Corrie named director of Maine Music Society

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LEWISTON – John Corrie, who has been teaching at Bates College since 1982, where he is a lecturer in music, has been named the new artistic director of the Maine Music Society, which includes the Androscoggin Chorale and the Maine Chamber Ensemble.

“We are delighted that John has agreed to accept the expanded role of artistic director. He brings enthusiasm, wonderful musical ability and many years of experience as a conductor,” said Dr. Edward Z. Walworth, president of the MMS board.

“John has brought new energy to rehearsals and a new outlook for the singers. He’s a singer and a vocal coach himself, and approaches all the music we sing from the standpoint of making beautiful sound. We are learning new techniques and having a lot of fun in the process,” said alto Susan Trask, a member of the Androscoggin Chorale.

Corrie holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University School of Music and Yale University School of Music. A Fulbright-Hays Scholar, he Corrie studied organ and harpsichord at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria, in 1972-1973.

He conducts the Bates College Choir, teaches musicianship classes and gives private lessons in voice, organ and harpsichord. Since 1982, he has been organist and choir director of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Episcopal) in Falmouth.

This past spring, Corrie was named interim music director of the Maine Music Society. He was recently elected president of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is a frequent performer in the concert series at the Portland Conservatory, at Olin Arts Center at Bates College and in other Maine venues, in particular at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor.

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