School of Music


University Chorale
In a 5 p.m. public concert, Robert Russell conducts the University Chorale in a 40-minute work that gives a human voice to victims of the Holocaust through a cycle of songs and spoken prose written by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. After intermission the Chorale performs Rutter's sublime and lyrical Requiem, a work of deep beauty and rich insight, that sets the traditional liturgical text with English texts interspersed.
Composers Ensemble
The USM Composers Ensemble performs on Friday night at 8 p.m., featuring Indian master percussionist Srinivas Krishnan on several numbers. A frequent collaborator with the great film composer A.R. Rahman, Krishnan will work intensively with the Composers Ensemble and some special guest vocalists to prepare a thrilling set, infusing the Showcase with a an exciting global flavor.
Composers Ensemble
On Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m, the USM Composers Ensemble will make their Portland debut on the Back Cove Festival of Contemporary Music at the Portland Conservatory. The three-day festival includes five concerts featuring new music by many of the areas professional composers, including students and faculty of USM.
35th Annual Honors Recitalists
The 36th Annual Honors Recital is a time-tested treasure, highlighting the exceptional talent achieved by USM music majors. With assigned seating, admission is free, but reservations are recommended.
Youth Ensembles at Merrill Auditorium
The USM Youth Ensembles continue to provide a unique and vital element to the musical lives of young musicians in Maine, continuing a 71 year tradition that is a testament not only to community founders, but to the value the greater Portland area community places on such a unique organization.
USM Chamber Singers
The USM School of Music presents the USM Chamber Singers in a Spring concert under the direction of Dr. Robert Russell. The concert will be held at Williston-Immanuel United Church in Portland on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $6 for general admission, $3 for seniors, students, and USM alumni, faculty and staff.
Larchmere String Quartet
The USM School of Music will present a master class with Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra's Larchmere String Quartet, featuring two student chamber music ensembles.
Da Capo Chamber Players
Due to yesterday's storm closure, this concert is rescheduled for this evening, Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. The acclaimed Da Capo Chamber Players will be joined by two-time Naumburg Award-winning soprano Lucy Shelton, in a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s seminal masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire, in the season of the work’s 100th anniversary. Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus.
Wind Ensemble conducted by Peter Martin
USM Wind Ensemble performs under the direction of Peter Martin, sharing the concert with a Barry Saunders Jazz Combo. The concert will be held in Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for the general public, and $3 for students, seniors, USM employees and alums.
Da Capo Chamber Players
The Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, one of New York City’s most longstanding and preeminent new music ensembles, will be in residence at USM for three days to present a public concert, readings and recordings of student works, a master class, and a public lecture.


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