Classical Music in Manchester Vermont

Manchester Music Festival Administrative Staff

Margaret Wood-Hemnes Margaret Wood-Hemnes
Executive Director

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Heidi French Heidi French
Business Manager
A native of Seattle, Heidi earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. She brings a solid business background to the Festival, joining MMF in 2012 with diverse professional experience that runs the gamut from certified financial counseling to insurance sales to managing a small animal hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. Most recently, Heidi was the operations manager for an international business brokerage firm. She and her family-husband Jon and sons William and Benjamin—came to the area in 2007, where they have become active members of the Sunderland community in which they make their home. She currently serves on the Sunderland School Board, and can be seen around town training for half-marathons.

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Suzanne Diffine Suzanne Diffine
Young Artist Coordinator

Suzanne has always been active in the arts, serving on the boards of Just Literary Center, The American Academy of Ballet, Dance Special, and the Amherst Youth Ballet. She was an administrator at the Chautauqua School of Dance and Special Events Coordinator at the Musicians' Institute of West Los Angeles.

Suzanne holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A veteran teacher, she was chair of the English department at Frederick Law Olmsted School for Gifted and Talented for 22 years. After a 30 year career in the Buffalo Public Schools, she retired to Florida in 2004, accepting a teaching position at North Broward Preparatory School. Her outstanding accomplishments in the field of education have been recognized five times in Who's Who Among America's Educators, twice in Who's Who in America, and once in Who's Who of American Women. She will also appear in Who's Who in the World 2010.

A fitness instructor for 28 years, Suzanne is a national Pilates master trainer for Bally Total Fitness and Sports Clubs of Canada. Suzanne is currently the director of Pilates Health Connexion in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Heather M. Münch Heather M. Münch
Box Office/Administrative Assistant

Heather was born and raised in Poultney, Vermont where she started studying the violin at the age of 5. After spending much time exploring the globe and finding her true passion for music, this fall she will be attending her final year of college receiving her Bachelors in Music. Some of Heather's favorite musical experiences have included performing at Carnegie Hall, internationally in France and China, and serving as concertmaster for the University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra for three years. She is currently preparing for graduate school auditions, and very excited to be studying with Joana Genova, as well as working with the Manchester Music Festival. When she is not playing her violin, Heather can be found in the Bikram yoga studio and enjoying the outdoors.

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