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Jun 01, 2014
Manchester, NH

The board of directors of the Manchester Community Music School (MCMS) announced last week the appointment of Billie Tooley as CEO, effective June 1. Tooley will be responsible for overall management of MCMS, fundraising for the school, and will oversee MCMS’s strategic plan, programs, and budgets. She will also serve as the Music School’s key spokesperson.

Tooley brings significant experience in development, public relations, and non-profit management. She has served as executive director of the New Hampshire Art Association, has held development roles at the American Red Cross and Strawbery Banke Museum, and has owned her own marketing and consulting firm.
“After a 6 month search that included candidates from across the country, and rounds of interviews with the search committee, faculty and staff, we were all impressed with Billie’s credentials, and were delighted to offer the CEO position to Billie,” said Dennis Haley, chair of the MCMS board of directors. “Billie has been a successful fundraiser, marketing professional and executive director of nonprofits in New Hampshire and in New York for the past 30 years. She has just the right combination of vision, fundraising experience, business savvy, and passion for the arts to bring MCMS to the next level.”
"The Manchester Community Music School has a rich history of accomplishment and is a great asset to the region,” notes Tooley. “I am privileged and excited to be working with such an accomplished institution, its faculty, student body, staff, board of directors, and supporters."
About Manchester Community Music School
Founded in 1983, MCMS serves over 1,000 students each year through a wide array of programs – including music lessons and ensembles for all ages, early childhood classes, a new state of the art music technology lab and recording studio, music therapy program, after-school programs and summer day camps. Our students range in age from 6 months to 92 years young. Students attend the school from 65 New Hampshire communities. MCMS’ mission is changing lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music. The school is home to 52 of New England’s finest music educators and professional musicians who share their talents with the community as the Manchester Chamber Players, giving nearly 20 free concerts each year in Manchester. MCMS houses the largest youth ensemble program north of Boston: the NH Youth Ensemble Program now has seven ensembles (orchestras, band, jazz, and chorus) with over 250 young musicians who perform regularly for audiences of 300+. During the summer months, MCMS offers many summer music camps including Joy of Music, Jazz Camp and Camp Crescendo. Over the past three years, the Music Therapy program has grown to serve hundreds of students with special needs each year. Individual and group music therapy sessions are provided at the Music School, as well as through partnerships with 18 public schools systems and social service agencies. Core to our mission, MCMS offers financial assistance to those who would otherwise not be able to participate in the Music School’s programs. Since our founding in 1983, MCMS has awarded over $800,000 in financial aid.

Pictured Above: Billie Tooley

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