OUR CO-DIRECTORSSUSAN WILSON is a celebrated photographer, writer, educator, and lecturer who has exhibited her artwork in dozens of shows, and gained national recognition for her images of performing and literary artists. Her client list over the years has included such well-known names as Rebecca Parris, Bill Harley, the Borromeo String Quartet, Keith Lockhart, Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Alison Krauss, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Anita Diamant, and Stephen McCauley. An alumna of the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and both undergraduate and graduate studies in history at Tufts University, she has served on the faculty of the New England School of Photography since 1982, and is director of NESOP's Crosscurrents seminar series. Between 1978 and 1996 Susan regularly wrote and photographed stories about arts, music, international travel, and Boston history for the Boston Globe. Her books--which feature her original research, writing, and photos--include Boston Sites and Insights, The Literary Trail of Greater Boston, and the Forest Hills guidebook, Garden of Memories. An active board member of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail and the Old South Association, Susan has won accolades for her animated and informative slide lectures and historic quiz shows, which are featured on the WGBH Forum Network and The Total Woman cable TV series. Since 2012, Susan has served as the official House Historian for the Omni Parker House; her newest book about the Parker House, Heaven, By Hotel Standards, is available on our STORE page.
REBECCA STRAUSS is known as a fine violist and violinist, professional businesswoman, and beloved educator in the Boston arts scene. An alumna of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she has played with ensembles such as the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Chamber Music Foundation of New England, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. As a longtime member of the New England String Ensemble, she performed live on WGBH radio, served as Director of Education, and introduced composers and their music to New England high schools through the New England Musical Heritage Initiative. Creator and music director of Riverview Chamber Players, founded in 1993, Rebecca has garnered praise as a versatile performer who plays, books, and organizes chamber music concerts and private and corporate events. She has been featured on Chronicle (WCVB-TV) and The Total Woman TV show (WCAT-TV). Rebecca's communication skills with corporate and non-profit clients, wedding professionals, and fellow musicians have been honed in graduate studies at Lesley College and through years of teaching violin and viola. Since 2010, Rebecca has regularly performed classical music in Boston area homeless shelters as an original member and group leader for the non-profit Shelter Music Boston.