Monteux School has a new director

Marc Thayer

HANCOCK — The Monteux School and Music Festival earlier this summer concluded its 75th season and its first under Executive Director Marc Thayer, who took over from longtime director Ron Schwizer in May.

“It goes by so quickly,” Thayer said of his first summer in Hancock. A violinist by training, he serves during the remainder of the year as the director of Symphony NH, New Hampshire’s oldest professional orchestra.

Thayer first attended a concert at the Monteux School last summer, and was attracted to the institution’s prestige and ability to attract talented students. The school was founded in 1943 by famed French conductor Pierre Monteux, who moved to Hancock because it was his wife’s childhood home.

Since then, the school has welcomed young musicians and conductors each summer. Thayer noted that it is impressive for any school to last 75 years.

“It’s partly my responsibility to make sure it continues to thrive,” he said.

In addition to his work with Symphony NH, Thayer has previously worked for the Association of American Voices, a nonprofit that promotes arts education in developing countries. Thayer himself was involved with teacher training and other programs in a number of countries, including Iraq, Syria and Thailand.

He added that he enjoys working with international students at the Monteux School, as well as American musicians from across the country.

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