We were most fortunate in Gary Marcet’s firm foundation of the Tri City Community Chorus, built with passionate interest, care and enthusiasm from inception in 1998 through his retirement in 2008.  His biography follows:

Gary Marcet was the founding Director of the Tri City Community Chorus, along with a dedicated group of individuals in the communities of Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard who envisioned and sought a musical setting for interested singers.

Beginning in January, 1998 as a chorus of 35 singers, it had grown to 65 by June at its inaugural performance at Biddeford’s City Theater.  By August, the chorus had grown to 100 members under his enthusiastic and able direction.  He led and maintained a dedicated chorus for ten years, which gradually included singers from other surrounding towns, concluding his last performance with the TCCC in June, 2008.  His steady commitment, musical expertise, and boundless energy created a secure rehearsal setting weekly in which singers could thrive and grow.

Mr. Marcet 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, he was honored by his colleagues statewide when he was named Maine Music Educator of the Year.

In addition to his duties at BHS, he also served as Choir Director at the University of New England from 1994 to 1998.  Prior to his arrival in Biddeford in 1994, he had 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, he 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.

Following Mr. Marcet’s retirement, Matthew Murray directed the Chorus from June, 2008 to June, 2015.  He led the TCCC forward with dedicated commitment, and his excellent directing and teaching skills were applied with unending patience, joyful enthusiasm, and kind interest in each member’s musical growth.  Following is his biography:

Matthew Murray is Director of Vocal Music at Gorham High School in Gorham, Maine. In addition to two choirs at GHS, he also teaches courses in piano, guitar, and music theory.  Prior to his arrival at Gorham High School, he spent eleven years at Kennebunk High School.

Under his direction, the Tri City Community Chorus has performed such works as W. A. Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata”,  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”, Paul Basler’s “Missa Kenya”, Benjamin Britton’s “Ceremony of Carols”, and J. S. Bach’s “Wachet auf und die Stimme, WMV 140”.

Mr. Murray 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, Mr. Murray has served as the Maine Music Educators Association District Chairperson from 2000-2003 and 2008-2011. He also served as the Choral Director at the Southern Maine String Academy and the Southern Maine Junior High Music Academy.  In addition, he has been honored to conduct several district and regional sixth grade, middle school, and high school honors choirs in Maine and New Hampshire.  Mr. Murray 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.

We were delighted to welcome Nick MacDonald as Tri City Community Chorus’s next Music Director, commencing in June, 2015.  His superb directing and teaching skills have grown the Chorus forward, and his warm personality, kindness, respect and great sense of humor have been appreciated and enjoyed by all throughout the two years with the Chorus, concluding with the Spring concert, June 9, 2017. His biography follows:

Mr. MacDonald was honored and excited to be the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tri City Community Chorus.  He also served as Choral Director for the Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, where he taught chorus, music history, music theory, general music, and voice in grades 4-12.

He is a versatile freelance performer and song leader, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer/songwriter.

Mr. MacDonald 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, MA.

He has worked and performed with many local arts organizations, including The Choral Art Society, St. Mary Schola and, most recently, Figures of Speech Theatre.

Mr. MacDonald continues his vocal studies with Mark Sprinkle of the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, and has participated in workshops and master classes with Craig Jessop and Scott Metcalfe. Mr. MacDonald will further his education at Holland College in P.E.I., Canada, commencing in the fall of 2017.

We welcome out new Music Director, Wesley Raines, with great enthusiasm, and look forward to beginning our new season with him in August, 2017. Following is his biography:

Wes Raines has been Director or Choirs at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH. since January, 2016. A Prospect Mountain,  Mr. Raines teaches three levels of choir, as well as courses in music history, music theory, guitar, and piano, and has music-directed the annual Spring Musical. In addition to his duties at Prospect Mountain, Mr. Raines is also Choral Manager for the Lakes Region Music Festival.

Mr. Raines holds a BM in Music Education from the University of Maine, where he has studied under renowned Conductors Dr. Dennis Cox and Francis Vogt. and toured New England and Canada with the University of Maine Singers.

Post-graduation, he resides in his hometown of York, Maine, and has been a member of the Portland Community Chorus for the last two years.

Mr. Raines is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful and talented musicians of the Tri City Community Chorus.

Denise Calkins has been Pianist/Accompanist for the Tri City Community Chorus from its beginning in 1998 to June of 2015 – seventeen years of dedicated commitment.

Her skills as Accompanist are unsurpassed, as she interprets whatever music score is given her with thoughtful regard for its intended outcome by the composer, and with consistent collaboration with the Director.  She brings the emotion, life, and color of the music to the ear and soul.  Ms. Calkins will remain in our hearts and minds with loving regard and appreciation.  Following is her biography:

Denise Calkins has been with the Tri City Community Chorus from its beginning in 1998 to June, 2015. She holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Southern Maine.

In addition to 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.  Ms. Calkins 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.

She is mother to two wonderful boys, Sam and Max, and partner to her loving husband, Mark.

An important addendum of acknowledgment:  Jessica Newton (talented daughter of our fine alto singer, Laura Stone) has served as Page Turner for our Accompanist for every concert since 1998.  Her role of Page Turner is crucial to the successful outcome of the music played by the Accompanist as she must follow every note and anticipate the exact timing of turning each page as needed for absolute accuracy.  Ms. Newton has excelled in this position, and is most appreciated with loving regard by the Chorus.

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Jeffrey Coggins as our new Accompanist commencing August 24, 2015. His biography follows:

Jeffrey Coggins is honored to be the new accompanist for the Tri-City Community Chorus. He is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his musical collaborations with such a superb choir, and is delighted to assist in the growth and development of an appreciation of choral music in the community.

In addition to his new position with TCCC, he 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, and Coordinator of Liturgical Music at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.

Since the summer of 2008, he 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. He 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.

In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, School of Music. 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!

Tri-City Community Chorus
Executive Board Members

Diane Tracy, President
Joyce Hollman, Vice President
Cecelia Clapp, Secretary
Kimberley Austin, Treasurer
Daniel Lachance, Music Librarian
Patricia Lachance, Membership Secretary
Jessica Paiva, Soprano Section Leader
Becky Corliss, Alto Section Leader
James Cole, Tenor Section Leader
Michael Pierce, Bass Section Leader
Nancy Vanites, Past President (non-voting)
Wesley Raines, Music Director (non-voting)

Sub-Committees

Vicki Hill, Publicity Coordinator
Joyce Hollman, Advertising and Program Layout Coordinator
Kimberly LaPointe, Poster and Program Designer
Stefanie Wayne-Workman, Scholarship Coordinator
Donna Perreault & Celine LaRiviere, Apparel Coordinators
Lea Croce, Website and Fundraising Coordinator
Vivian Gosselin, Attendance Coordinator
Denise Thibault, 50/50 Raffle Coordinator
Rochelle and Becky Corliss, Hospitality Coordinators