Allison Cockshaw-Betsold is thrilled to begin her career as Assistant Director of Bands at Northeastern University. Ms. Betsold is the Director of the University Pep Band and Concert Band here at NU. The NU Pep Band performs at several of the university’s sporting events as well as off campus community events, such as baseball games at Fenway Park. The NU Concert Band is one of many concert ensembles at university, and has a history of performing with members of the elite Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Betsold graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting. During her time at KU, Ms. Betsold was the director of the Women’s Volleyball Pep Band and an assistant to the KU Marching Jayhawks. Ms. Betsold holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Massachusetts.
Co-Advisor: Allen Feinstein
Allen Feinstein directs the Wind Ensemble. He is also the student activities advisor to the Concert Band, Pep Band, and Symphony Orchestra. He has BS in Astronomy from Harvard University and MM from the New England Conservatory. Adam Frey, guest soloist for the Boston Pops, recorded Feinstein’s Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra with the New Zealand Symphony, which was released on the MSR Classical Label in June 2007. The concerto won the prestigious Phillips Award for compositional excellence from the International Tuba Euphonium Association for the best work written for the instrument between 2002 and 2006. Prof. Feinstein’s musical At Swim Two Boys received a professional production as part of the Northeastern Center for the Arts concert series on February 9-10, 2007. Prof. Feinstein composed a score to D.W. Griffith’s silent short film Voice of the Violin, for Treasures 3, a project of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He also orchestrated the full-length film Where Are My Children? for that DVD compilation, which was released in October 2007. He also served as conductor for those film scores. The DVD set was on many ‘best of’ lists for 2007, including those of The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The New Yorker. Feinstein’s compositions have been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony, US Army Orchestra, University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, Eugene Symphony, Akron Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Northeastern Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, Harvard Wind Ensemble, Brown University Wind Symphony, and many other bands and orchestras.
Marketing & Promotions Coordinator: Darren Costa
Darren Costa joined the Northeastern staff in July 2013. He is responsible for the department’s marketing efforts, as well as game attendance, game atmosphere, merchandise sales, and the fan experience.
Costa rejoins the Huskies after spending 12 months in Dunk City at Florida Gulf Coast University. As the marketing and corporate partnerships assistant, he was responsible for all marketing activities, including oversight of the Dirty Birds student fan group, special events, gameday promotions, sponsorship activation, campus outreach, attendance, and fan experience.
A 2012 Northeastern graduate with a degree in criminal justice, Costa spent three years as a student employee in the athletic department, working in equipment, athletic communications, and marketing. A 2012 Compass Award Winner, he also served three years as Student Government’s director of athletics initiatives and founded Northeastern’s men’s basketball student section, the N Zone.
Costa is an active of member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators and currently resides in Boston’s North End. He can be followed on Twitter at @DarrenJCosta.