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 15 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 90 voices in grades 3 – 12.
WYC has performed with Portland Symphony Orchestra in their production of Magic of Christmas, Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker, York County Concert Association, Harlem School of the Arts in NYC, 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 and at the Cumberland Center Civic for the Portland Pirates.
Lise Dunn, Former Conductor of Kennebec Singers, 2009-2014.
Lise Dunn teaches 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 has 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. She is delighted to be directing the Wescustago Youth Chorale’s Kennebec Singers. In addition to music she enjoys spending time with her family, sailing and hikings.