LEWISTON – Dr. Edward Z. Walworth, Maine Music Society board president, has announced that John Corrie has been named the new artistic director of the organization that 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,” Walworth said.

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

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

Last spring, Corrie was named interim music director of the Maine Music Society. He has recently been elected as president of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Corrie is a frequent performer in concert series at the Portland Conservatory, Olin Arts Center at Bates College, and in other Maine venues, in particular at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor.

Susan Trask, an alto in the Androscoggin Chorale, said, “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.”

Corrie will conduct the Androscoggin Chorale in Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other Christmas selections at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the First Congregational Church in South Paris and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Franco-American Heritage Center. For tickets, call L/A Arts at 782-7228.


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