In June 2018, Tri City Community Chorus celebrated our 20th anniversary. What a glorious night it was!
The photo above features Founding Director Gary Marcet, past Musical Director Matt Murray, and past
accompanist Denise Calkins, all of whom joined us to make the evening more than magical!
From its inception, TCCC has had the benefit of working with a series of amazingly talented and dedicated
musical directors and accompanists:
Gary Marcet, Founding Director
In 1998, Gary Marcet founded the Tri City Community Chorus with a vision and a group of 35 dedicated
singers from the communities of Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach.
Gary envisioned a space where those who love music and all it does for the human spirit could sing together
each week, explore the range of vocal music available, and perfect their craft … but mostly, bask in the love
of singing together.
By its inaugural concert in June at Biddeford City Theater, Gary’s skill and passion had drawn together a group
of 65 members. By August, that number swelled to 100. Gary led and maintained a dedicated chorus for ten years,
with a membership that gradually expanded to surrounding towns and cities.
Gary’s steadfast commitment, musical expertise, and boundless energy and passion for singing created a secure
rehearsal setting where members could come each week to thrive and grow.
Gary’s last performance with TCCC was in June of 2008.
We are forever grateful to Gary for planting the seed that has blossomed and grown during all the
wonderful years that have followed.
Gary was Vocal Music Director and Fine Arts Department Head at Biddeford High School for 18 prolific
years, from 1994 to 2012.
Under his direction, the BHS program grew from 13 to 100 singers, and the
well-taught Chamber Singers performed for a variety of audiences, from the Maine State House to Cape
Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
In 1997, Gary was honored by his colleagues statewide when he was named
Maine Music Educator of the Year.
In addition to his duties at BHS, Gary also served as Choir Director at the University of New England
from 1994 to 1998.
Prior to his arrival in Biddeford in 1994, he served as Vocal Music Director for the
Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough, NH from 1979 to 1994. While at ConVal High,
he was a private instructor of piano and voice, as he has been for most of his career.
A graduate of Boston University in 1979, Gary studied choral music and conducting with some notably reputable
instructors. While in college, he also sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus
under some of the world’s greatest conductors.
Wesley Raines, Musical Director
In August 2017, Wesley Raines became the Tri City Community Chorus’s present Music Director.
A consummate teacher, Wes has already succeeded in taking the chorus to new heights of musical
understanding and singing ability. His easygoing manner and willingness to listen have won our respect
and affection, but it’s his passion for music and singing that constantly spurs us on to try new things and achieve more.
Since January 2016, Wes has been Director of Choirs at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, N.H. He teaches three
levels of choir, as well as courses in music history, music theory, guitar, and piano, and has directed the annual Spring
Wes is also Choral Manager for the Lakes Region Music Festival.
Wes holds a BM in Music Education from the University of Maine, where he studied under renowned conductors
Dr. Dennis Cox and Francis Vogt. and toured New England and
Canada with the University of Maine Singers.
Jeffrey Coggins, accompanist
Jeffrey became TCCC’s accompanist in August of 2015.
Jeffrey quickly won our hearts with his skill and patience. He has very quickly formed
a musical alliance with two successive music directors, seamlessly transitioning from
one to another and keeping our rehearsals consistently productive.
Jeffrey’s sly sense of humor and kindness have made him yet another well-loved member of our chorus family.
In addition to his position with TCCC, Jeffrey is Music Director of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford/Springvale
where he plays organ and directs the parish choir and cantors.
Prior to St. Thérèse, he served as an organist for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland
and Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk/Wells/Ogunquit. He has also served as accompanist, cantor,
of Liturgical Music at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.
Since the summer of 2008, Jeffrey has been Music Director of Booth Productions (Booth Theater) in Ogunquit.
Just a 5-minute walk down to Ogunquit Beach, it is a black box theater where two musical productions are put on
each summer with community actors as well as with professional actors.
Jeffrey also performs at other musical theaters throughout southern Maine, mostly community productions,
either as music director, conductor, pianist, or keyboardist. He especially enjoys playing/programming synthesizer
for musicals, and has spent countless hours making sure that his patch changes are flawless!
Jeffrey very much enjoys doing music in the community and in academia with all ages, and considers himself
to be a collaborative keyboardist, being able to play any kind of keyboard instrument that is required of him.
He has also served as a choir accompanist for several local schools and honors festival choirs.
Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, School of Music
in 2005. Here he studied piano, harpsichord, organ, percussion, and choral music with exceptional music teachers,
and performed in many ensembles under the baton of notable conductors. He feels very fortunate to have met
many talented musicians there and elsewhere, and looks forward to meeting many more!
Nick MacDonald was honored and excited to become the Musical Director of the Tri City Community Chorus
in June 2015. Nick remained with TCCC until June 2017.
Nick was a force for kindness, respect and justice during his work with the Chorus. His choice of musical numbers
deliberately reflected these values, and he embraced and embodied the spirit of community that makes belonging
to TCCC the rich experience that it is. He truly became one of our family.
Nick’s tenure with TCCC ended when he and his wife Madeline moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where
Nick is pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts, his other passion.
During his years in Maine, Nick served as Choral Director at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, where he
taught chorus, music history, music theory, general music and voice for grades 4-12. He is a versatile freelance
performer and song leader, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer/songwriter.
Nick holds a BM in Music Education summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine, as well as a Certificate
of Theological Studies in creative spiritual practice from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Matthew Murray took the reins of the Tri City Community Chorus as Musical Director following the departure
of Gary Marcet. He remained its Music Director from June 2008 through June 2015.
During those seven years, Matt brought his high spirits, skilled teaching and dedication to the community to bear
on all he did, and became a beloved teacher and friend to TCCC members. Under his direction, the chorus performed
many challenging works including Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Daniel
Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.”
Matt is Director of Vocal Music at Gorham High School in Gorham, Maine. In addition to teaching two choirs at GHS,
he also teaches courses in piano, guitar, and music theory. Prior to his arrival at Gorham High School, Matt spent
eleven years at Kennebunk High School.
Matt holds a B.M. in Music Education, with a voice major and trumpet minor from the University of Maine under
the tutelage of Dr. Dennis Cox. He also holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern
Maine under Dr. Robert Russell, and a M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from USM under Bruce Fithian and Ellen Chickering.
In addition to his duties with TCCC and at GHS, Matt has been deeply involved in the southern Maine music education
world. He served as the Maine Music Educators Association District Chairperson from 2000-2003 and 2008-2011,
and as the Choral Director at the Southern Maine String Academy and the Southern Maine Junior High Music Academy.
In addition, Matt has had the honor of conducting several district and regional sixth grade, middle school, and high
school honors choirs in Maine and New Hampshire. Matt regularly serves as Choral Manager for the MMEA District I
High School Music Festival.
He is a native of Greenville, Maine and currently resides in Scarborough with his wife, Catherine, who is Director of
Vocal Music at Thornton Academy, and their two children.
Denise Calkins was accompanist with Tri-City from its beginning in 1998 until June of 2015 – seventeen years
of dedicated commitment.
During those years, we were blessed with her unsurpassed skill and her ability to interpret whatever music score
was given her with thoughtful regard for the composer’s intent, and with consistent collaboration with the Director.
Denise’s playing brought the emotion, life and color of music to both ear and soul. She will always remain in our
hearts as a member of the TCCC family.
Denise holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to running a private piano studio,
she is Choral Accompanist for the South Portland schools and Waynflete, where she assumed a teaching position
with the Applied Arts Staff in the Fall of 2012.
Denise is the Pianist at Williston Immanuel United Church in Portland, and has also been the Music Director/Accompanist
for several productions in the greater Portland area.