Richard Nickerson

LEWISTON — The Maine Music Society has appointed Richard Nickerson as its new artistic director.

Nickerson is planning a variety of stirring performances for the 2021-22 concert season. He serves as director of choral activities at Windham High School, a position he has held for 34 years. He is a highly-qualified musician with degrees in choral conducting as well as experience in orchestral conducting. A frequent guest conductor and clinician, he has made numerous guest appearances in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Nickerson has served as the artistic director of the Boy Singers of Maine (2001-2009) and as chorus conductor for the “Magic of Christmas” with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (2007-2014).  His choirs have performed for many dignitaries, including three U.S. presidents. His numerous awards include Maine Music Educator of the Year, Maine Distinguished Choral Director of the Year and runner-up for Maine Teacher of the Year. He has held many professional offices, including two terms as president of the Maine chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

He and his wife, Linda, reside in Windham and have four grown children. Nickerson’s opening concert will be “A Season of Celebration” to be performed Dec. 11 and 12 at the Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston.

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