School of Music

22nd Anniversary USM Music Scholarship Gala

2011 Gala ImageIt’s time to celebrate the season, and raise some scholarship funds while you’re at it. A traditional prelude to the holiday season, the University of Southern Maine School of Music is preparing for its annual scholarship gala which raises funds to support music student scholarships. This year marks the 22nd anniversary celebration. “Come A-Caroling,” is planned for Friday, Dec. 7, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Abromson Education Center, USM Portland.  In the spirit of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, we’ll visit the Past, Present and Future of the USM School of Music with music and merriment a-plenty! A landmark event, the evening highlights the impressive talent of USM School of Music students, entertains hundreds of guests, and raises more than $50,000 for USM music scholarships.

2011 Gala MenuGala attendees will enjoy music throughout the evening’s festivities, which include hors d’oeuvres during cocktails with a backdrop of holiday music performed by student ensembles from the USM School of Music; reserved seating at a festive dinner banquet with complimentary dinner wine and tableside serenading; a welcoming champagne toast in Hannaford Hall by University President Theodora Kalikow, followed by a spectacular live auction, raffle and silent auction; and the grand centerpiece concert performed by talented USM School of Music students. The evening concludes with dessert and coffee in the grand lobby accompanied by more seasonal music. 

The gala is sponsored by Portland Volvo and Portland Saab.

Gala 2011This festivity is a highly entertaining, musically exciting, delicious and unique evening; a sparkling and popular prelude to the holiday season, a tradition for hundreds. Cash bar - black tie optional. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $90 per person ($40 tax deductible per person) or $900 for reserved Table for Ten ($400 deductible per table). Purchase tickets by calling 780-5003, or emailing More information about the gala can be found at

The USM School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, offering the Bachelor of Music degree in performance and music education, and the Bachelor of Arts degree for the study of music in a liberal arts curriculum. It also administers the USM Youth Ensembles, to give talented young musicians through high school the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about music literature, and to develop their skills through ensemble performance experience. Find us online at, and at Facebook,

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Members of the press, and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646