Looking back on his 50 years there, Rand said some of his favorite memories were producing the original musical plays which he wrote year after year.
"It's just such a unique and amazing school," he said of NCS. "There are kids from literally all over the world that come there. We'd have members of royalty doing barn chores sometimes."
These days, Rand lives in Lake Placid and Keene Valley rather than in the school's dormitory. He's proud to call himself a 44'er, having hiked all but two of the Adirondacks' High Peaks.
Still, Rand is showing no signs of giving up teaching. He's expected to have upwards of 30 students this term for individual lessons in piano and violin.
"I guess there's something to be said for inertia," Rand said jokingly.