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GROTON — For 33 years, Michael Finegold of Andover made music at Northern Essex Community College. Though he continues to teach music reading and theory I as an adjunct faculty member and to direct and perform with NECC’s Essex Chamber Music Players, he has passed the baton to Kenneth Langer of Groton, the new music coordinator at NECC. Along with the music program, Langer inherited state-of-the-art music facilities in the college’s new Tech Center, located on the Haverhill Campus.

A seasoned musician, conductor and teacher, Langer holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Kent State University, a master’s in music from Radford University and a bachelor’s in music education from James Madison University.

Langer, a resident of Groton, has more than 13 years of experience teaching music at the college level, including nine years at Lyndon State College in Vermont where he served as head of the music department. Most recently, he served as director of music and arts at Eno River Unitarian, Universalist Fellowship, Durham, N.C.

He is a trumpeter and has conducted choirs, bell choirs, ensembles, as well as orchestras.

Finegold will continue to direct the Essex Chamber Music Players in-residence at Northern Essex.

Paul Bevilacqua, vice president and dean of academic affairs at NECC, praised Finegold for his years of dedication to the music program and for “playing an important role in the lives of so many students and for being willing to try new things.” He noted that the music program will continue to move forward under Langer. “Ken is a great addition to our music program. He will lead the college music program in new and exciting ways.”