Press Releases

Press Release:
The Maine Music Society
March 3, 2022
Contacts: Randi Cornelio, Board Member, ,Linda Nickerson, Board Member,

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Cornelio and Nickerson Join Maine Music Society Board

The Maine Music Society is pleased to welcome Randi Cornelio and Linda Nickerson to its Board of Directors. Each brings a unique knowledge and diverse experiences to help the Board meet its goals.

Randi Cornelio is a corporate accountant with Continuum Health Services following her employment in computer operations at C.H. Bass & Co.  Her extensive volunteer history includes serving meals to children at Lewiston’s Root Cellar, mission trips to Nigeria, Romania and Ecuador all to interact with and to help provide facilities for orphaned girls and street children.  She was also a Board member for The Foundation of Hope & Grace that was started to help vulnerable children and whose mission evolved to focus on child human trafficking victims both here and abroad.  She is the current treasurer of Christian Community Church of Turner and works with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Her background in all matters financial and in technical and creative computer programs makes her a valuable asset to Maine Music Society’s all-volunteer Board. Randi commented that she wants “to help raise awareness of MMS’ existence and wants others to know that music is still alive in our community whether they are looking for something to participate in or come listen to.” Randi resides in Turner.

Linda Nickerson is a senior administrative/executive assistant at Unum and previously worked for many years at Nalco Water an Ecolab Company as business support manager and district and regional administrative sales support. She is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in education.

Linda was a long-time member of the North Windham Union Church, UCC where she served on many boards and committees that included the Music with a Mission concert series. She was publicity manager and webmaster for both the concert series and the church for several years and enjoyed her work as chair of Christian Education, teaching Sunday School and leading junior and senior high youth groups.

She was a member of the church’s senior choir and sang for eight years in the Portland Symphony’s Magic of Christmas Chorus serving for her last two years as section leader. Her love of music combined with the professional and personal skills honed through many years of church and community volunteerism will assist in meeting the goals and mission for MMS. She looks forward to being involved in the board’s marketing committee to enhance and highlight MMS’s presence in the greater Lewiston-Auburn community. Linda states, “I want to share my skills to help keep MMS thriving and growing and to provide choral music opportunities to people of all ages who have a love of music.”  Linda and her husband Rick reside in Windham.

The Maine Music Society is a nonprofit music-performing organization that serves the communities of Central Maine through imaginative and artistically excellent public performances.  It supports the MMS Chorale, the MMS Chamber Singers and the MMS Orchestra. For more information and tickets to performances, visit

Press Release:
The Maine Music Society
November 30, 2021
Contacts: Richard Nickerson, Artistic Director,,  207-671-1192 [Mobile] Connie Hitchcock, Marketing Chair MMS,

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Maine Music Society Chorale’s Triumphant Return to Singing

The Maine Music Society Chorale, directed by Dr. Richard Nickerson and accompanied by pianist Bridget Convey, will present its holiday concert, A Season of Celebration, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.  

This will be the first concert since the Holiday performance of December 2019 – two long years ago.  The Chorale’s triumphant return to singing will include many familiar works featuring Robert Shaw’s Many Moods of Christmas, Suite #3 and Michael John Trotta’s Gloria.  

Celebrating the holiday season with the MMS Chorale has become a beloved tradition in the L/A area, and you won’t want to miss the highlight of the concert season.  Its 48 volunteer singers from within and around the LA community have been enthusiastically rehearsing for weeks and are ready to make this a performance to remember! 

Come usher in the season by celebrating time-held traditions while creating new ones.  This family-friendly concert promises to bring out the memories, spirit, celebration and magic of the holiday season.  

Important – Please note:  All performers and volunteers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Audience members 12-years or older must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or of a negative authorized COVID-19 test result for admission, and all attendees must be masked while in the Franco Center. This policy is for our collective health and safety, and will remain in effect until further notice.

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Tickets are available online at or by calling our business office at 207-333-3386.  

MMS encourages you to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

Ticket Information

The Maine Music Society thanks our season sponsors Hardy, Wolf & Downing and the Ladd Foundation and the Event Co-Sponsors Austin Associates and Cornerstone Wealth Planning for making this concert possible.

Press Release:
The Maine Music Society
Octobert 5, 2021
Contacts:  Connie Hitchcock, Online Auction Committee cochair, ,Susan Trask, Online Auction Committee cochair,

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Maine Music Society announces 4th annual Online Auction – November 6, 2021 to November 17, 2021

Looking for a unique shopping experience?  Take a look at the amazing assortment offered on the Maine Music Society’s fourth online auction site beginning November 6, 2021.   You’ll find everything from fishing flies tied by a local expert fly fisherman to homemade breads to a brand-new bike, vacation rentals, gift certificates from a variety of local businesses, beautiful artworks, photography, fashions and gift baskets crafted by local artisans, and dinner for four prepared by a local chef.

You’ll be able to preview everything on November 5 so that you’re ready to start bidding when the site goes live at noon November 6.  The Auction will close 10 days later at 9 pm on November 17, 2021.  Winners will be notified and given the location to pick up items.

Details on bidding procedures and a link to the auction website are available on the MMS website

MMS is pleased to announce that performances are back!   The Chorale is gearing up to present three exciting concerts in the  2021-22 season:  A Season of CelebrationThe Greatest Hits of the Past 400 Years, and Elle Chante – She Singsfeaturing female composers from Medieval music to gospel to contemporary artists like Carole King, Carly Simon and others.

Please support the MMS Chorale, Chamber Singers and Orchestra with this fantastic shopping experience just in time for the holidays.  

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Photos: samples of items available: vacation rental and Bass Harbor Light art quilt.

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

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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,

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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.