Lincoln Academy is committed to the Arts.  Whether you love to sing, perform on stage, or create an artistic masterpiece, you will find a rich variety of opportunities in the Arts.  With over ten clubs and ensembles and thirty courses in music, drama, and art, there is something for everyone.  Lincoln Academy students place at regional and state competitions every year.

Visual & Performing Arts

  • Art Club (after school open studio for both 2D and 3D art)
  • Theater (major fall production, winter State One Act Festival, spring showcase)

Music Groups

Choral Groups

  • Lincolnaires Chamber Choir
  • Concert Choir

Instrumental Groups

  • Wind EnsembleDSC_0134
  • Jazz Bands (after school class)
    • Jazz Big Band
    • 4 o’clock Combo
    • 5 o’clock Combo
  • Concert Band
  • Strings Orchestra
  • Improv Percussion Ensemble
  • Improv Guitar Ensemble

Contact Information

Elizabeth Matta : Visual and Performing Arts Department Head, Dorm Parent—Director of Bands and Jazz Bands
Elizabeth Matta

Liz Matta is a native of Foxboro, Massachusetts. She credits her many great musical experiences in Foxboro, including a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and being challenged to think like a band director from an early age by Steve Massey and Ted Hagarty, as the reasons she has such a passion to work with kids, teach music and continue to perform. Ms. Matta moved to Midcoast Maine in August 2000 where she taught at the Great Salt Bay Community School for six years. In June 2006, Liz made the difficult decision to leave GSB and become the Band Director at Lincoln Academy, the area high school. Under Liz’s direction, the Lincoln Academy Band Program doubled in student participation and in the number of instrumental performing ensembles offered in just her first four years. Liz is currently the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair. In addition to her school responsibilities, Ms. Matta is the Program Director of “Maine Music Outreach”; a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower Maine high school musicians to make a difference in the lives of others. With MMO, Liz has trained and lead groups of high school student volunteers to work and play at the Holy Trinity Music School’s Summer Music Camp in Cange, Haiti, since July, 2012. Ms. Matta has worked with bands and jazz bands throughout Maine as a clinician, is a saxophone/double reeds auditions adjudicator for the MMEA All-State Music Festival and has conducted Honor Bands in Maine and Connecticut. In addition to teaching, Ms. Matta can be heard playing with the Matta-Wing Duo and as a freelance saxophonist.

Academic Affiliations:

B.M. Music Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.M. Saxophone Performance, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M.A. Band Conducting, American Band College/Sam Houston State University

(207) 563-3596 ext. 181
Griff Braley : Theater and Film Faculty—Theater Director
Griff Braley

Descended from Northern Maine potato farmers, and after a mostly idyllic young life, Mr. Braley moved to mid coast Maine in the seventies, discovered music, theater and writing, and took up the theater arts. After 32 years in education, and 14 years as Artistic Director at Heartwood Regional Theater Co., he has directed more than 170 plays, including many originals. At Lincoln, Mr. Braley directs two annual high school plays and teaches digital media, film, play production and acting. His blessings in life include the amazing Mrs. Braley, five incredible children, and six grandchildren. Other interests include matters of Faith, poetry and music, as well as human behavior.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Theater - Bates College
Certified Drama K – 12
Certified English 9 - 12

(207) 563-3596 ext. 182
Kate Mess :
Kate Mess

Kate Mess joined LA's Visual Art Department in 2019 and previously worked as a design consultant on many LA publications. A studio artist, graphic designer and jewelry maker, Kate has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught at SUNY New Paltz and SMCC, run workshops at the Maine Craft Association and Haystack Mountain.  In addition to teaching Art Fundamentals, Kate  continues her design work on LA publications.
Jonathan Mess : Visual Arts Faculty
Jonathan Mess

Jonathan Mess teaches three-dimensional art and ceramics at Lincoln Academy. As an artist, he creates experimental works using reclaimed ceramic materials. Art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Mess’ slabs usually act like the unruly child versions of paintings. Their lines are wild, and their surfaces are varied and thickly textured with glazes, slips, fissures and irascibly independent materials that refused to be melted into line… In terms of ceramics, Mess’ casual boldness is remarkable.” An Ohio native, he has been teaching visual arts with a focus on ceramics for over a decade. Mess has received several grants and awards, including the Maine Arts Commission's 2015 Contemporary Craft Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, a Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, and selection as a finalist for the Society of Contemporary Craft’s Raphael Founder’s Prize in 2013. His work is in private collections and is exhibited nationally and internationally.

Academic Affiliations:

B.F.A., University of Montana, Missoula
M.F.A. Ceramics, State University of New York, New Paltz

(207) 563-3596 ext. 115
Nina Sylvia : Visual Arts Faculty—Gay/Straight Alliance Advisor—National Art Honor Society Sponsor
Nina Sylvia

As a graduate of Lincoln Academy ('84), Nina Sylvia brings tradition and a deep connection to the Hall House visual arts room. Having taught for many years in two larger Maine high schools, it is her great pleasure to work with the creative students from the historical artists colonies of mid-coast Maine as well as the inspiring students from around the world. She is a practicing artist, working out of her home studio on the pond, finding subject matter by abstracting her extensive gardens, and always eager to learn new and cutting edge techniques. She built her own home and has been restoring a 60 year old wooden sailboat. During the "quieter" months, she travels and competes with an adult synchronized skating team.

Academic Affiliations:

BFA Printmaking, Maine College of Art
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Maine
Member of the MAEA, NAEA, and River Arts.

(207) 563-3596 ext. 212