Music Professionals

Director:

Catherine “Kitty” Beller-McKenna became the second music director of Women in Harmony in the fall of 1999, bringing to the group extensive experience in conducting both women’s and mixed choruses in community and collegiate settings. A believer in the potential of both music and language to effect social change, Kitty is strongly committed to Women in Harmony’s tradition of singing out for equality and social justice. She is known for her innovative programming, her wide-ranging musical interests embracing a variety of styles and cultures, and her ability to work with adult volunteer singers from a wide variety of musical backgrounds.

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Associate Conductor:

Ann Dillon became Associate Conductor of Women in Harmony in 2018 and is also the Director of the Outreach Ensemble.  Ann brings 40 years of experience conducting various choruses including in public schools, Churches and the Community. She holds Degrees in Music Education from Western Connecticut University and University of Connecticut.  In 1998 Ann founded the Wescustago Youth Chorale, a community chorus for students in grades 3 – 12 which grew to 95 singers during her tenure.  Ann is fed by the magic that happens between singers and conductor and among singers – there is nothing more powerful than bringing people together to sing!  One of her passions is empowering people of all ages to find their voices; she sees choral music as a most effective and powerful way to build a solid community.  Ann founded a choir at Bangor Theological Seminary many years ago where one of her singers said, “Ann can teach anyone to sing; she can coach a scale out of a car horn!”


 Accompanist:

Deana Ingraham Gurney has accompanied for a variety of organizations across the US. As a resident of Portland, she has played with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera Repertory Theater, Portland Players, the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Oratorio Chorale in Brunswick. A consummate musician and technically skilled player, Deana is equally comfortable in a wide variety of styles.