NELSON — The region’s international center for chamber music will soon have a new development officer.
Rebecca A. Sayles will assume those duties on June 3, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music announced in a recent news release. She will succeed Naomi Lee in that role; Lee moved to Utah recently but will stay on with Apple Hill as its grant writer, according to the release.
Sayles, of Westmoreland, is a musician in her own right, and her hiring at Apple Hill marks her return to the place where her love of chamber music was instilled as a teen, the release notes. She now plays flute and piccolo in the Windham Orchestra and Westmoreland Town Band.
She joins the Apple Hill team with years of experience in arts administration and fundraising. She most recently spent a dozen years as the director of development at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, N.Y., and has also worked for the Aaron Copland House, Bang on a Can and Associated Chamber Music Players.
“Rebecca’s breadth of professional experience, passion for chamber music, and first-hand knowledge of Apple Hill are a natural fit to help us advance our mission to broaden the appreciation of and build connections through chamber music,” Apple Hill Director Lenny Matczynski said in the release.
Sayles holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Harvard and a master’s in international and comparative education from Columbia University.
Apple Hill recently named its latest crop of officers: Glenn Galloway will serve as president and Judy Waterston as vice president; Ceil Goff and Craig Stockwell are treasurer and secretary, respectively. Four new trustees also joined the board: Katie Hewitt, Molly McCarthy, Gargi Roysircar and Allison Welch.