School of Music
Aaron Clarke, 2017 Featured Graduate
Aaron Clarke aided USM Associate Professor and Resident Composer Dan Sonenberg in his opera, "The Summer King," which premiered April 29th in Pittsburgh.
BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, guitarist Jim Bonney to premiere concerto during artist residency at USM - May 3-6
The USM School of Music’s spring semester will come to a close with a special guest artist in residence, Jim Bonney, a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Bonney for the Maine premiere of his concerto,“DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble,” which premiered at Arizona State University in 2015. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.
Coming events in the USM School of Music
This week and through the end of the semester, the USM School of Music presents some exceptional performances. Learn about them all, and come out to support our students and faculty performers.
'Molded by the Flow' world premiere receives extensive media recognition
Judy Harrison of the Bangor Daily News called the show "a triumph of academic cooperation that allowed students and faculty to create a multimedia production that envelops theatergoers with sights and sounds that not only tell a set of particular stories but evoke strong memories of their own experiences in Maine."
USM School of Music presents annual Spring Youth Ensembles Instrumental Concert on April 13 at Merrill Auditorium
On Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m., the USM Youth Ensembles, Portland's outstanding regional youth music performance program, will perform their annual Spring instrumental concert at Merrill Auditorium.
USM Chamber Singers, music students, faculty selected to present and perform at 2017 Eastern Division Conference
The USM School of Music will be well-represented at this year’s Eastern Division Conference. The USM Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Dosman, have been selected to perform at the 55th National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference from April 5-8 in Atlantic City, NJ. School of Music faculty Dr. Michele Kaschub has also been selected to present eight workshops at the conference, three of which will prominently feature undergraduate students at USM.
'Molded by the Flow' - a collaborative performance with USM School of Music and Departments of Theatre and Art opens April 14
The world premiere of “Molded by the Flow,” a multimedia, interdisciplinary performance collaboration from the Libra Professorship at USM, School of Music and departments of Theatre and Art, will open April 14-15 in Lewiston at the Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts; and will appear in Gorham April 21-29 at the Main Stage, Russell Hall at USM.
"Fables and Story Telling" - USM Wind Ensemble, More Than a Musical Experience
The USM Wind Ensemble will explore music from the last one hundred years showcasing the abilities of our top performers in the School of Music through chamber music repertoire.
USM’s 'Merry Wives of Windsor' draws praise from Portland Press Herald reviewer
The USM-produced opera, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," drew praise in a March 5 review by the Portland Press Herald's Allan Kozinn.
March 17 - Scenes from New England: Music and Texts by New England Composers and Poets
Voice Artist Faculty members Elisabeth Marshall and Scott Wheatley, with Bridget Convey on piano, present a dramatic and emotional musical program of poems and stories from Maine and New England