The Choral Arts New England Board, 2016–2017

Officers: Majie Zeller, Chair; Catharine Melhorn, Clerk; Elaine Bresnick, Treasurer.


  • Elaine Bresnick (Newtonville, Mass.)
    A retired technology executive, Elaine sings with Cantata Singers and Kol Arev.
  • Jeffrey Buettner (Middlebury, Vt.)
    Jeffrey Buettner is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College, and music director of the Middlebury Bach Festival.
  • Andrea Goodman (Lenox, Mass.)
    Andrea Goodman is the founder and director of the Cantilena Chamber Choir in western Massachusetts.  She also serves as the Music Director for the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Andrea Graichen (Arundel, Maine)
    Andrea Graichen is a frequent soloist in the Greater Portland (ME) area, performing a wide variety of alto and mezzo-soprano repertoire.  She is a longtime member of ChoralART and the St. Mary Schola early music ensemble.
  • Angelynne Hinson (Portsmouth, NH.)
    Angelynne Hinson performs in Cantata Singers and is a founding member of vocollage, creating original concerts that unite words, music and dramatic concepts for live performance and radio. Ms. Hinson has maintained a private studio and has created and implemented voice/choral artist-in-residency programs throughout northern New England. She also works with medical professionals developing rehabilitative vocal techniques to help Parkinson’s and stroke patients.
  • Cathy Lanigan (Peterborough, NH)
    Cathy currently sings with the Monadnock Chorus, Norway Pond Festival Singers, and Raylymor Opera Chorus.  She serves as Board President for the Monadnock Chorus and also serves on the board for Music on Norway Pond.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from SUNY at Fredonia and a Masters in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology. 
  • Susan Martin (Brookline, Mass.)  
    Susan sings with the Metropolitan Chorale in Brookline, MA and is currently serving on their board.
  • Catharine Melhorn (Arlington, Mass.)
    For 36 years Catherine served as Director of Choral Activities at Mount Holyoke College; between 2006-14, she served as Director of the South Hadley Children's Chorus.  She recently relocated from western Mass to Arlington, MA. 
  • Patricia Ann Metzer (Cambridge, Mass.)
    Pat is President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus.  She sings with both the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and Chorus pro Musica, and practices tax law in Newton, Massachusetts.  She is on the School Committee of Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown, New Jersey.
  • Dwight E. Porter (Stoneham, Mass.)
    Dwight E. Porter, a technology business consultant, is president of PrimeKey Management providing technology & web strategy and implementation to small business and non-profits. He is an active tenor with BSO’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Cantata Singers, and other Boston area choruses and churches.
  • Jon Saxton (Wayland, Mass.)
    Jon Saxton is a bass-baritone entering his 12th year singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has appeared in regional productions with the Vokes Theater, Westford Chorus, Concord Players, New World Chorale, and Opera51. Jon is chair of the board of Boston Singers’ Resource and the Wayland Cultural Council, and immediate past chair of Juventas New Music and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Committee. Jon also serves on the Leadership Council of MassCreative.
  • Suzan Smith (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Cynthia Young (Waban, Mass.)
  • Majie Zeller (Medford, Mass.)
    Majie Zeller, Chair, has been singing in choruses since the third grade.  Currently a singing member of the Cantata Singers as well as member of its board, she has received critical praise as a soloist in opera, oratorio, and song.  In her other life, she is Director of User Experience Design at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks, which develops 3D design software for engineers and designers.