Dr. Alfred & D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Lori Arsenault

Summer Camp Coordinator, part-time temporary (retired from full-time, 1999 alum)
Lori Arsenault

Office Location

207 Corthell Hall, Gorham campus



Academic Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (classical guitar), University of Southern Maine
  • Currently enrolled, Masters in Leadership Studies, University of Southern Maine


Lori is the coordinator of the five USM Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps: USM Theatre Academy, Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp, Southern Maine Music Academy, Southern Maine Choral Music Academy, and Southern Maine Junior Music Academy.

 A 1999 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Lori holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Classical Guitar). Beginning as a work study student under the direction of Mary Snell in arts promotions, she has been the primary manager of the School of Music Web site from 1995 to 2020. While continuing to volunteer for the School of Music after graduation, she became administrative manager in USM's Office of the Dean in the School of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology. Following the University's reorganization, in 2009 she became the special assistant to the dean for communications and external affairs in the new College of Science, Technology, and Health, the director of operations and concert manager for the School of Music in 2011, performing arts operations and concert manager for the School of Music and Department of Theatre in 2014, and operations and concert manager for the School of Music in 2017. She retired from the School of Music in 2020, and continues to coordinate the summer camps as a part-time temporary employee.

Since 1998, Lori has been an active music director for the Catholic Church in Greater Portland, ministering to the English and Spanish communities at Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish for 12 years. She is currently a music director at St. Anthony's in Westbrook (9:30 a.m. Sundays), St. Anne's in Gorham (11 a.m. Sundays), and St. Joseph's in Portland (4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday and 5 p.m. Sunday). She freelances in music, communications and website management for several musicians and organizations, and is currently the mentor of the Website Subteam and former coach of FIRST(R) Robotics Team 172, the Northern Force. 

In the community, Lori has been active on boards and committees for several organizations including Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), Regional Transportation Program (RTP) and is currently double bassist/vocalist with the Saco River Jazz Ensemble, a non-profit big band dedicated to providing big band must to nursing homes and veteran's homes. She has also been a regular volunteer sing-a-long leader at the City of Portland's nursing facility Barron Center for over 20 years.

Within the University community, Lori served two consecutive terms as treasurer of the Universities of Maine Professional Staff Association (UMPSA); and three consecutive terms on the Professional Staff Senate, which included being chair of the communications committee, newletter editor, and professional staff representative to the Faculty Senate. She returned to the service of the Faculty Senate in the fall of 2012 as their official staff recorder of minutes.

In her free time, Lori enjoys playing music, drawing, painting, biking, refinishing wooden furniture, artistic dance roller skating, and studying the oboe and English horn. She is currently pursing a masters degree at USM in leadership studies, expecting to graduate in 2021.

"It's all about the music. Whether you dance, or skate, or draw or paint, or sing or play an instrument, create something beautiful or useful, read a book outloud, smile, say a kind word, heal someone who's sick, or fix something that's broken, or just do your work day after day--no matter what it is that you create--you don't really set out just to listen to the music, or play the music. For your hobbies and activities to really fulfill you and those around you, your goal must be to actually become the music."  -Lori

Awards and Recognition

1995 winner, Downeast Classical Guitar Society Competition, collegiate division