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. His 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, he 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.
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.
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.
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 Musical. 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.
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.
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, 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
Joyce Hollman, President
Becky Corliss, Vice President
Cecelia Clapp, Secretary
Kimberley Austin, Treasurer
Daniel Lachance, Music Librarian
Patricia Lachance, Membership Secretary
Jessica Paiva, Soprano Section Leader
Lea Croce, Alto Section Leader
James Cole, Tenor Section Leader
Levi Braman, Bass Section Leader
Diane Tracy, Past President (non-voting)
Wesley Raines, Music Director (non-voting)
Vicki Hill, Publicity Coordinator
Becky Corliss, Advertising and Program Layout Coordinator
Kimberly LaPointe, Poster and Program Designer
Stefanie Wayne-Workman, Scholarship Coordinator
Donna Perreault & Celine LaRiviere, Apparel Coordinators
Jessica Paiva, Social Media Coordinator
Joyce Hollman, Website coordinator
Vivian Gosselin, Attendance Coordinator
Denise Thibault, 50/50 Raffle Coordinator
Rochelle and Becky Corliss, Hospitality Coordinators