School of Music

40th Annual Honors Recital

April 22, 2017
8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Free; reservations recommended
2016 Honors Recital Recipients

The annual Honors Recital showcases the School of Music’s most accomplished undergraduate soloists, who are selected by audition before an outside jury of professional musicians. Students must be nominated by their applied teachers in order to audition and all instruments and voice types are eligible to compete.  The audience will be treated to a varied mix of instruments, voices, and styles of music, ranging from classical to music theater to jazz.  

The names of the winners will be engraved on the permanent plaque hanging in Corthell Hall that lists all Honors Recitalists since the inception of the event in 1978.


The students selected to perform in the 2017 Honors Recital are:

Kiersten Curtis, soprano, student of Ellen Chickering, performing I Am in Need of Music by Ben Moore.

Rachel Grindle, soprano, student of Judith James and Edward Reichert, performing Chain of Love from The Grass Harp by Elmslie and Richardson, and Come Back from Dogfight, by Pasek and Paul.

Ryan Lepage, trumpet, student of Chris Klaxton, performing Joy Spring by Clifford Brown,

Pianist April Dawn Masse, student of Laura Kargul, performing Prelude in G Minor by Sergei Rachmaninov.

Hunter McKay, saxophone, student of Barry Saunders, performing his original work, Sky Wave.

Christie Paul, soprano, student of Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, performing Laurie’s Song from The Tender Land by Aaron Copland.

Pianist Amanda Raymond, student of Laura Kargul, performing Romanian Folk Dance No. 1 Op. 8a by Béla Bartók.

Max Richardson, trumpet, student of Elizabeth Rines, performing Fantasie Brillante by Jean-Baptiste Arban.

Rachel Shukan, soprano, student of Ellen Chickering, performing Se il padre perdei by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Will There Really Be a Morning by Richard Hundley.

Will Silvers, saxophone, student of Barry Saunders, performing two movements from Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Bernhard Heiden.

Benjamin Walker-Dubay, student of Mariana Mihai-Zoeter and Edward Reichert, will perform First You Dream from the musical “Steel Pier” with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and from “A New Brain,” music and lyrics by William Finn.


The 40th annual Honors Recital will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus. The recital is free and open to the public. For reservations or more information, please call the Music Box Office at 207-780-5555.

This concert is sponsored by Murray, Plumb and Murray.

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.

Contact Information

Lori Arsenault
(207) 780-5555