School of Music


Sean Arsenault and Meg Ward in "Of Thee I Sing"

USM premieres Pulitzer-winning musical "Of Thee I Sing"

When USM's Sam Allen takes the stage as Alexander Throttlebottom — the hapless vice president in the 86-year-old musical satire "Of Thee I Sing" — there are no hidden messages about fake news or border walls. The breezy, often-funny School of Music show has little time for contemporary asides.
USM students with Leslie Odom Jr.

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr of "Hamilton" meets USM singers

Leslie Odom Jr, a Tony Award winner for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical phenomenon "Hamilton," met with 18 students from the University of Southern Maine's School of Music.
Rachel Shukan, Sean Arsenault and Meg Ward in "Of Thee I Sing"

"Of Thee I Sing" in the School of Music October 27-29

This all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, whose party, lacking a viable platform, runs on love.
Youth Ensembles

USM School of Music hosts statewide Strings Roundtable

On September 29th, the USM School of Music hosted a statewide Strings Roundtable, the second such meeting in which “string stakeholders” (performers, educators, administrators and teachers) in the state of Maine come together to share thoughts, ideas and experiences of engaging and educating Maine youth in strings education and performance. The meeting— organized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) in collaboration with USM Music professor, Robert Lehmann, director of string studies and orchestral activities, and artistic coordinator of the Portland Youth Ensembles—focused primarily on creating, fostering and sustaining strings programs in Maine public schools.
Laura Kargul in Concert

FACULTY CONCERT SERIES: Laura Kargul, Pianist in Concert

Laura Kargul, internationally acclaimed pianist and director of keyboard studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music will give a solo recital, "A Night at the Opera," at USM on Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m.
Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert

USM Concert Band to join in worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday at 15th Annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert - Oct. 7

The USM Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Trae Blanco, will present its 15th annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert on the green in front of Corthell Hall on October 7 at 1:00pm. The concert, free and open to the public, will begin with a barbecue picnic at noon.
Portrait of Trae Blanco

Trae Blanco: Conducting, teaching and learning

"There are all of these great musical happenings in downtown Portland," said Trae Blanco, USM's Director of Bands. "I think the next step for us is to connect to this big musical scene, to be near them."
Kimberly Lehmann, viola and Chiharu Naruse, piano

Opening Faculty Concert in the USM School of Music Highlights the "Cinderella" of the String Family, the Viola

On September 29, The opening faculty concert of the 2017-2018 in the School of Music features Kimberly Lehmann on viola and Chiharu Naruse on piano.
“The Summer King,” by USM Professor Dan Sonenberg, premiered at the Pittsburgh Opera Company in April, 2017. (David Bachman Photography)

At opera’s world premiere, Sonenberg delivers a home run

USM professor Dan Sonenberg’s “The Summer King” earns praise at its world premiere at the Pittsburgh Opera. The event drew praise by the Portland Press Herald.
Opening Faculty Concert, Kimberly Lehmann, viola and Chiharu Naruse, piano

USM School of Music announces fall 2017 season of events

The USM School of Music has announced its full lineup of performances and events for the fall semester, including the popular Faculty Concert Series, the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series, a collection of faculty-led student ensembles, the 9th annual student-led Music Education Symposium, the annual “Home for the Holidays” gala and more.