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John Demick

Stage Manager, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stage Manager, Boston Pops Orchestra

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Growing up in the Berkshires, John Demick had no idea he would one day become Stage Manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and return each summer to the very venue where he attended many Popular Artist and Jazz concerts in this position at Tanglewood. John is a graduate of St. Joseph's Central High School in Pittsfield, and subsequently earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree Cum Laude from Boston University in 1984. It was as a student there at that he began working at Symphony Hall, beginning in 1981 as a bartender - which he found fulfilling culturally as well as exciting way to make ends meet. It was also during this time that he spent several summers working with the BSO House Crew, doing the many and various maintenance projects that occur when the Hall is dark, as well as working as an laborer for the Hall "Changeovers" (Symphony seating to Pops seating and back). After graduation, John worked for an art gallery / museum quality framer here in Boston, while continuing to work evenings at the Hall tending bar. This all changed in 1987 when John applied for and was accepted as a permanent Crewmember. Beyond the general duties of the House crew at the time, he showed his early interest and affinity towards stage work, noting it's direct relationship in concert presentation and fostering his burgeoning interest in the music performed. This interest and dedication was rewarded to serve as Acting Stage Manager during the 1991 Tanglewood season, filling in for the ailing BSO Stage Manager. Later, he was promoted to Stage Coordinator, and assumed his current position as Stage Manager in 2003. One change that coincided with his appointment was the assimilation of two positions into one - previously there had been both a BSO and a Symphony Hall Stage Manager - and all the responsibilities that this entails. These include, but are not exclusive to, all the performance activities of the BSO, the Pops and Tanglewood, as well as "outside" performers who come to our various venues. John has taken the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on many domestic tours, as well as to Japan. In 2006, he took the Boston Symphony on its first tour - a National one - since the appointment of James Levine as Music Director. John is truly looking forward to the Orchestra's upcoming European Tour, leaving from Tanglewood in August of 2007, with stops highlighted by Lucerne, Berlin, London and Paris. When not at work, John enjoys time with his wife - former BSO Subscription Director/Marketing Manager - Nancy Kay, daughter Nora and Labradoodle Rosie. The youngest of 6 sons, he also relishes time with his extended family and mother, who still resides in the Berkshires. John's fatal flaw is his passion for golf. He has traveled the globe with friends - including BSO percussionist Will Hudgins - to play many of the world's renowned courses. He continues to hold out hope that one day, all the pieces will fall into place and he will break 70!

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