School of Music

2017-2018 Season

The USM School of Music presents another exciting line-up of performances for this Fall, including the popular Faculty Concert Series, the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series, and our amazing collection of student ensembles. We're outdoors, we're indoors, we're in Corthell Hall as well as out and about performing in several of the fantastic venues around Greater Portland. 

Unless otherwise noted:

  • Performances take place at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham Campus
  • Ticket prices for Faculty and Guest Artist concerts, and the Fall Musical are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students. 
  • Ticket prices for student ensembles are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
  • Tickets can be purchased online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, by calling (207) 780-5555, or in person during business hours, and whenever available, at the door.

 

 

FACULTY CONCERT SERIES

The USM School of Music FACULTY CONCERT SERIES has a long history of outstanding performances each season demonstrating the expertise of our faculty and their professional associates.

 

 Chiharu Naruse, piano and Kimberly Lehmann, viola

Kimberly Lehmann, viola and Chiharu Naruse, piano
September 29, 2017
8:00 PM

The opening faculty concert of the season with Kimberly Lehmann and Chiharu Naruse features the viola, the lush alto voice of the violin family, in works to include Schubert, Bach, Bax and Prokofiev.

Sponsored by USM School of Music Advisory Board

Tickets are are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students.


 

 

Laura Kargul 

Laura Kargul in Recital - A Night at the Opera
October 13, 2017
8:00 PM

Opera has long inspired great composers who write for piano. Piano and opera fans alike will be captivated as Laura Kargul brings the drama and lyricism of opera to her performances of Mozart’s Sonata in C Minor K. 457 and Chopin’s beloved “arias for piano,” the Nocturnes. She will conclude with two of Liszt’s most stunning bravura opera transcriptions, Wagner’s “Liebestod" and the Reminiscences de Norma (Bellini).

Tickets are are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students.


 

 

 Barry Saunders

Barry Saunders “Classically Sax”
November 3, 2017
8:00 PM

Barry Saunders has assembled fellow musicians to highlight the saxophone, include several major works for saxophone with piano accompaniment, and several pieces for saxophone in a chamber music setting. Joining Barry for this installment of the USM Faculty Concert Series will be Dean Stein, violin; Patrick Owen, cello; and Chiharu Naruse, piano.

Tickets are are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students.


 

 

 Portland Jazz Orchestra

Portland Jazz Orchestra directed by Christopher Oberholtzer
November 17, 2017
8:00 PM

Music professor Chris Oberholtzer leads Maine’s premier big band, the Portland Jazz Orchestra in a concert that features original compositions and arrangements by members of the band. The Portland Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit jazz organization dedicated to curating jazz in Portland, Maine and fostering the growth of musical experiences in the New England area. A large part of PJO’s mission is to inspire, educate and in turn, develop future jazz audiences for generations to come. This show promises to be a swingin’ evening!

Tickets are are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students.

 


 

 

Visiting Artists

 

Adam Swanson

Adam Swanson, Ragtime Piano
September 19, 2017
7:30 PM

The USM School of Music kicks of the 2017-2018 season with an early concert that will get the toes tapping, as we welcome guest artist, pianist Adam Swanson. Adam is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

The concert was arranged by Sue and Hank Schmitt.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students. Music students are free.

 



John Kratus

Dr. John Kratus - Contemporary Musicking Residency and Music Education Symposium
October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017

With sessions on:
Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, October 20, 2017, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

The annual Music Education Symposium is open to music educators and the pubic interested in music education topics. This year, we are pleased to welcome John Kratus. A leading voice in creativity studies and innovation in music education, John Kratus has shared his ideas for contemporary music education practice with audiences around world. His 5-part series will address the value of amateurism, creative listening, creative songwriting and entrepreneurship for contemporary music students of all ages. All sessions are open to the public and music teachers may earn CEUs for participation in the full series.

Some sessions are free; Some sessions require a fee. For more information, visit usm.maine.edu/music/visiting-artist-dr-john-kratus-contemporary-musicking-residency-and-music-education-symposium 

Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation

 

 


 

 

Arlene Shrut

Dr. Arlene Shrut , "Successful Auditioning" and Voice Master Class
October 23, 2017
3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

The USM School of Music is pleased to present Dr. Arlene Shrut, speaking to music students and the public on the topic of "Successful Auditioning" and conducting a voice master class.

A faculty member of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Arlene Shrut was honored as inaugural "Coach of the Year" in 2003 by Classical Singer Magazine. Hailed as a “strong and sensitive pianist” by The New York Times, she has performed across America, Canada and Europe. At USM Dr. Shrut will give a presentation on "Successful Auditioning" as well as a voice master class, followed by a session of questions and answers. Arlene Shrut stands out as a premiere collaborative pianist. With her inspiring engagement and expertise, Arlene is one of the most popular coaches in the country. Her magnetic appeal is piloted by her achievements as an artist, teacher, innovator, and advocate, with a commitment to training artists to personally communicate and visually engage with their audiences while reinvigorating performing arts as a whole.

This master class is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation

 


 

Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson Residency, Piano and Conducting
November 28, 2017 to November 29, 2017

Internationally acclaimed conductor/pianist Mark Gibson will present two days of master classes in conducting, opera and piano.

Maestro Gibson, director of Orchestral Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati, also serves as guest conducting faculty at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, München, and has previously served as visiting director of orchestral studies at the Eastman School of Music and music director of the New York City Opera National Company.

Other engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Central Opera of Beijing, the Seoul Metropolitan Opera, the Opera de Valencia and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Last summer he led the highly acclaimed world premiere of Greg Spears’s opera, Fellow Travelers, with the Cincinnati Opera. His book on conducting and music, The Beat Stops Here, was published earlier this year by Oxford University Press.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 28
    • 10-12: Opera master class.
    • 1-5: Piano master class.
  • Wednesday, November 29
    • 3:45-5: Mark Gibson conducts the Wind Ensemble in an open rehearsal of Carter Pann’s “The Bach Buch”
    • 7-9:30: Conducting master class with Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra in an open rehearsal of Wagner Siegfried Idyll, and Mozart Regina Coeli. Ben Richmond, graduate student choral conductor.

Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation

These master classes are free and open to the public.

 


 


Faculty-Led Student Ensembles and Productions

 

Old Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert

15th Annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert
October 7, 2017
1:00 PM

Join the USM Concert Band and their conductor, Dr. Trae Blanco for the 15th annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert. This concert kicks off the year-long celebration of America's great artist, Leonard Bernstein, in the celebration "Bernstein at 100!"

According to Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton, “Bernstein saw Kennedy as a leader with outstanding intellectual gifts and a sympathy for the arts. Kennedy recognized Bernstein had something of his own inspirational qualities and speed at grasping issues, as well as a passion for promoting the arts.” Bernstein said of Kennedy, “Of all the political men that I have ever met, [he] was certainly the most moving and compassionate and lovable.” The newly elected President selected Bernstein to compose and conduct a fanfare for Kennedy’s Inaugural Gala. Bernstein soon became a regular presence in the Kennedy White House. In turn, the President and his wife attended the opening night of Candide. Bernstein kept a signed photograph of the President on his piano.

The celebration concert, free and open to the University and surrounding communities, begins with barbecue picnic at noon, available at old-fashioned prices! Bring the whole family, the lawn chairs, and an appetite for an old New England treasure.

On the green outside of Corthell Hall, USM Gorham 
(inclement weather site: Brooks Student Center)

Concert is free, tickets not needed; BBQ is cash only

Sponsored by Sodexo


 

Of Thee I Sing

Friday, October 27 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m.

MUSICAL THEATRE

George and Ira Gershwin's/George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's

OF THEE I SING

Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Directed by Edward Reichert

This all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, whose party, lacking a viable platform, runs on love. With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is an hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions that is as relevant as ever, (It even features its own impeachment proceedings!). In 1932, this show was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize!

"Of Thee I Sing" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Co-sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and Richard & Edna Krull

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students. 

 

 

 


 

 

Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra

Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Lehmann and Ben Richmond
November 4, 2017
8:00 PM

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Lehmann will perform their fall concert at the Gorham Middle School Auditorium. The program will include Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, Bolcom's "Commedia for 'almost' 18th century orchestra,” Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and Symphony No. 9 by Shostakovich. Conducting associate Ben Richmond will share the conductor's podium.

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra comprised of USM students and talented members of the community.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

USM Concert Band

Lennie and John at 100: USM Concert Band Conducted by Trae Blanco
November 5, 2017
2:00 PM

Featuring Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, soprano and SSG Chris Leslie, euphonium, West Point Band, we celebrate two great Americans, John F. Kennedy and Leonard Bernstein.

The alignment of the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein and John F. Kennedy make for a monumental celebration over the United States with Bernstein extending across the globe.

According to Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton, “Bernstein saw Kennedy as a leader with outstanding intellectual gifts and a sympathy for the arts. Kennedy recognized Bernstein had something of his own inspirational qualities and speed at grasping issues, as well as a passion for promoting the arts.” Bernstein said of Kennedy, “Of all the political men that I have ever met, [he] was certainly the most moving and compassionate and lovable.” The newly elected President selected Bernstein to compose and conduct a fanfare for Kennedy’s Inaugural Gala. Bernstein soon became a regular presence in the Kennedy White House. In turn, the President and his wife attended the opening night of Candide. Bernstein kept a signed photograph of the President on his piano.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

USM Jazz Combo

USM Jazz Combos Perform at One Longfellow Square
November 7, 2017
7:00 PM
One Longfellow Square, Portland, Maine
Admission is $5 in advance, and on the day of the concert $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.onelongfellowsquare.com.

USM Jazz Combos under the direction of School of Music jazz faculty members, will perform a diverse and memorable show. This performance is a collaborative effort between OLS and USM to showcase the USM School of Music’s jazz program.

 


 

 

USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble

USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles Directed by Taylor O'Donnell
November 14, 2017
7:30 PM

The USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Taylor O'Donnell, includes both music and non-music majors. The ensemble will perform intricate arrangements of jazz standards, as well as pieces written specifically for vocal jazz ensembles. Per the ensemble’s custom, the performance will include improvised vocal solos.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

All Aboard for Opera!

Opera Workshop Performance: The NEW Orient Express-All aboard for OPERA!
November 18, 2017
8:00 PM

It is well known that the Orient Express during its existence changed its itinerary many times. Opera director Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter together with the USM-Opera Workshop singers invite you to discover the newest itinerary of this famous train which now includes tickets to famous opera houses from each of the important cities where the train stops.

The travelers on the Orient Express train will be entertained with opera scenes from the following operas: Rinaldo by G. F. Handel, La cenerentola by G. Rossini, Faust by C. Gounod, Carmen by G. Bizet, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, and La finta giardiniera by W.A. Mozart. All of them in their original languages! English translations will be provided! 

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

USM Chamber Singers

Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season: USM Chamber Singers
November 28, 2017
7:30 PM
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland
Suggested Donation $12

The USM Chamber Singers conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman present this favorite seasonal concert.

Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank

 


 

 

USM Jazz Ensemble

USM Jazz Ensemble Directed by Christopher Oberholtzer
November 30, 2017
7:30 PM

The USM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Oberholtzer is a full sized 17 piece big band. This performance will be diverse in nature and will focus on more contemporary literature from composers such as Fred Sturm as well as more classic big band literature from the musical libraries of bands including Duke Ellington, Olivar Nelson and Buddy Rich.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

USM Composers Ensemble

Composers Showcase
December 2, 2017
8:00 PM

The USM Composers Ensemble, ranging in size from 10-30 musicians, begins each semester with no music, and a different combination of instruments and players than the last semester. Under the encouragement, instruction and inspiration of Daniel Sonenberg, resident composer and director of the ensemble, compositions are read and rehearsed throughout the semester, culminating in a concert of original works by semester's end.

This is that concert. Admission is Free. Seating is open.

 


 

 USM Wind Ensemble

"The Bach Buch" USM Wind Ensemble Conducted by Trae Blanco
December 3, 2017
5:00 PM

The USM Wind Ensemble performs Grammy Award winning and Pulitzer nominated composer Carter Pann's Bach Buck for chamber winds.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

Special Events

 

All State Boot Camp

2017 USM All State Boot Camp for Youth Musicians
October 7, 2017
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Join USM Artist Faculty leading master classes in preparation of the 2018 All State Instrumental Auditions.

Open to: All high school students interested in auditioning for MMEA All State in woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings (no harp or piano)

Cost: $10 in advance
Go to the Registration Web Form to see the schedule
http://www.usm.maine.edu/music/allstatebootcamp

 


 

 

Celestial Sounds

Celestial Sounds: University Chorale, Southern Maine Children’s Choir 
and Southern Maine Youth Chorale
November 19, 2017
5:00 PM
State Street Church, 159 State Street, Portland

The “Celestial Sounds” concert will be an uplifting musical experience that is designed to reach a broad audience. Works to be featured include classical composers such as Haydn and Mozart as well as more contemporary works including a Broadway medley. In addition to diverse programming, this concert will include a diverse range of singers featuring the Southern Maine Children’s Chorus*, Southern Maine Youth Chorale*, and the University Chorale. The “Celestial Sounds” concert is sure to be a heavenly experience!

* USM Youth Ensembles sponsored by Macy's

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

 


 

 

Scholarship Gala

 Home for the Holidays

"Home for the Holidays" 27th Annual Scholarship Gala
December 1, 2017
6:00 PM

As the chill of winter begins to settle over Maine, the USM School of Music invites you into our home to celebrate, to inspire, and to honor and support our students. The 2017 School of Music Scholarship Gala will take place in the historic Corthell Hall on the Gorham campus. This is the building where generations of musicians have learned their craft. It is home of the concert hall that many of our supporters helped to create. It is a place of hard work, dedication and passion that has helped to set us on the path to the future.

Join us this year in our home as honored guests as we eat, drink, celebrate and support the scholarships that bring these wonderful students to USM.

$125 per person / $200 per person to enroll on the Host Committee
For tickets and more information, contact Binney Bracket at (207) 780-5003 or brackett@maine.edu

 


 

 PYSO

USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert
November 16, 2017
7:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, Maine
Suggested donation, $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

The University of Southern Maine (USM) Youth Ensembles, Portland's outstanding regional youth music performance program, will perform their annual Fall instrumental concert at Merrill Auditorium.

Presented by the USM School of Music, the concert will include: the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann, USM director of string studies and orchestral activities; the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Trae Blanco, USM director of bands; the Portland Young People's String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski; and the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva, USM violin artist faculty member.

USM Youth Ensembles sponsored by Macy's

Suggested donation is $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

 

 

Note to the Media: High resolution copies of the season photos can be found on Flickr, at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usm-music/albums/72157686480043705

For assistance with the season images, please contact Lori Arsenault at loria@maine.edu, (207) 780-5142, or by cell at (207) 415-1979.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.