New direction for Midcoast Community Chorus

Oct 06, 2017
Steven Weston

Camden — Midcoast Community Chorus has begun its fall semester under the artistic direction of Steven Weston. Having completed a national search, MCC was pleased to make the selection of a familiar face. Weston previously directed the MCC Chorale and the MCC concert of January 2016; and served as Interim Artistic Director for 2017’s spring semester and June concert.  MCC members broke out in joyful applause when informed of his acceptance to become an ongoing presence and inspiration to the future development of the organization.

Weston brings extensive experience as a choral director and musician to MCC, now beginning its 10th year as a non-auditioned chorus “singing as a community for the community.”  A native of Maine, he completed a degree in music education at the University of Maine and a master’s degree in choral conducting at New Mexico State University. He spent many years as a conductor and professional chorister in New Mexico, Nevada and Maine.

Currently, Weston continues to perform regularly as both singer and assistant conductor for Vox Nova Chamber Choir of Brunswick and as a flutist. He maintains a large voice and flute studio; and is music director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast.

Weston described his acceptance of the position of Artistic Director of MCC as a settling in, a decision for “a change that is exciting to me.” In preparing for a concert, he selects arrangements that give new breath to old favorites; finds contemporary choral pieces that engage and surprise the listener; includes a piece or two that will extend each singer’s ability; and even “choreographs” new features into a performance. Weston is looking to secure more venues and music events, so that MCC singers can be “out and about” performing more often to bring the joy of music directly into the community.

MCC singers and its Board of Trustees eagerly support Steven Weston’s artistic direction to bring a new, broader vision for MCC’s future as a mature and growing community organization.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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