The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has hired a replacement for departed classical music host Suzanne Nance. Robin Rilette will serve as MPBN’s music director and host of MPBN’s “Morning Classical Music” program, beginning in early February.

Rilette is the morning classical host at Northwest Public Radio (NWPR), based in Pullman, Wash. Rilette has been responsible for overall music programming, including her own show, for 19 FM channels in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

Rilette has served as the face of classical music for NWPR through community involvement, developing partnerships with arts organizations in each of the states that NWPR serves, and hosting concerts and music festivals.

MPBN hired her after a four-month national search, said MPBN’s President and CEO Mark Vogelzang.

“While there were a number of very credible finalists for this position, it was clear that Robin’s deep experience, her passion for music, and her on-air persona were the absolute right fit for Maine and MPBN. We couldn’t be more excited and pleased to have her on board,” he said in a statement.

MPBN will introduce Rilette through informal receptions across the state and through social media.

Nance served as music director and classical music host for several years before taking a job in Chicago last year.

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