Garth Newel Music Center Has A New Executive Director

Warm Springs, Va – Garth Newel Music Center has a new Executive Director. Christopher Williams has been named Executive Director and will begin work on January 1. Williams directed Arlington County’s cultural heritage programming initiatives for the past nine years. That work included producing multi-genre arts and cultural festivals, developing community-based arts programming and supervising grant making programs. He has also produced the annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival.

Williams has also worked with the National Council for the Traditional Arts. He’s a member of the Kennedy Center’s Community Advisory Board and he has programmed for the Richmond Folk Festival and the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. Trained as a violist, Williams has performed with the Charleston and the Savannah Orchestras and he’s performed with artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Tammy Wynette.

The selection of Williams was the culmination of a nationwide search by a committee made up of board members, musicians, staff and friends of Garth Newel.

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs has been presenting world-class chamber music performances since 1973. It is home to the critically-acclaimed Garth Newel Piano Quartet, which performs over 50 concerts each year at the center and on tour. Garth Newel offers concerts year-round and it’s also home to the Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival, held every June. You can learn more about Garth Newel Music Center by visiting the website

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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