History

Wescustago Youth Chorale is so excited to be celebrating their 22nd Season this year, 2019-20.  Although times have changed over twenty years, and many singers have held and sung our music, the basic tenements of the Chorale still hold true today.

Ann Dillon founded The Wescustago Youth Chorale in 1998.  Ann had a vision for a community-based, non-sectarian youth choir that would not only strive for musical excellence, but also promote mutual respect and inclusivity.  For the past 22 years, singers have helped Ann bring that dream to reality!  WYC began with one group of 24 voices in grades 6 – 12; we now have three groups of over 50 voices in grades 3 – 12.

WYC has performed with Portland Symphony Orchestra in their production of Magic of Christmas, Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker, with Natalie McMaster with Portland Ovations, York County Concert Association, Harlem School of the Arts in NYC, Maine State House, several festivals and retirement centers, many Community Fundraisers such as Make a Wish, Lions Club, Maine Council for Child Abuse and Domestic Violence, area Churches and Community Tree Lightings.  WYC has also enjoyed collaborations with several other choral groups.  They have also sung the National Anthem at several venues, including at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox, Hadlock Field for the Sea Dogs, the Portland Expo Building for the Red Claws, and at the Cumberland Center Civic for the Portland Pirates.

Ann Dillon, Found of Wescustago Youth Chorale, Conductor of WYC and WYC Training Choir 1998-2009, and Former Conductor of Wescustago Singers, 2009-2011.

In 1998, Ann Dillon fulfilled a long-held dream to establish a choral group for young people who would not only strive for musical excellence, but would also build a community of inclusion and mutual respect.  Ann is retired from teaching music in the Cumberland school system, and now spends her retired life training for triathalons and making music with various groups.Ann Dillon

 

 

Lise Dunn, Former Conductor of Kennebec Singers, 2009-2014.

Lise Dunn taught music at the Mast Landing School, an upper elementary school in Freeport.  She has degrees in music education from USM and a masters degree in choral conducting from the University of Maine at Orono.  Her teaching experience included work with children of all ages in singing and playing instruments, and in writing collaborative musicals with the faculty at her school.  She directed the Southern Maine Children’s Chorus from 1995-2009 and has been a guest conductor at several choral festivals.  In addition to music she enjoys spending time with her family, sailing and hiking.Lise thank you

 

 

Amanda Mahaffey, Former Conductor of Wescustago Singers, 2011-2019.

Mrs. Mahaffey came to us with a wonderful variety of choral and teaching experience.  Mrs. Mahaffey had taught music at Bowdoin College, St. John’s Catholic School, and St. Dominic Academy as well as directed the Teen Band at St. Charles Borromeo in Brunswick   She was also an active singer and section leader of the Choral Art Society, Bowdoin Chorus, and Rachmaninoff Festival Choir, where she had the honor of serving as an occasional conductor and soloist. Mrs. Mahaffey holds an Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Forestry from Yale University.  In her professional life, she can be found promoting forest stewardship as the Northeast Region Director of the Forest Stewards Guild. Mrs. Mahaffey’s diverse interests give her a well-rounded approach to music making and teaching.

 

Deana and Amanda