Choir and Music at Blue Point Church
RICH PITRE Choir Director and Organist
Rich Pitre began his career as a church musician at age 13, and has held a variety of positions in houses of worship both large and small since then. Most recently, and in Maine, he was the founding director of the New Camerata singers, an auditioned chamber choir specializing in Renaissance and 20th Century polyphony and has served as the executive director of the Portland Conservatory where he taught piano improvisation and choral skills classes. Rich is currently director of choruses at Southern Maine Community College where he chairs the Liberal Studies Program, and teaches courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, and oral communica-tion. He also teaches oral communication and music skills for the University of Maine at Augusta's program at the Maine Department of Corrections facility in Windham, and is chair of the board of Gateway Community Services, a case management agency founded by S.M.C.C. alumnus Abdullahi Alibare. Rich is particularly close to the French and Arabic-speaking members of Maine's immigrant community, a relationship which stems from his past employment as a relief worker in the Middle East. Academically, Rich holds undergraduate degrees in classics/ French, and in organ performance, as well as a Th. M. in music and worship. He also has advanced degrees in philosophy, humanities, and divinity, and was a founding member of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program at St. Joseph's college where he developed and taught courses in Foundational Theology, Liturgics, and Music for Ministry. Rich has taught school music grades K - 12 both here and abroad, and finds his greatest joy in making beautiful music for the glory of God and the uplifting of His people, and particularly, in helping others to do the same. In fact, little makes him happier than seeing the men, women, and children with whom he is working do more than they ever thought they could do musically, do it better, and do it with joy. Rich is happy to be able to return to music ministry in the United Church of Christ which he considers his spiritual home, and looks forward to becoming an active member of the Blue Point family where he hopes some day to welcome his children ages 29, 24, 20, 18, and 15.
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