Marc Thayer joined Symphony New Hampshire in Nashua as Executive Director in July, 2016. Previously Marc was the Deputy Director of the Association of American Voices (AV), a Cultural Diplomacy NGO with whom he has performed and taught in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Ghana, Togo, Thailand, Burma and the Gaza Strip. With AV Marc continues to teach at the annual YES Academy in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, and in Beirut, Lebanon. He co-managed the American Music Abroad Program for the US Department of State and served as a Cultural Envoy in Liberia in 2014 and 2015. From 2006-10 he served as the Artistic Producer for the Whim Estate Historical Society Concerts in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Previously he was on the faculty of the Guadalquivir Festival with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia.
Marc served as Director of Strings at Washington University in St. Louis and was a member of the Kingsbury Baroque Ensemble. He was the Music Director for the World Chess Hall of Fame Concert Series as well as founder and conductor of the Saint Louis University String Orchestra where he taught violin and viola.
From 2002-2011 Marc served as the Vice President for Education and Community Partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony and served as Director of Community Engagement with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, from 1999-2001. Marc performed as a member of the New World Symphony from 1995-1998 and founded their Education and Community Engagement Programs.
Marc has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, the Opera Festival of Heidelberg, Germany, the Orquesta Superior of Cordoba, Spain, the Ancient Music Festival of St. Savin, France, the Festival d’Orange, and with the International Festival of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Marc received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with William Preucil and Zvi Zeitlin.