The North Country Chamber Players are deeply saddened by the loss of a dedicated Board Member and Champion of the Players, Ed Roberts.

Edward Baer Roberts, of Littleton, NH and Boston, MA, formerly of Newton, MA, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Raised with his sisters, Charlotte Chaffin and Wilma Bieler, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, by Russian immigrants, his father Nathan drove an oil delivery truck, and his mother Edna ran customer service.

As a child, Ed dreamt of attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He achieved this at 17, and stayed for 71 years. He earned four degrees, and became the youngest-tenured professor ever at that time. Researching entrepreneurship, a field he created, and mentoring and teaching students, gave him great joy.

A true entrepreneur, Ed co-founded numerous successful businesses, and financed over 100 start-up companies. He was most proud of his involvement with Meditech,, OKTA, and PR Restaurants.

He took great pleasure in supporting the arts, education, hospitals, and Jewish causes in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire, where he lived. He was patriotic, and believed in the opportunity America provided.

Ed Roberts

Ed loved and invested deeply in his family. After meeting Nancy – the love of his life – at 17, he created time, space, and experiences that brought his family together. He bought a house in New Hampshire, where his extended family could ski and celebrate Thanksgiving. He planned annual holiday trips around the world for the entire Roberts family, including multiple trips to Israel.

Ed had infinite energy, never slept, and was a lifelong learner. While known for his storytelling, his ability to listen with immense focus always made you feel loved.

In his spare time, Ed also passionately and generously shared his acumen and considerable experience with the numerous non-profit arts organizations, institutions, and causes that he embraced and participated in on every level. The North Country Chamber Players was blessed to be counted as one of those very fortunate organizations. Our entire “family” will miss his infectious enthusiasm, wise council and outside-the-box thinking at our Board meetings, his decades of loyal friendship and shared experiences, but most of all, we will miss seeing his beaming face in the front row, keyboard side, next to Nancy, at all of our summer concerts.

Winterlude concert

We are working diligently behind-the-scenes to finalize the spring/summer Performance Season!

Mark your calendars! Details and links to reserve seats will be available soon:

Saturday, June 1, Explorer’s Concert geared to families
Sunday, June 2, Gala – Concert and Dinner

Performance Weekends:

July 13 and July 14
July 20 and July 21
July 27 and July 28
August 3 and August 4
August 10 and August 11

There are wonderful opportunities to sponsor these events, supporting and advancing the impact of the North Country Chamber Players on the North Country of New Hampshire. For more information, email here.

Our Outreach and Education is in Full Swing!

The North Country Chamber Players will visit the following schools in March:

Errol, Gorham, Lancaster, North Stratford, Pittsburg, Profile and Whitefield.

Plans are underway for May visits.

Do you know of a school, music or band program in the North Country that may like the Players to conduct an interactive, educational program and reach our youth? Email here.

The North Country Chamber Players have adopted a “Pay-What-You-Wish” ticket pricing for concerts.
Seating is limited, so attendees are asked to make free online reservations.
The recommended ticket price is $25, payable at the door, but there is no minimum ticket price required for entry.


Your support has continued to allow us to offer music lessons, public school residency programs, and so much more.

North Country Chamber Players,

White Mountains Music Festival

Recognized as one of New England’s finest musical ensembles for four decades, the North Country Chamber Players combines the talents of principal players from internationally renowned orchestras and chamber groups. Their world-class performances of old and new classics in relaxed and comfortable settings have made the Chamber Players a fixture of northern New Hampshire’s cultural scene.

“One of the outstanding cultural resources
in the state of New Hampshire”
– NH State Council on the Arts

“A sophisticated group of experienced, passionate,
focused, and obviously talented musicians”
– Boston Musical Intelligencer

Artist Members: Ronnie Bauch, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Chris Finckel, cello; Donald Palma, double bass; Susan Palma-Nidel, flute; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Bernard Rose, piano; Joel Timm, lecturer; Kemp Jernigan, oboe; Bernhard Scully, horn.



”Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast. To soften rocks, or bend the knotted oak.” –Playwright William Congreve


Music enriches our lives. It provides opportunities for joy and self-expression, fosters a sense of community, enhances creative capability and is a therapeutic outlet for stress and tension release.

FROM DIVERSITY COMES HARMONY AND BEAUTY For over 45 years, the North Country Chamber Players have been inclusive and collaborative. While we practice our instruments individually, our success has always rested on our ability to mesh our perspectives into one collaboration. Music shows us that differences can be transformed into an harmonic piece.


For over four decades the musicians of the North Country Chamber Players have been performing inspiring musical programs for audiences across the North Country, and introducing area children to music appreciation in school programs, all of which are available to everyone.