It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mollyockett Chorus, from Norway, Maine, as our newest chapter. The name Mollyockett honors a well-known Pequawket Native American woman who was born in the 1700s and spent much of her life in western Maine. She was a healer, an artisan, hunter, storyteller, and friend of the settlers in the region. With the addition of Mollyockett Chorus, particularly after the year we’ve had, we can certainly say, “Harmony, Stronger!”
Bev Jackson, Harmony, Inc.’s New Chapter Development Coordinator, has been a member of Harmony, Inc. since 1973 and has never been this excited about announcing a new chapter. “It has been a challenging year for all musical groups to keep members engaged while unable to meet and sing together. I am absolutely amazed that Jolan Ippolito, president of the Mollyockett Chorus, was able to engage all of the members of the chorus, orient them to Harmony, Inc, complete the paperwork, collect the dues and finally become a chartered chorus, members of Area 2, Harmony, Inc. The usual charter presentation and celebration will have to wait until we can all get together to welcome them to the Harmony, Inc. family,” she says.
Members of Sweet Adelines International for 24 years, the chorus decided to inquire about joining Harmony, Inc. after hearing wonderful things about our organization from coach Jessie Caynon. Their Director, since 2017, is Simon Smith. Simon brings not only his strong music background but also fun and energy to weekly chorus rehearsals. A music education major from the University of Southern Maine, Simon studied euphonium as well as choral conducting. He is currently what might be called an itinerant music educator, working many different jobs over the course of his week. In addition to working in schools, Simon has a private-lesson studio in and around Bethel and Portland, Maine for brass instrument instruction.
Mollyockett President Jolan Ippolito says, “When the Mollyockett Chorus made some initial, gentle inquiries into becoming a chapter of Harmony, Inc., concurrent with the COVID-19 shutdown, the immediate warm and sincere welcoming conversations and flood of information not only made us feel important, but wanted. Although we are a small chorus, we were overwhelmed with the eagerness shown by all of our touch points along a COVID path to our membership. Membership now in Harmony, Inc., for our chorus and members is something positive to celebrate as we end 2020 and look forward to singing together in person in 2021. What better way to end the year on a high note!”
Submitted by Kim Meechan
Director of Memberhip
New Chapter Development Coordinator