MDI band director abruptly bows out

BAR HARBOR — Eight months after being hired as band director at Mount Desert Island High School, Paavo Carey has left the building.

Principal Matthew Janger announced Mr. Carey’s resignation last week in a letter to students and staff.

“While this is a sudden development, it does not come as a complete surprise,” Mr. Janger said. “Mr. Carey’s mother has been declining [in health], and he began a job search recently. He has found a position that begins immediately and is moving to New York right away.”

Mr. Janger said that Ned Ferm, a former MDI High student and music teacher, would be filling in as band director for the remainder of the school year.

“Mr. Ferm has been an integral part of our music program for many years,” Mr. Janger said. “He knows our students and our program.”

Mr. Janger said the search for a new band director would begin in the next few weeks.

Mr. Carey is a veteran jazz performer, conductor and public school music teacher. A New York native, he was music director at Skowhegan Area High School for eight years before coming to MDI.

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Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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