The Linconaires performing at the Maine American Choral Directors Association Festival at South Portland High School.

On Thursday, November 8, the Lincoln Academy Lincolnaires performed at the Maine ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Festival at South Portland High School. Other schools who participated included Bonny Eagle High School, Yarmouth High School, North Yarmouth Academy, various Portland Schools, Gorham High School, South Portland High School, Thornton Academy, Noble High School, and the Southern Maine Youth Chorale. Each choir performed a 10-15 minute program for the other students in attendance.

The Lincolnaires is Lincoln Academy’s audition choir, consisting of mostly juniors and seniors. This year the group has 27 members, one of the bigger ensembles in recent years, according to LA Choral Director Beth Preston.

The Lincolnaires sang a totally a cappella program beginning with Ding Dong, Merrily On High arranged by Charles Wood, Sing We and Chant It by Thomas Morley, Take Me Home by Pentatonix, and Loch Lomond arranged by Jonathan Quick, featuring tenor soloist Jonah Daiute.

The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. The purpose of the day was not to compete, but to listen and learn. The choral program at Lincoln Academy is well known and respected by other directors in the state. “We were very happy to participate in such a wonderful festival,” said Preston. “We always come away from these festivals with ideas that improve our performance and repertoire that we can use in future concerts.”

The Lincolnaires will perform with the Concert Choir at the LA Sounds of the Season Concert on Sunday, December 9 at 4 pm at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle.