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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Jenny Dewar Jenny Dewar
Production Manager

Jenny is the Orchestra Manager of the Berkshire Symphony and Visiting Artist Coordinator for the Department of Music at Williams College. Prior to that she spent several years there as the Concert Manager. She originally hails from New York City where she spent several years as a Broadway Stage Manager. Shows include the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof as well as Our Town (with Paul Newman), Cabaret, Chicago, Neil Simon's The Dinner Party (with Henry Winkler and the beloved John Ritter), MacBeth (with Kelsey Grammar), Cats, Rent, Ragtime and Tarzan. She stage managed for the Williamstown Theatre Festival during the 2006, 2007, and 2012 seasons as well as acting as the contractor for various WTF productions with her partner and husband, John Wheeler.

Jenny also spent some time as the office manager/personal assistant to Broadway musical supervisors David Caddick and Kristen Blodgette, as the Assistant to the Marketing Director of the Princeton Review and as the Executive Director of the Broadway Bach Ensemble. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in English Literature and minors in Mathematics and Dance.

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