Maine Music Society elects news officers – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

The Maine Music Society Board of Directors has announced its new officers who will lead the nonprofit organization through its 30th and 31st seasons.

Board member Richard O’Brien was elected chairman, replacing retiring Connie Hitchcock, and Board member David Blocher was elected vice chairman replacing retiring Sandy MacDonald. Re-elected for a two-year term were Treasurer Gilbert J. LaPointe and Secretary Susan Trask, according to a news release from the Lewiston-based society.

Richard O’Brien Photo courtesy of the Maine Music Society

O’Brien is a local attorney, having practiced with the firm of Linnell, Choate & Webber for the past 38 years. Over the years, he has served in various capacities for a number of municipal and non-governmental organizations.

He joined the MMS Board in 2017. Artistically, O’Brien has been singing in the tenor section of the MMS Chorale for the past seven years as well as in the Society’s Chamber Singers. He also sings in his church choir, has been a member of the cast for the fall musical with The Theater at Monmouth for many years, and is a devoted bluegrass mandolinist.

Most importantly, O’Brien has lived for many years in Winthrop with his wife Ellen, with whom he celebrates 43 years of marriage this summer.

David Blocher Photo