Board of Directors


Scott Miller, President

Scott has more than 25 years of experience with performing arts organizations starting in 1994 with Freeport Players. Having both acted and sung for many shows he now has focused on operating the companies serving as President of Freeport Players, past President of the Greater Freeport Community Chorus, a Board member of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport and past President of A Company of Girls in Portland Maine. A resident of Freeport, Maine Scott has worked at Acadia Insurance Company of Westbrook, Maine for 25 years and holds several insurance designations.

“It was my pleasure and honor to be asked to lead such an exceptional group of musicians as those in Una Voce Chamber Choir,” comments Miller.  “I look forward to helping bring the excitement of live choral music to the people of Maine.”


Burke Long, Secretary

Burke is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion Emeritus at Bowdoin College, where he taught for thirty-two years. He is an historian of religion, with special emphasis on histories of the Bible, Judaism and Christianity, and most recently, the Bible in cultural representations. He was a founding Director and later President of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine for more than a decade, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Oratorio Chorale. Burke performed with undergraduate and graduate choirs and played classical trumpet well into his career at Bowdoin. In 1982, he sang on European tour with Rinat, the Israeli National Choir. Following retirement in 2002, he pursued fine art photography at the Maine College of Art, studied Lieder with Christina Astrachan, and performed with the Yale Repertory Chamber Choir, the Battell Chapel Choir of Yale, the Bowdoin Chorus, and the Oratorio Chorale. He was a member of Vox Nova Chamber Choir from its inception in 2009. Burke currently resides in Brunswick.


Sheldon Bird, Treasurer

Sheldon returned to singing classical choral music in 1987 with Oratorio Chorale of greater Brunswick, Maine. He has sung in Maine’s best choirs steadily ever since. In 1991, he joined Portland Choral Art Society under the baton of Robert Shaw, and sang with CAS’s Singers and Masterworks ensembles under Dr. Robert Russell from 1991 until 2012. He was a charter member in 1998 of the CAS Camerata chamber choir of between twelve and 26 voices. In around 2012, he joined the Vox Nova Chamber Choir under Dr. Shannon Chase. A low bass, he has sung solos, duets and quartets in various performances. He has had lead roles in musicals with Portland Players, Freeport Players, Lincoln County Community Theater and Opera, and Studio Theater of Bath. You can also catch him singing the bass arias in early December at Blue Nightclub’s Barroom Messiah. He is also a bass guitarist, appearing in numerous Maine bands. Most of his career was in IT management for the State of Maine and has served on nonprofit boards including Oratorio Chorale (Treasurer), Choral Art Society, and Down East Montessori School. Sheldon currently lives in Bath. 


Lynn Hannings

Lynn is a Double Bassist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the PSO board of directors on the Strategic Planning Committee, focusing on education and community outreach. She presently serves on the CELL Committee (Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Committee) and as the Curriculum Coordinator for the PSO Explorers Program which assists public school teachers reach literacy goals through music. Lynn is also a bowmaker and restorer working out of her home in Freeport, Maine. Her training included a Fulbright Scholarship to study the history of the French School of Bowmaking in Paris, France. She served as President of the board of the IPCI-USA, a non-profit working to conserve and reforest the wood used in the production of stringed instrument bows. Lynn currently lives in Freeport.  


Susan Purcell

Susan owns a deep background in cooking, marketing, trend-tracking, communication, invention, community-building, and the arts. When she and her husband moved to Maine in 1986, Susan realized that this was the home she’d always sought. She subsequently founded and ran four companies, including MaineFlavor, the new organic food company now producing gourmet ice cream sandwiches that just happen to be vegan. Susan is actively involved in community and church work, and has served on numerous boards, including co-founding the first Waldorf high school in Maine. After years singing with the Back Bay Chorale (including performances at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Paul Winter Consort), Oratorio Chorale, the Choral Art Singers, Choral Art Masterworks, PORTOpera, Aaron Robinson and his Black Nativity revival, and selected musical theater productions, Susan was thrilled to join Vox Nova Chamber Choir. Susan currently resides in Brunswick.  


Caroline Koelker

Caroline is currently the Executive Director of Opera Maine. Previously, she served as event coordinator and development manager for Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where she earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance. A native of Maine, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Maine in Orono. Caroline is a resident of Westbrook and was a member of Una Voce’s previous iteration, Vox Nova Chamber Choir.  


James Caton

Jim draws from a wealth of experience in marketing, public relations and event promotion in both the arts and intercollegiate athletics. Currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Bowdoin College, he oversees all aspects of external communications for the Polar Bears’ 31 varsity sports teams, including the management of the Bowdoin Athletics website and social media channels. Before coming to Bowdoin in 2001, he served as Assistant Sports Information Director at Middlebury (Vt.) College. Prior to that he served as the assistant to the Executive Director at the Earlville (N.Y.) Opera House, a non-profit performance venue in Upstate New York for several years. Although he works in collegiate athletics, Jim’s love for the arts is in his DNA, as his wife, mother and grandmother are public school music educators. Jim currently resides in Topsham.