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


Lori is responsible for the logistics of over 150 music and theatre events each year in the School of Music and Department of Theatre. She manages a work study staff of 40-50 students, and several volunteers. She is also 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). 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, adding the Department of Theatre in 2014.

In the community, Lori directs music for the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Anthony's in Westbrook, the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Gorham, and the 5 p.m., Mass at St. Josephs Church in Portland. She freelances in music, communications and website management for several musicians and organizations, including orchestral conductor Lawrence Golan, jazzman Scott Reeves, the MaineFIRST coalition of robotics teams, and several others.

In the community, Lori is clerk on the board of directors of the Regional Transportation Program (RTP); member of the founding committee for the Pine Tree District "FIRST Robotics" Competition; has been a judge for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 district events, mentor for the FIRST Robotics Team 172 Digital Media Group; a volunteer entertainer at the Barron Center. 

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, newsletter editor, and professional staff representative to the Faculty Senate. She has served the Faculty Senate from 2012-2014 and again from the Fall of 2015 to the present as the official staff recorder of minutes.

In her free time, Lori enjoys playing music, drawing, painting, biking, refinishing wooden furniture, artistic dance roller skating, studying the oboe, and is currently in her first year of pursuing a Master's in Leadership Studies at USM.

"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