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GUEST DIRECTOR — DOUGLAS BECK

Residing in Bangor, Maine, Douglas Beck enjoys creating and inspiring the creative and spiritual work of others in Maine’s close-knit local and regional communities while linking that work to daily living. Douglas works with music students at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. He maintains engaging relationships with musicians and visual artists as well as the spiritually minded of all ages, levels and backgrounds whether as Coordinator of music ensembles, guest conductor of the Acadia Choral Society, facilitator of Julian Gatherings and People of the Way as well as Piano Accompanist with the Bagaduce Chorale. Additionally, he supports congregations in their worship life and music making serving as Adjunct in Liturgy and Music at Bangor Theological Seminary until its closing in 2013 and before that at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia..

Douglas has enjoyed a lifetime of making music. His earliest memories involve singing for churches with his mother accompanying him on piano. His music degrees are from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. As a choral conductor and keyboard artist Douglas has performed recitals and directed church and community choirs of all ages in North America and Europe, from Ottawa to New York and London to Cologne. Whatever the musical medium or venue, Douglas has a gift for bringing out the very best in people, helping to achieve results often beyond what they imagine possible. He especially enjoys working with people to open up their own, unique creative voice. Regarding his musical philosophy he says, “The goal for music making is the gift that music brings into each life. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of making music reach far deeper than any performance goal. Performance is a result.”

(Note: this bio is from Douglas' website douglasabeck.com)

ACCOMPANIST & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR—KIMBERLY HALLER

A native South Carolinian, Kimberly Maney Haller received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from the College of Charleston, her Master of Music in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University and studied Musicology in the Doctoral program at the University of Maryland. She currently serves as organist for St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth, Maine, and is active as a duo-pianist, accompanist, and private piano instructor.

Accompanying since the age of 12, Kimberly has performed with choirs and instrumentalists throughout the states and has served as a staff accompanist for the National Trumpet Competition. She has performed as special guest artist with The Bagaduce Chorale and she continues to play in local concerts at such venues as the Rockport Opera House, Jesup Memorial Library, Bangor Public Library, and Corthell Concert Hall.

Kimberly, her husband Karl, and their dog Little Lady live on Swan's Island, Maine. She writes the Swan’s Island column in the weekly newspaper The Mount Desert Islander, directs the music for the Swan's Island Annual Community Christmas Gathering, and serves as site manager for the Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse on Swan’s Island. She and her husband enjoy renovating their century-old home and welcoming friends to their home for authentic outdoor lobster feasts.