Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, I was raised in the small upstate town of Granville, New York, “Colored Slate Capitol Of The World”, close to the border of Vermont. After graduating from Granville High School, I attended the State University of New York at Potsdam, majoring in music education at SUNY Posdam’s Crane School of Music. I later received a Masters degree from Potsdam and spent a year of doctoral studies at Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington.
As a college student and then as a beginning public school music teacher, I was a camp counselor at Camp Passumpsic on Lake Fairlee in Ely, Vermont. I loved the beauty of Vermont and New Hampshire and was drawn back to Camp Passumpsic for five summers. Our days off were spent in Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College’s lovely campus green and the many stately trees lining Hanover’s streets.
My wife, Nancy and I moved permanently to the Upper Valley/Dartmouth/Sunapee area in 1993 when I was offered a position as Music Director at Lebanon High School and it really felt like I was coming home. I now drive around Lake Fairlee occasionally. Camp Passumpsic is no longer there but the spot still elicits fond memories.
We were returning from Europe where I had been a full-time secondary school music teacher for many years with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. My last teaching position “over there” was in Berlin, Germany during the time that the infamous wall came crumbling down and we, like so many others, helped in the process. Before that I had taught in Livorno, Italy and the German communities of Munich, Augsburg, Baumholder, and Ramstein. Our daughter was born in Italy and our son in Munich.
My experiences as a music educator with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe helped me to better understand the needs of people relocating to new areas. The military community members had to move and adjust to new “home towns” every three years or less. The kids in the schools arrived and departed all the time. The DoDDS teachers developed a caring and supportive environment to try and help them adjust to their new community.
In 2001, after serving eight years as instrumental and vocal music director at Lebanon NH High School, I became a licensed New Hampshire and Vermont REALTOR. I am still involved in music. I’ve served as music director for a number of North Country Community Theatre productions at the Lebanon Opera House including “Pajama Game”, “Brigadoon”, “Pirates Of Penzance”, “Fiddler On The Roof”, “Singin’ In The Rain”, “Carousel”, “Rent”, and “Jesus Christ, Superstar”. I still play clarinet occasionally and was until recently Music Director of a fine choral group, the Bel Canto Chamber Singers. I sing in the Thetford Chamber Singers and Vermont Chamber Artists.
Please feel free to contact me for your real estate needs in Lebanon, Hanover, or any NH or VT community in the Upper Connecticut river Valley. Regardless of whether I am working as a BUYER or as a SELLER AGENT, I’ll offer honest, attentive service.
Hal Sheeler 603 398-2151 firstname.lastname@example.org