School of Music

Lori Arsenault

Performing Arts Operations and Concert Manager, Summer Camp Coordinator
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 responsible for the logistics of over 100 music events each year in the School of Music assists with online, print and equipment support in the Department of Theatre. She manages a work study staff of 30+ students, and several volunteers. She is also coordinator of the four USM Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps: USM Theatre Academy, Southern Maine Music Academy, Southern Maine Junior Music Academy, and Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Lori holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Classical Guitar). As a work study student under the direction of Mary Snell in arts promotions, she has managed the School of Music Web site since 1995. 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, she became the Special Assistant to the Dean for Communications and External Affairs in the new College of Science, Technology, and Health, until she accepted her current position in the School of Music in the fall of 2011, and adds the Department of Theatre in 2014.

Since 1998, Lori is an active music director for the Catholic Church at St. Anthony's in Westbrook, St. Anne's in Gorham, and St. Joseph's in Portland. She freelances in music, communications and website management for several musicians and organizations.

In the community, has been active on boards and committees for several organizations, and leads sing-a-longs at nursing homes as a solo, and also as bassist/vocalist with the Saco River Jazz Ensemble.

Within the University community, she 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.

"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