Maine Music Society elects 2022-24 officers

The 2022-2024 Maine Music Society officers from left to right are President Richard O’Brien, Secretary Susan Trask, Vice President Sheryl Whitmore and Treasurer Gil LaPointe. Photo submitted

The Maine Music Society Board of Directors has announced its new officers who will lead the nonprofit through its 32nd and 33rd seasons. President Richard O’Brien, Treasurer Gilbert J. LaPointe, and Secretary Susan Trask were re-elected for another two-year term at its June meeting. Board member Sheryl Whitmore was elected vice president, replacing David Blocher, who is retiring, according to a company press release.

O’Brien is a local lawyer, having practiced with Linnell, Choate & Webber for the past 40 years. Over the years, he has held various positions in several municipal and non-governmental organizations. He joined the society’s board of directors in 2017. Artistically, he has been singing in the tenor section of the MMS choir for seven years as well as the society’s chamber singers. He also sings in his church choir, was a cast member of the Autumn Musical with The Theater at Monmouth for many years, and is a dedicated bluegrass mandolinist.

O’Brien has lived in Winthrop for many years with his wife Ellen, with whom he is celebrating 45 years of marriage this summer. His children are adults and have careers that range from craftsman carpenter to lawyer to craft brewer.

Whitmore is a retired librarian who was director of the Lisbon Library for seven years and reference librarian for the Lewiston Public Library for 12 years. She has also worked as a substitute teacher, production assistant at Thos Moser, and is a former organist/choir director for Minot Methodist Church.

She is an active member of the MMS Choir and MMS Chamber Singers, a volunteer visitor to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and a member of the hospice choir, and belongs to the organization Women Giving Back. Her hobbies include singing, creating beautiful art quilts, kayaking, hiking, biking and reading.

Now residing in Auburn, Whitmore was born in Blue Hill and has been a Mainer all her life. She and her husband, Jonathan, have two sons and five grandchildren.

LaPointe is a Lewiston native and graduated from St. Dominic’s High School in 1968. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell in 1972 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force in June 1972. where his specialty was communications and computer systems. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Management and a Master of Business Administration from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Shortly after retiring as a lieutenant colonel in January 1995, LaPointe converted a lifelong hobby in woodworking into a woodworking business from 1996 to 2002. He was also active in community, serving as chairman of the basilica’s restoration committee from 2002 to 2007 and as business manager for the various Catholic churches in Lewiston, from where he retired in 2014. Having attended society concerts since Retiring from the Air Force, he readily accepted an invitation to join the MMS Board in 2015 and has served as its Treasurer since 2016. He lives with his wife Connie in Auburn.

Trask has been singing alto with the Maine Music Society Chorale since its inception. She is also a member of the Chamber Singers and president of the choir. Additionally, she is known for writing the musical notes that are shared with the public as part of our spring pop concerts.

She lives in Auburn with her husband Woody who also sings with the choir. She is retired from a career as a teacher and literary coach in Auburn schools. Upon retirement, she volunteered with Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice, serving in patient support at Homes and Hospice House. She co-founded and directed Androscoggin Harmony, the hospice choir, from which she recently retired.

When not involved in her various singing pursuits, she enjoys sewing, reading, puns, sailing and kayaking.

The Maine Music Society is a non-profit music organization located in central Maine, organized to support the artistic and educational pursuits of volunteer singers auditioning for the MMS Chorale and MMS Chamber Singers. MMS delivers quality performances to audiences through imaginative programming under the direction of Dr. Richard Nickerson.

For more information, visit mainemusicsociety.org, call 207-333-3386, or like them on Facebook.

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