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Janet Nicholas of Stow has joined the Indian Hill Music Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy Indian Hill Music)
Janet Nicholas of Stow has joined the Indian Hill Music Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy Indian Hill Music)
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LITTLETON — With an eye toward opening the new Groton Hill Music Center in fall 2022, Indian Hill Music has announced its new Board of Directors and Officers for the current fiscal year.

The newest addition to the Board of Directors is Janet Nicholas of Stow.

Nicholas is recently retired from a career in strategy consulting and senior leadership roles in marketing and operations with a number of technology companies including Dassault Systemes, IBM, Digital Equipment Corp., and Nixdorf Computer, where she helped drive growth strategies often in uncharted waters. She is a past Board Co-Chair of Community Action Partners, a pro-bono consulting organization of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.

It was in the context of one such CAP engagement that she was first introduced to Indian Hill Music and developed a passion for the organization, its mission and its bright future. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in math and administrative science from Colby College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She and her husband Paul reside in Stow. They are both avid golfers and Janet is an accomplished equestrian as well.

“It’s a privilege to join the Indian Hill Board at this exciting time for the organization,” Nicholas said. “It’s been said that music is the strongest form of magic and I look forward to being part of the magical community that is Indian Hill.”

CEO Lisa Fiorentino expressed excitement toward working with the new board.

“Our Board of Directors offers vital support to the organization and is essential to our success as we prepare for our exciting transition to our new facility in Groton. I look forward to working with all of these outstanding leaders and music lovers as we continue to strengthen our presence in, and value to, our community,” Fiorentino said.

In addition to Nicholas, the Board of Directors will consist of Peter Bentinck-Smith of Concord; Kirsta Davey of Groton; Jeffrey Fuhrer of Littleton; Stephen Irish of Acton; Melissa Maranda of Fitchburg; David Riggert of Groton; Troy Siebels of Shrewsbury; and Deb Verner of Acton.

Peter Ashton formerly of Acton and Simon Jones of Harvard will serve as the board’s co-chairs. Miriam Smith of Harvard will serve as the vice chair, Jonathan Panek of Harvard will serve as treasurer. and Phil Francisco of Groton will serve as the board’s clerk.

Groton residents Robert Anderson and David Moulton will also serve as honorary board members, as well as Ralph Brown of Watertown.

At a recent meeting of the Indian Hill Music board, departing member Carole Prest of Groton was commended for her longtime service to the organization.

The programs of Indian Hill Music are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.

The local nonprofit currently based in Littleton is now in its 36th year of operation and will open the new Groton Hill Music Center in fall 2022. It promises to be a state-of-the-art facility for students and performers alike, featuring a 300-seat and a 1,000-seat performance hall.

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