Meredith-Lyn Avey, Development Associate
Describe what you do in your current position: As Development Associate I assist in all fundraising efforts for the school; set up for events; collect donations; and work closely with the program staff to make sure we are communicating our mission and our outreach programs effectively to our supporters.
How long have you worked for Turtle Bay? How long in your current position? I started working for TBMS in fall, 2011. I’ve worked in my current position since February 2015.
Describe other work experience or education: I have a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, and an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School. I also teach dance/creative movement to youth and incarcerated women.
What is your favorite thing about Turtle Bay Music School? The people. I love our staff – they are some of the most supportive people I’ve met in NYC! I also really love our faculty and student base – everyone who is here really wants to be here!
What is your favorite Turtle Bay memory and/or event? I really enjoyed watching the kids of the Saturday Music Program receive their instruments for the first time. The pride and joy that was expressed between the students and their families really assured me that we’ve got a great thing going on here.
Do you play any instruments? Describe any musical background you may want to share! I played the piano for 2 years in high school, and played the violin throughout my primary and secondary education. Being a dancer, you have to be musical so I count dance as my instrument.
What is your favorite song and/or piece of music? I enjoy Medelssohn’s Mid Summer’s Night Dream. But I also have a lot of Beatles songs that are favorites too (among others).
Who is your favorite composer/songwriter? There are many, but I am biased – my husband is a composer and I think his music is pretty rad.
Where are you from? Lawng-Eyland (Long Island, NY). Lived in Brooklyn for 8 years and now I live in Beacon, NY.
Favorite color: ORANGE, bright orange sunset orange.
Favorite food: Anything Vegan!
Pets? Kids? Family members? My husband and I live with two crazy kitty cats named Cecil and Sherif, and we have a baby on the way!
Any other fun facts you’d like to include! I love all animals and enjoy reading about their amazing abilities. Watching nature documentaries is my jam.