Archive for June 7th, 2014


Maine Music Educators Conference

June 7, 2014

Annual event

Maine music teachers and students gathered at the University of Maine in Orono for the Maine Music Educators Association’s (MMEA) In-Service Conference last month. The conference offered performances from chorus, band, strings and jazz, and also provided professional development opportunities on proficiency and student assessment methods specific to each area of instruction. The workshops focused on the value of music education and musicianship and were presented by university and K-12 faculty, conductors, professional musicians and band directors.

Educators recognized for their outstanding service and support of school music programs were Falmouth Public Schools superintendent Barbara Powers as MMEA’s Administrator of the Year and RSU 9 based Mount Blue High School music teacher Karen Beacham as MMEA ‘s Teacher of the Year.

The conference’s universal theme was the lessons that music teach including conveying ideas adjusting techniques and collaboration through musical performance.

National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Christopher Woodside spoke about how music education not only impacts academic achievement, it also shapes the way students understand themselves and the world around them.

This post was contributed by Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Kevin Facer at and also appeared in the Commissioner’s Update, June 4, 2014.


Vox Noa Chamber Choir

June 7, 2014


Vox Nova Chamber Choir, a Midcoast-based ensemble dedicated to the creative exploration of modern and contemporary vocal music, will present their spring concert of contemporary choral music on June 14, 2014 at 7:30pm and on June 15th at 3:00pm in the new Unitarian Universalist Church at 15 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, Maine.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir

The June 2014 concert, The Sounding Sea: O Beautiful Forever! invites the listener to contemplate the infinite ocean and the experience of an earthly world through the lens of such wonders as the Northern Lights, a stormy sea or the expanse of wide waters. The concert opens with a set entitled, The Blue Estuaries, by David Ashley White, a smart and elegant setting of exquisite texts wherein the audience will hear the words, “O beautiful forever” open the program in a glorious opening cadence. Veljo Tormis’ Virmalised (Northern Lights) and Incantation for a Stormy Sea access the brilliant depths of sound and effect that can be achieved by the men’s and women’s forces. Drop in the Ocean by Erik Esenvalds and Past Life Melodies by Australian composer Sarah Hopkins provide gravitas while Erik Whitacre’s Water Night serenely captures the true depth of still waters. The concert concludes with the King Singers’ soulful and stately Horizons, a lush arrangement of Oh Shenandoah and an elegant setting of The Water is Wide featuring harpist Virginia “Suki” Flanagan.

Tickets are $20 in advance at Now You’re Cooking in Bath; Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick; and Longfellow Books in Portland and $25 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased at our website: Please bring your printed receipt for proof of purchase.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir, founded in 2009 by Director Shannon Chase and singer Karen Topp, is comprised of faculty and alumni of Bowdoin College as well as members of the Midcoast, Central and Southern Maine musical communities. A mixed choir of 32-38 voices, Vox Nova is best known for adventurous programming and its resonant, sleek sound. A champion of the expansive body of modern and contemporary choral music, Vox Nova Chamber Choir introduces its audiences to new and explorative elements of music and sound each season.

Dr. Shannon M. Chase holds degrees from the Florida State University, the University of Maine, and the University of Southern Maine. She has studied choral conducting and literature under nationally renowned conductors as Rodney Eichenberger, André Thomas, Helmut Rilling, Anton Armstrong, Donald Nuen, Doreen Rao, Weston Noble, Robert Shaw and Sir David Wilcox. She has served on the faculties of The University of Oregon, Bowdoin and Colby Colleges and Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. Shannon lives in Rockport, ME and performs and teaches music throughout Midcoast and Southern Maine.

Dr. Shannon M. Chase, Director
(207) 462-5669

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