July 2, 2022

Essex Winter Series Board Elects New President and Board Members

The board of the Essex Winter Series, at their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 15, elected Peter Amos as the fourth President of the Board of Trustees.   Janice Atkeson, Barbara Zernike and Elise Piquet were also voted-in as the newest members of the Board.

Residing in Essex since 1986, Peter Amos has been actively involved in supporting the musical life of the community.  A former Treasurer of the Community Music School, Peter played a key role relocating the School to its now permanent home at Spencer’s Corner.   Peter is a former President of Cappella Cantorum and was a Founding Member of the Con Brio Choral Society, serving twice as its President.

As the newly elected President of the Essex Winter Series, Peter said: “I am honored and excited to serve the Essex Winter Series and our town in this way.  Essex is a truly special place with wonderful people who strongly support local culture and the Arts. Essex Winter Series plays a central role in the musical life of Essex and our neighboring towns, providing the opportunity to hear and meet world-class performers. This will be our 35th season!”  Outgoing President, ConstanceConnie” O’Brien was very enthusiastic about Peter’s appointment saying “With his experience and dedication, I think Peter will be a terrific president.”  Artistic Director Mihae Lee, also present for the annual meeting, said that she is “so excited to work with Peter Amos who is a passionate music lover and supporter of the arts, and I am grateful that he is assuming the role of President. His enthusiasm, knowledge and leadership will be essential to our success as we plan for the future of EWS.”

Peter Amos, a Physicist and former Vice-President of the Lee Company, is currently Senior Vice-President of Warner Power, LLC. In 2009 Peter was appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to serve on the ‘Green Launching Pad’ Commission, working to help finance emerging new companies in the field of energy efficiency and renewable/alternative energy. Peter also currently serves on the Board of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum.

Bringing world-class classical and jazz music to the shoreline area was the dream of the founders of the Essex Winter Series, established in 1979. Fenton Brown, Trustee Emeritus, became involved early on and devoted many years to expanding the series and ultimately brought Mihae Lee in as Artistic Director.  The “Fenton Brown Emerging Artists Concert” series was begun to honor Brown’s years as President.  Each year, the Essex Winter Series presents a series of concert performances by top-rated musicians from around the world. These concerts, held at Valley Regional High School in Deep River, are presented on Sunday afternoons in January, February and March.  A single season may include a mix of such performances as instrumental soloists, opera singers, chamber orchestras, and jazz bands.

More information, including details for the 2012-2013 season, can be found at www.essexwinterseries.org.