The founder of the University of Maine at Farmington Community Chorus, who died in March at age 92, will be honored at a concert Sunday.
Joel Hayden became a professor of music at UMF in 1981, where he taught both music and Russian until his retirement in 1993.
Sunday’s performance is in his memory and will be held 3 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall. Admission for the concert is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and is free for UMF students with ID. The concert will be conducted by Bruce McInnes, and Patricia Hayden, Joel Hayden’s widow and longtime musical partner will be the accompanist.
The program includes selections from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Hayden’s favorite choral work, edited by Bruce McInnes; two movements from Brahms’ “A German Requeim” and the final chorus from Beethoven’s “Mount of Olives.”
Hayden is also noted for founding and conducting community choruses Springvale and Portland, as wel as Middlebury, Vt., and Peterborough, N.H. He conducted the UMF Community Chorus from 1985 until 1993.
Hayden was born in Cleveland in 1922. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College and earned his doctorate in Russian history from Harvard University in 1958.
His teaching career started at the St. Louis Country Day School and includes Antioch College, where he taught Russian and history, and Nasson College in Sanford, where he was director of counseling and career planning. He also was a faculty member at The Meeting School, a secondary level Quaker boarding school in Rindge, N.H., which he co-founded.