Maine Music Society elects 2022-24 officers

Maine Music Society officers, left to right: President Richard O’Brien, Secretary Susan Trask, Vice President Sheryl Whitmore and Treasurer Gilbert LaPointe.

LEWISTON — The Maine Music Society board of directors has announced its new officers who will lead the nonprofit through its 32nd and 33rd seasons.

Re-elected for another two-year term at its June meeting: President Richard O’Brien, Treasurer Gilbert J. LaPointe and Secretary Susan Trask. Board member Sheryl Whitmore was elected vice-president, succeeding David Blocher, who is retiring.

O’Brien is a local attorney who has practiced with Linnell Choate & Webber in Auburn for the past 40 years. Over the years, O’Brien has held various positions with several municipal and non-governmental organizations. He joined the board of the Maine Music Society in 2017.

Artistically, O’Brien has sung in the tenor section of the choir for seven years and in the society’s chamber singers. He also sings in his church choir, was a cast member for many years for the Autumn Musical with The Theater at Monmouth 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 also worked as a substitute teacher, manufacturing assistant at Thos. Moser and is a former organist and choir director at Minot Methodist Church.

She is now a member of the Maine Music Society Choir and Chamber Singers, an Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Volunteer visitor to the hospice and 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 living in Auburn, Sheryl 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, graduating from Saint Dominic 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 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, where his specialty was communications and computer systems. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Management and an MBA from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Shortly after retiring as a lieutenant colonel in January 1995, LaPointe converted a lifelong hobby of woodworking into a business from 1996 to 2002. He was also active in the community, serving as as chairman of the basilica’s restoration committee from 2002 to 2007, and as a business manager. director of the various Catholic churches in Lewiston, who retired in 2014.

Having attended Maine Music Society concerts since retiring from the Air Force, LaPointe was quick to accept an invitation to join the board in 2015, and has been its treasurer since 2016. He lives with his wife, Connie, in Auburn.

Trask has been singing alto with the Maine Music Society Choir since its inception. She is also a member of chamber choirs 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.

Trask 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 at Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice, serving in patient support in homes and at 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, Trask enjoys sewing, reading, word puzzles, sailing, and kayaking.

The Maine Music Society is a non-profit music group in central Maine, organized to support the arts and educational pursuits of choir audition volunteer singers and chamber singers.

The company delivers quality performances to audiences through imaginative programming under the direction of Richard Nickerson.

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