The nonprofit Midcoast Community Chorus has announced the appointment of Dustin "Dusty" Batley of Rockland to the position of Executive Director. Batley brings a strong business background in the seafood and construction industries, experience with nonprofit organizations and a passion for music.

Most recently, Batley has been the CEO of the Cobscook Bay Company, a value-added seafood processor in Washington County affiliated with the Cobscook Community Learning Center. He previously acted as the operations manager at Ducktrap River of Maine and as the Business Manager/CFO of the Knickerbocker Group in Boothbay. On the nonprofit side, he has served as both a trustee and chairman of the board for the First Universalist Church in Rockland; and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.

Batley’s musical journey began in 1993 while singing with Down East Singers during their first production of “Carmina Burana.” It was through his involvement at the First Universalist Church that he met Mimi Bornstein, MCC’s founder and artistic director, and collaborated on a musical endeavor to celebrate Earth Day and raise money for Tanglewood 4-H Camp by performing Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia.”

“In 2005, Dusty was one of the key coordinators and the chorus manager for the highly successful ‘Missa Gaia’ concert, and again in 2007 for the Neighbor to Neighbor performance. The success of these concerts was what gave way to forming MCC, and having Dusty as our Executive Director feels like we've come full circle in a wonderful way,” Bornstein said. MCC Board President Roy Hitchings echoed those sentiments, saying the combination of Batley’s history in the business and nonprofit worlds and his own experience as a singer is an ideal blend of skills for the position. Batley is enthusiastic about assuming a leadership role as the next phase of involvement with MCC

“This is truly a community of caring singers that sing for the greater community, while helping those in our community. What an honor to help lead such energy,” he said.

Midcoast Community Chorus is a membership-driven nonprofit organization serving the community with a voice for singing and philanthropy. MCC’s offerings include a non-auditioned 140-voice multi-generational chorus, an auditioned chorale, two children’s choruses, a music literacy course and a monthly community sing that is open to all.

Each spring concert benefits an area non-profit, and to date, MCC has donated nearly $50,000 to its beneficiaries. The next benefit concert will be held Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport for the Knox County Homeless Coalition. For more information, visit

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