Coordinators: Suzanne Adams
Week Conference Fee:
Week Conference Fee:
- Adult $228
- Adult $270
- Adult $50/day
ChoralFest Conference Leaders
Dr. Drew Collins, Artistic Director
The Artistic Director for ChoralFest provides a vision for the conference, selecting music, leading rehearsals, planning the final chapel service, and conducting the choir. Drew Collins is a choral conductor, composer, and educator. He has served on the choral faculties of Central Connecticut State University, Wright State University, and Augustana College. He is choir director at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation in New London, Connecticut. Dr. Collins holds degrees from Concordia College, Boston University, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is in demand as a festival conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. One attendee said, “Drew has an uncanny ability to bring joy to learning and singing that is contagious. We learned so much about vocal technique, how to interpret music, and how to blend as a chorus.”
Tim Horne, Accompanist
Tim provides accompaniment for ChoralFest rehearsals, performances, and social events, and also plays for daily chapel services. He is the music director at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, NY. He is also the accompanist for the Catskill Choral Society, Hartwick College Choir, and Oneonta High School. He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Ellie Rolick, Musician of the Week
The Musician of the Week leads the pick-up choir at daily morning chapel services, leads after-dinner singing, and is available to assist in accompaniment and coaching for the weekly Talent/No Talent Show.
Ellie Rolnick feels that she was called to music ministry and choral leading while attending the first ChoralFest Conference in 2007. A long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, she became their choir director in 2007. In 2008 she helped to create “The Harbour Singers”, a choir for end of life. Although she has no formal music training other than piano lessons as a teenager she continues “on the job training”. She received her Music Leadership Credentials through the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2014 and is also a fledgling songwriter. When not involved in singing, Ellie has been a chiropractor for over 35 years and has an active and thriving practice in Biddeford.
Suzanne Adams, Conference Coordinator
The Conference Coordinator for ChoralFest promotes the conference, coordinates with Ferry Beach staff leading up to and during the conference, provides information to singers considering attending ChoralFest, and facilitates their visit once they have signed up. Suzanne took on this vital position in 2013. Suzanne is a founding member of ChoralFest and has attended the conference every year since. She has decades of choral and solo singing experience with her church choir and local choral organizations. Now retired from the association management company she and her husband owned, she loves applying her writing, graphic design, and meeting planning experience to bringing people together to sing. And what better place to combine singing, Maine, and the beach than magical Ferry Beach that she has come to love in the last 25 years she has been coming for retreats and conferences.
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A Note from Our Artistic Director, Dr. Drew Collins
Ferry Beach is a magical place: the sunsets and moonrises, the beach, the pines, the people, the spirit… Making beautiful harmony only adds to the grandeur. At ChoralFest, we have an opportunity to dig deep into repertoire, exploring detail and meaning that hustled rehearsals during the year do not always allow for. You will leave Ferry Beach with improved skills, new ideas, a restored spirit, memories, and friendships to last a lifetime. There is nothing quite so restorative as breathing in ocean air, and breathing out a beautiful song. I hope you will join us!