Center for Collaboration and Development

Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

April 24, 2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus

Join us in Celebration!

USM’s Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA)

In recognition of the creative energy that fuels our scholarship, we will come together as a community for the annual Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. 

This year's RSCA Celebration includes 2013-2014 Provost Research Fellowship presentation by Daniel Sonenberg, and announcements for this coming 2014-2015 Provost Research Fellow  award.


RSCA Celebration

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 
4pm to 6pm
Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus

Food and Refreshments included


Please RSVP – we need an accurate headcount for beverage tickets and food.



  • Networking
  • 2013-2014 Provost Research Fellow Presentation
  • Awards & Recognition


2013-2014 Provost Research Fellowship Presentation

So You Want To Write an Opera:Reflections on the decade-long making of the Summer King
Presenting exactly two weeks before the premiere of his opera at Merrill Auditorium, Daniel Sonenberg, the 2013-2014 Provost Research Fellow, will discuss the process of creating the opera from the original idea through completion and performance. He will play some audio clips as well. View Spring 2013 Research Fellow announcement.

The Summer King, Portland Ovations’ and the USM School of Music’s final event of the 2013-2014 season, takes place on Thursday, May 8th at 7:30pm. Learn more.


Daniel Sonenberg

2013-2014 Provost Research Fellow

Daniel Sonenberg is a composer and performer based in Portland, Maine, and Associate Professor and Resident Composer at USM.  He was recently awarded a National Endowment of the Arts grant to support the premiere of his opera, The Summer King, based on the life of the Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson, by Portland Ovations at Merrill Auditorium in May, 2014. Excerpts of the opera have previously been featured by American Opera Projects, Fort Worth Opera, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Southern Maine, and have garnered press attention from Forth Worth to Kansas City to New York, including an article in the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this year the work was featured in a daylong series of events at Opera America’s New Works Forum in New York City. Recent performances of Mr. Sonenberg’s music include a world premiere by the Da Capo Chamber Players, the premiere of Grab That! for oboe, violin, cello and piano at Bates College, performances of his Seven Jarring Dances for Clarinet(s) and Steel-String Guitar in Maine, New York City, and at the National Music Festival in Maryland, and new works for percussion and piano, amplified quartet of bass clarinet, cello, contrabass, and percussion, and a song cycle for soprano and piano, commissioned by the New York-based Two Sides Sounding. Mr. Sonenberg is a co-founding member of the composers collective South Oxford Six, who have presented concerts and given master classes in New York, Serbia, and Maine and will celebrate their tenth anniversary with a concert in New York City in Fall 2014. For the 2013-14 academic year, Mr. Sonenberg was the first professor in USM’s history to be appointed both Provost’s Research Fellow and Trustee Professor.


Questions or Comments about this event?

Feel free to reach out to Judy Spross.