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Press Release:
The Maine Music Society
August 13, 2021
Contacts:  Connie Hitchcock, Marketing Committee Chair,

For immediate release

Maine Music Society Chorale Auditions

The Maine Music Society will be holding auditions for the 2021-2022 season on Thursday, September 2.  Interested singers should contact the new Artistic Director, Richard Nickerson (  In your email, if applicable, include a brief statement about your previous choral experience. No experience is required. Please note that MMS singers must  be fully vaccinated.

Auditions for the Maine Music Society Chorale
Thursday, September 2, 2021 
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
78 Pleasant Street
Auburn, ME

FMI: How to Audition

Additional times available by contacting the Artistic Director.

Auditions will be in person and scheduled in advance.  There is nothing to prepare ahead of time.  

You will be asked to sing ascending and descending scales to assess your vocal range. You will also be asked to sing some melodic patterns played on the piano. You may be asked to make some adjustments. The overall purpose of the audition is to assess skills to ensure that all singers are placed in the appropriate section. Above all, relax and be yourself.


The Maine Music Society
June 8, 2020
Contacts:  Connie Hitchcock, Marketing Committee Chair,

For immediate release

Meet Our New  Artistic Director – Dr. Richard Nickerson

The Maine Music Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Nickerson as its new Artistic Director.  Dr. Nickerson, or “Rick” as he prefers to be called, is planning a variety of stirring performances for the 2021-22 concert season.

Rick presently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Windham High School in Windham, Maine, 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.  Dr. 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 3 U.S. Presidents. 

Dr. Nickerson has received numerous awards including Maine Music Educator of the Year, Maine Distinguished Choral Director of the Year and runner up for Maine Teacher of the Year. In January 2009, he was recognized by Choral Director magazine as one of its “Choral Directors of Note”. In December 2016, he was named as a Top-10 finalist for the Music Educator Grammy Award.  He has held many professional offices including 2 terms as President of the Maine chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. 

The singers and instrumentalists of the Maine Music Society welcome Rick as their new Artistic Director and are excited to begin a new chapter in the Society’s long history of performing classical and pop works of the highest quality and interest to our community.  

Rick and his wife, Linda, reside in Windham and have four grown children. 

Dr. Nickerson’s opening concert will be “A Season of Celebration” to be performed on December 11 & 12, 2021 at the Gendron Franco Center.  Please join us in welcoming Rick to the Lewiston-Auburn arts scene.