School of Music

Become a "Friend" of the USM School of Music

The USM School of Music belongs to all of us who love it, and we're grateful to the donors who help us continue its mission every day. Thank you!

With your help, we're able to provide the only School of Music in a public university in New England, offering:

  • A distinguished faculty for our talented students

  • An ambitious schedule of performances

  • Community outreach throughout Maine's elementary and secondary schools

  • Residencies, master classes, summer music camps, USM Youth Ensembles and other activities

Please consider joining hands with our many other Friends. Your tax-deductible contribution will make a difference. Whether you are alumni, a student, parent, or personal or business friend of the USM School of Music, we thank you in advance for your support.

Click here to download a donation form.

Or click here to use the online giving forms:

Donations may be designated to the following areas:

School of Music Gift Fund: Contributions to the Music Gift Fund help purchase and maintain instruments, provide students with scholarships and generally work to support programs such as guest artist residencies, concerts, etc

USM Youth Ensemble Program (Portland Youth Ensembles): The USM School of Music assumed management of the Portland Youth Ensembles in the summer of 1997. These highly respected groups serve hundreds of young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 from a wide geographic area and provide a vital ensemble experience for young people who are passionate about music and committed to performing with others at a high level. The ensembles are supported in part with generous underwriting by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.

School of Music Scholarship Fund: When you choose this fund, you may leave it to the School's discretion how these scholarships are given, or you may write in one of the following designations.

  • Betty W. Atterbury Teaching Award: Established in 1997, this award is granted to a senior student who has shown dedication to the profession and exceptional promise as a music educator. Atterbury, a former full-time faculty member, passed away in the summer of 1998. Our hope is that the award will continue to assist young educators as they prepare to begin their teaching careers.
  • Jerry Bowder Memorial Scholarship Fund: Bowder, former chair of the USM School of Music, was a composer of works ranging from those for solo voice to full concert band. He fostered the composing call in many young students during his lengthy teaching career at USM. This scholarship fund serves to provide financial support to outstanding entering music students.
  • Gerard G. Chamberland Award: An endowed fund has been established in the memory of retired faculty member, Gerard Chamberland, who passed away in May of 2009. "Gerry" dedicated his life to imparting his musical passion and talent to his students and to all who knew him. This scholarship honors his significant role in establishing the USM School of Music, starting in its earliest years, as a vital University and community asset. Most importantly, it supports for prosperity, USM music majors, for whom he was a talented mentor and dear friend.
  • Ellen Chickering Scholarship: A continuing scholarship awarded to an entering vocal student with outstanding potential. This scholarship was established in 2005 in recognition of USM faculty member Ellen Chickering's accomplishments both as a joyful musician and dedicated teacher.


Please click here to help us endow the Peter Martin Scholarship and the Robert Russell Scholarship

About the Russell and Martin Scholarships: In the spring of 2015 hundreds of music students, faculty, community musicians and decades of alumni, presented a concert at Merrill Auditorium paying tribute to retiring USM conductors Peter Martin and Robert Russell. In their honor, we created the Peter Martin and Robert Russell Scholarships, with the intent to endow the funds so that students’ lives will continue to be enriched in perpetuity. Help the legacy of these fine educators live on for future generations of students who will walk through the doors of the School of Music. 


For information about corporate sponsorships and other means of supporting the USM School of Music, contact Eileen Oberholtzer, development officer at (207) 780-5273 or