – inspired by her Dad who had returned to music making at age 55. She went on to attend the University of Southern Maine graduating in 2000 with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance.
Since returning to music-making she has worked with community bands, taught band at the middle and high school level and had a large private instruction studio.
Nina is also an accomplished clarinetist performing in the Greater Portland area with a variety of groups and musical genres – classical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and chamber music.
In addition to her work with music and musicians, Nina provides bookkeeping and financial management services for nonprofit organizations throughout Maine. She enjoys supporting the various and unique missions of each of her clients and is excited to now include New Horizons International Music Association as one her clients. What a treat to be able to combine my music and bookkeeping interests all in one place!
NHIMA Newsletter Editor
Focusing on the arts, the non-profit sector, and small business, Nikki Attwell specializes in graphic design and typesetting and offers other services in media relations, PR, writing, and editing.
Nikki was born and raised in Vancouver, then lived in London, Ontario for 25 years. Returning west in 2004, she is now based in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. Nikki’s client roster has included symphonies and choirs, non-profit organizations and small businesses from Nanaimo, BC to Ottawa, ON. Her background includes 15 years as the Public Affairs Coordinator for the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario (where she was editor of the faculty’s alumni newsletter, ensemble.) She also holds a professional certificate in Communications and Public Relations from Western’s Centre for Continuing Studies.
Nikki is very active in the world of handbells, as ringer, conductor and organizer. She began ringing in 1977 and since then has been a member of four choirs in three provinces, and was a charter member of the Bellissima Ringers handbell quartet. In 2006 she established a handbell program from scratch at First United Church in Kelowna, BC and continues to direct the Alleluia Ringers there. She is a past president of the BC Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and has been editor of the Guild’s newsletter, Quarternotes, since 2004. She was co-chair of the planning committee for the 2016 International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, which welcomed approximately 750 handbell musicians from around the world.
Nikki looks forward to being part of the NHIMA team.