School of Music


Hanna Flewelling, saxophone, with the USM Composers Ensemble
On Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m., the University of Southern Maine Composers Ensemble will give its fifteenth end-of-semester concert. Directed by USM Associate Professor and Resident Composer Daniel Sonenberg, the ensemble offers student composers a unique laboratory to compose, rehearse, and perform new compositions.
The Student Philharmonic Orchestra of 1943
Gustav Mahler's “Third Symphony” is the Mt. Everest of the orchestral genre, a monumental work for any musical community to present. Thus it is more striking that this work will be performed November 16 by the members of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many guests – all under the direction of conductor Robert Lehmann – to mark the 70th anniversary of this august musical organization – one of the oldest in the country …. Yes, they really are that good!
Pianists Chiharu Naruse, Anastasia Antonacos, and Bridget Convey
Pianists Anastasia Antonacos, Bridget Convey and Chiharu Naruse will perform Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus (1944) at 8 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2012 in Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus. A pre-concert lecture will be given by Dan Sonenberg from 6:30 to 7, with a brief break before the concert begins.
The musical Assassins is arriving with a BANG to USM's Corthell Concert Hall in Gorham the weekend leading up to the Presidential Elections this fall. It is an unusual musical which some say is possibly the most controversial musical ever written. You'll have to decide for yourself Nov. 2-4, 2012.
John McVeigh, tenor
Master classes treat audience members to a unique opportunity to listen and learn about the intricate world of making music. The USM School of Music presents world class tenor John McVeigh in a master class from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012 featuring five USM graduate voice students.
Music Education majors at USM
Where in the world does that sound come from, and how do you make it?
Dan Sonenberg, USM School of Music faculty composer
The Fort Worth Opera announced this week that USM School of Music resident composer, Dan Sonenberg, has been selected for participation in "Frontiers," a new-works program making its debut in May 2013. Sonenberg's opera, The Summer King, is one of eight unpublished works being showcased during the last week of the company's 2013 Opera Festival.
Laura Kargul performs "Great Romantic Sonatas"
Critically acclaimed pianist Laura Kargul, of the University of Southern Maine School of Music, will present a program of two masterpieces from the Romantic piano sonata literature on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall, College Avenue, USM Gorham. Part of the USM School of Music’s Fall 2012 Spotlight Concert series, tickets cost $15 general public; $10 seniors/USM employees; $5 students/children. Reserve tickets at the USM Music Box Office: online at or by phone at (207) 780-5555. The concert is sponsored by Dr. Dahlia and Arthur L. Handman.
USM Summer Camps
It may be summer, but the USM School of Music's hallways are still filled with sound. While most of the college students are away for the summer, a slightly younger crowd is filling the classrooms. It's time for the annual USM Music & Theatre Camps.


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