Peter Ashton, Acton, is semi-retired and the former President of Innovation and Information Consultants, Inc., an economics and management consulting firm he co-founded over 30 years ago. As President he testified before the U.S. Senate, Federal, State, and Tax courts on economic issues related to gasoline and crude oil pricing. Peter holds an A.B. in economics and government from Colby College and a Master’s in economics and business from Columbia University. In addition to his professional career, he served as a Selectman in Acton for 9 years, and was Chair of the Open Space Committee, Community Preservation Committee, and Senior Tax Relief Committee, and was Co-Chair of the Regionalization School Study Committee. Peter has also served as Treasurer and a Board member of several non-profit organizations, including Change Better, Infant-Toddler Children’s Center, Acton-Boxborough United Way, and Cambridgeport Children’s Center.
“I am thrilled to be a member of the Indian Hill Music Board as it offers me an opportunity to contribute to an exciting and vibrant organization that provides music to a diverse and appreciative community. I truly believe in the transformative power of music, and the exciting prospect of our Groton project which will bring world class music performance and education to central Massachusetts and far beyond is as I have said often, a once in a millennium opportunity. It is truly a privilege to be part of this organization.”
Simon Jones, Harvard, is President and CEO at Regenacy Pharmaceuticals, a startup biotech company in Boston, resulting from the successful acquisition of his prior company Acetylon Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for corporate operations in developing novel therapies in areas of high unmet medical need, defining corporate strategy, and establishing business partnerships. Simon holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from King’s College, University of London. He moved to the Boston area in the 80s to pursue his career in the biological sciences, initially at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently, at various biotech companies. His philanthropic activities focus in the areas of conservation, social support services and cultural activities. His love of music, in particular the classical genre, stems from his father’s pivotal influence, and is shared by his partner Richard.
“Indian Hill Music’s mission checks all the right boxes for my personal beliefs and values! They have a unique blend of musical activities through performance, teaching and, most importantly, giving back to those that need most in the community. Indian Hill’s passion, vitality and dedication to music in all its forms, is simply amazing.”
Miriam Smith, Harvard, is an educator, musician, and writer. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Bates College, M.A. in Applied Child Development from Tufts University, Ed.D. in Early Literacy from Clark University, and is currently pursuing her M.A./M.F.A. in Children’s Literature at Simmons University. A lifelong violinist from a musical family, she performs in various local classical music ensembles, singer-songwriter duo Smith & Ryder, and country band Backyard Swagger. Miriam is devoted to community service, with special interests in supporting nonprofit organizations centered around education and/or music. In addition to Indian Hill Music, she has served on the boards of Infant-Toddler Children’s Center, Salt Bay Chamberfest, The Parker Charter School, Sounds of Stow Chorus, and Simmons College Children’s Literature Advisory Committee. Miriam has been married to her partner, Mike Acton, for almost 35 years, and they have three adult daughters.
“I choose to serve on the board of Indian Hill Music because it is a mission-driven non-profit organization that supports musicians and music performance, creates meaningful learning opportunities for students of all ages and talents, and provides the community with access to a broad and diverse range of musical experiences.”
Bob Anderson, Groton, is a Past Board Chair of Indian Hill Music. A former CEO of GenRad, Inc. and a former Director of LeCroy Corp., he co-founded a startup electronics company, and for over 25 years has been a director or advisor to multiple startups and emerging companies. His B.S. degrees in E.E. and Industrial Management are from MIT. Bob has an avid interest in classical music and is a piano jazz student at Indian Hill Music. He and his wife Judy have lived in Groton for 28 years.
“It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board to help Indian Hill Music grow into a premiere organization providing outstanding professional performances, teaching music skills to thousands of adults and children, and donating both to underserved communities.”
David Moulton, Groton, is a Past Board Chair of Indian Hill Music. A retired educator and musician who specialized in music production, acoustics, and loudspeaker design, he holds degrees from Bard College and the Juilliard School of Music. Dave chaired audio programs at the State University of New York and Berklee College of Music. He also helped to invent Acoustic Lens Technology (ALT) for loudspeakers, which was sold to audio firm Bang & Olufsen, and featured on the cover of Time Magazine and adopted by automakers Audi, Aston-Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. He created Golden Ears (ear-training for audio engineers) and the textbook Total Recording. He has also written for Recording Magazine and TV Technology magazine. In 2000, Dave was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 2014 was made a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. He has taught at numerous colleges and served as a trustee/director for several institutions. In retirement, he has become active in natural music and landscape art.
“Music took over my life at about age 13, when I discovered the recordings of Count Basie. I have since learned more about life, love, health and joy from music than from any other subject. Indian Hill Music has been a wonderful place to devote my energies since I came to Groton in the 1980s, and I have been honored to serve, however I can, ever since.”