School of Music

Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season: USM Chamber Singers Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

November 29, 2016
7:30 PM
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland
$12 suggested donation
USM Chamber Singers

Celebrate the USM Chamber Singer’s annual concert, “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season." 

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. onTuesday, November 29 at Williston-Immanuel United Church at 156 High Street in Portland. The suggested donation at the door is $12; tickets can also be purchased in advance at

The concert is sponsored by Norway Savings Bank.

The program will feature John Rutter’s Gloria and a diverse selection of works by 21st century composers. 

Sydney Guillaume(b.1982) is a Haitian-American composer. His work Kalinda is set in Haitian Creole. Kalinda in the composer’s own words represent this concept: “Humans can make wonders; but in reality, everything comes from the Creator.” Compositionally, the text is one that is celebratory. The invitation is made to dance to the sound of the drum and the drum is essential for dancing and ultimately for celebration. This a capella piece captures percussive as well as melodic elements of Kalinda.   

Al Hanisim is a special insertion into the Prayer of Thanksgiving, found in the daily and Sabbath services. It is added on the holidays of Chanukah and Purim to express the national gratitude of the Jewish People to G-d for performing miracles at key points in their history and allowed them to survive. (by Judith Clurman need to seek permission)

Domine, Ad Adjuvandume Festina translated Lord, My God Assist Me Now was composed by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini of the Franciscan order. This composition was originally composed for chorus, string orchestra, and organ. The finale of this extended work concludes with an exhilarating fugue using the text “et in saecula saeculorum” which roughly translates forever to mean for all ages and ecompasses the idea of “eternity”.

About the Conductor

Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman is an Assistant Professor of Music, Choral Conducting and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM), School of Music. In 2016 Dr. Dosman was the guest conductor of the Maine All-State Treble Chorus. He is in frequent demand as a clinician in the state of Maine and New England. He will also be a presenter at the National ACDA conference in 2017. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Dosman is the Maine ACDA president-elect and youth and student activities chair. In 2013 he was one of three American choral conductors that was invited to and attended the Musica e Arte Sacra conductor’s invitational in Rome, Italy. He has presented workshops at regional and national NAFME and ACDA conferences. His research interests include choral music, male-participation in choral ensembles, music teacher preparation, urban school districts and music education, and social justice in urban schools.

Dosman studied choral conducting with Dr. Dino Anagnost at ColumbiaUniversity and Drs. André Thomas and Kevin Fenton at Florida State University (FSU). He received his Bachelor of Music in music education with a vocal emphasis Oberlin Conservatory of Music. 

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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

USM Music Box Office
(207) 780-5555