Berkshire Music School taps new executive director

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PITTSFIELD — Natalie Johnsonius Neubert, a classically trained musician and experienced professional arts administrator, has been tapped by Berkshire Music School to replace Tracy Wilson as its executive director.

Wilson is retiring in June after 17 years as head of the 60-year-old Wendell Avenue school, which is on hiatus due to COVID-19 health concerns

"The board is thrilled to welcome Natalie to the BMS family and looks forward to working with her," board President Paul Houston said in a statement.

"The Berkshire Music School is an invaluable gem in our community, bringing the joy of music into the lives of our neighbors of all ages and backgrounds," Neubert said in a prepared statement. "I am honored to follow Tracy's exemplary leadership, and am excited to work with the school's Board, faculty, staff and students to inspire and cultivate the vast diversity of musical voices in the Berkshires."

Neubert comes to the music school after having served as senior development officer at Shakespeare & Company.

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in Lenox, where she lives with her husband, David, and their children, Craig and Rose. She is a co-chair of the Berkshire County Development Association; a member of Berkshire Business and Professional Women; and on the development, marketing, and special events committees for the Berkshire Museum, Community Access to the Arts (CATA), the Lenox Library Association, Berkshire Country Day School, and IS183 — Art School of the Berkshires.

"I am particularly thrilled that Natalie comes to the school knowing the local community, its rich cultural offerings, the challenges we face now and in the future, with the instincts of a practicing artist/musician," Wilson said.

Neubert brings with her 20 years of experience in arts management specializing in fundraising, programming, and marketing for nonprofit music, theater, and dance organizations. She has worked with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dublin International Fringe Festival, Performance Space New York (formerly P.S. 122), Classic Stage Company, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, The Kitchen, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, and Lumberyard/American Dance Institute. As a curator, her productions have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, American Theatre Magazine, and The Village Voice.

She is a classically trained musician, who plays the piano and saxophone, and also is a professional sound designer. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied both music and theater.

Berkshire Music School serves more than 250 students through weekly classes and workshops during the school year taught by 32 professional musician/educator faculty members. The organization also hosts a variety of collaborations with other cultural organizations, social service agencies, and senior centers; and presents recitals, concerts, and residencies at its home in Pittsfield and in venues across the county.


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