Artistic Staff
Board of Directors

Administration, 2016-2017


Kristen Dye | Executive Director

Kristen Dye is a freelance flutist based in Boston. A native of New York, she has been an active performer in New England and Colorado. She is a co-founder of the Aquila Summer Concert Series in Greeley, CO which ties contemporary music in with local businesses. Currently, she teaches elementary band in North Reading, MA.

A strong advocate for contemporary music, Kristen has been a fellow with both the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) in 2014 and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in 2011. She was a founding member of the By the Numbers Soundpainting Ensemble, which has performed throughout the Front Range of Colorado. Kristen also presented her paper, "The Greek Influences in Andre Jolivet's Chant de Linos," at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society in 2013. 

As a performer, Kristen was a finalist and winner of the Angie Southard Competition in 2011 and 2012, respectively. She earned her BM in Music Education and Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a MM in Performance and an MM in Musicology from the University of Northern Colorado. Kristen has participated in master classes with Brooke Schoenwald, Carol Wincenc, and Roger Reynolds. Her principal teachers include Christopher Krueger, James Hall, and Jonathan Bellman.


Tim Davis | President and Founder

Dr. Tim Davis brings a variety of management and contemporary concert music experience to his role as president of The Boston New Music Initiative. Tim’s motivation in founding BNMI reflects his long-standing commitment to furthering the careers of composers and musicians. Tim earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Iowa in 2009, and also holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his ongoing projects in composition, he has served as a judge for composition competitions with PARMA Recordings, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and on judging panels for BNMI's Calls for Scores.  He provides private composition instruction throughout New England, and previously worked as an instructor of theory and aural skills at the University of Iowa. 

Tim works full-time as a Project Manager at GreenPages Technology Solutions in Kittery, Maine.  He resides on the seacoast in New Hampshire with his wife, soprano Erin M. Smith, and their daughter Caroline.


Tom Scahill | Membership Director

Tom Scahill joined BNMI when he moved to Boston in August 2012. He currently serves as the Director of Networking and Professional Development. In the spring of 2012, Tom completed a Master of Arts in Music Theory from University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also served as the Composition Co-chair for the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium Conference. Tom also holds degrees from Nazareth College of Rochester (BM, 2010), and Finger Lakes Community College (AS, 2008).


Tom Bishop | Director of Marketing and Development

Tom Bishop studied voice performance and audio engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, graduating in 1996. He regularly plays piano and drum kit with the band King Crockpot, and has written numerous compositions ranging from theatre and choral ensemble to bluegrass. Tom is also an experienced marketing professional focused on business planning and social media. He received his MBA from Boston University in 2002. Tom lives on Boston's north shore with his wife and two children, and spends a lot of his free time running, hiking, kayaking, and coaching.


Artistic Staff, 2016-2017

Patrick Valentino | Artistic Director

Patrick Valentino brings a wealth of performing and administrative experience to his position as Artistic Director of BNMI. Trained as a conductor and composer, his works have been performed on three continents and his conducting has been called “stirring”, “original” and “achieving wonderful results from the orchestra”. Educated at New England Conservatory, Ithaca College, Montclair State University, and Moscow Conservatory, Patrick has conducted numerous ensembles, orchestras, and choirs. In 2013, he made his operatic conducting debut, and his music was recently used to open the new John J. Cali School of music. Patrick has worked as Production Manager for Boston Musica Viva and Assistant Conductor for Symphony NOVA. Current projects include working as a freelance conductor in the Boston area, composing mixed chamber and cross-collaborative pieces, and investigating sustainable business models for non-profit organizations.

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Beth Ratay | Director of Concert Series

Beth Ratay has been composing and performing for over 20 years. As a composer, she has had works performed in the U.S. and Germany, by groups like the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the University of Colorado Wind Ensemble. Her works have been featured at the April in Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Festival and by the Mosaic Ensemble of Santa Cruz.

Dr. Ratay received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013, her Master of Music in Music Composition from Arizona State University in 2007, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2005. Her musical research has focused on the music of Harrison Birtwistle as well as text setting, poetic interpretation and the relationship of language to music, especially in Czech, German and English. She has studied with composers David Evan Jones, Paul Nauert, James DeMars, and Michael Theodore.

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Jessica Smith | Assistant Director of Concert Series

Jessica Smith is an active flutist residing in the Greater Boston Area.  She holds a master's degree in flute performance from Ithaca College and a bachelor's degree in flute performance from Eastern Michigan University. 

As a lifelong advocate for new music, Jessica has performed with the Ithaca New Music Collective and Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble.  She also performs newly composed music in her chamber duo, InertiaTwo, including a commissioned work as part of a 2015 grant from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

As a performer, Jessica has been honored with music recognitions including: winner of the 2010 William Stewart Concerto Competition, winner of the 2011 Manilow Soloist Competition, and featured soloist at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts Recital.

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Erin M. Smith | Artistic Director Emeritus and Board of Directors

Erin Smith a founding member of BNMI and served in the position of Artistic Director from 2009-2014. She is a vocal interpreter of opera, oratorio, musical theater, new music, and art song in the Boston area.  She has performed with Opera Providence, Cape Code Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, Boston Metro Opera, The Boston New Music Initiative, Opera del West, The Falmouth Chorale, The Newton Community Chorus, and the Paul Madore Chorale, among others. In addition to performing, Erin is also an experienced voice teacher and music educator, and currently teaches voice as part of The Prodigy Program at Westwood Public Schools and at the Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, New Hampshire. She also teaches elementary classroom music as a Teaching Artist of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Urban Voices program  Erin holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude in Music Education and Voice Performance from Western Michigan University, and earned Pi Kappa Lambda honors and a Master of Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Iowa.


Nathan Lofton | Artistic Adviser and Board of Directors

Nathan Lofton has conducted ensembles in the United States and Europe, leading a repertoire spanning 1000 years of music history. An avid supporter of new music, Nathan has led local and world premieres of works by such composers as Mohammed Fairouz, Michael Gandolfi, Ted Hearne, and Oliver Knussen. A former Music Director of the Boston New Music Initiative, Nathan has guest conducted Avian Ensemble, OperaHub, Urbanity Dance, the NEC Contemporary Ensemble, and Brandeis New Music in works by living composers. Nathan has spent recent summers on the musical staffs of Arosa Musik Theatre in Switzerland and the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and was a participant in the Oregon Bach Festival conducting masterclass in 2010. A native of San Francisco, Nathan is a graduate of New England Conservatory and Temple University. Nathan has studied conducting with Charles Peltz, Paul Rardin, and Hugh Wolff.


Board of Directors, 2016-2017

Erin Smith, chair, 2015-2017
Michael Anmuth
Tim Davis (ex-officio)
Curtis Minns
Todd Minns
Nathan Lofton
David A. Rahbee
John Thomas
Deirdre Viau (ex-officio)

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