School of Music
The University of Southern Maine School of Music presents the second faculty concert of the season. Featured jazz vocalist, Taylor O’Donnell will be backed by the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble, with Barry Saunders, saxophones; Chris Oberholtzer, trombone; Chris Klaxton, trumpet/piano; Gary Wittner, guitar; Bronek Suchanek, bass; and Less Harris Jr., drums.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music fall 2015 season is brimming with audience favorites such as the Faculty Concert Series, USM Youth Ensembles, undergraduate and graduate student ensembles, as well as acclaimed visiting artists, the 25th Annual Scholarship Gala, and an award winning musical theatre favorite.
"Mackey's music is very popular these days, and this work is no exception. It's a wonderful piece for trombone and winds and percussion," said Diehl.
The USM Chamber Singers have returned from their nine-day tour of Eastern Europe. The group performed at churches and cathedrals in Croatia and Slovenia.
Daniel Sonenberg's Composers Ensemble celebrated their 10 year anniversary with world premieres by USM undergrads and 10 comissioned pieces by School of Music alumni, some of whom also joined in performance at the concert.
The second annual Creative Health conference is open to students, healthcare professionals, therapists, caregivers, and self-advocates. Presenters are certified art, dance, and music therapists who will share their work, research, and philosophies about the creative arts therapies in a variety of populations: trauma, dementia, brain injury, oncology, and depression, and more. The conference is Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., held in Corthell Hall on the USM Gorham campus.
The trip, taking place from May 12-May 21, will include concert performances in Croatia and Slovenia. The USM Chamber Singers made their first European tour in 1999; the group has performed in Austria, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K., the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.
Aaren Rivard, tenor, a senior Voice Performance major at the USM School of Music, has been awarded the Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Vocal Excellence Prize.
"Since early 2011, I have kept three different strands of musical activity going, two of which -- my opera, "The Summer King," and my rock output with the band Lovers of Fiction and as a solo artist -- have had more focused public exposure than the third, my chamber music." - Daniel Sonenberg
The USM Composers Ensemble celebrates 10 years of innovation this month with an anniversary concert, featuring world premieres by USM undergraduates and ten alumni commissions.