BOOTHBAY, Maine — The Lincoln Festival Chorus announced the appointment of Anthony Antolini of Cushing as its new music director. Antolini’s first season will feature performances of Handel’s “Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate” accompanied by the Mozart Mentors Orchestra, Aug. 17 and 19, 2012, at the Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church.
Antolini succeeds Robert Russell, who has been the Festival Chorus music director for the past 17 seasons. Russell concluded his long tenure with the chorus in August with performances of the Mozart “Requiem.” Sean Fleming will continue as the group’s rehearsal accompanist.
Antolini was chosen from a field of more than 20 applicants for the position. The Lincoln Festival Chorus, now in its 31st season, is a part of the Lincoln Arts Festival, founded in 1980, which offers a variety of musical and poetry events in the Boothbay Harbor area each summer. The Lincoln Festival Chorus is a nonauditioned group composed of community singers and includes summer residents of the Boothbay Harbor region.
Antolini graduated from Bowdoin College and holds graduate degrees from Stanford University. He is a member of the Bowdoin College music department, where he conducts the Bowdoin Chorus and teaches music theory. He is also music director of Down East Singers, based in Rockport, which he has conducted since 1991, and is music director at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston. He is a choral music editor with Paraclete Press and E.C. Schirmer. His latest publication is a new bilingual edition of Rachmaninoff’s 1915 “All-Night Vigil,” also known as the Vespers.