School of Music


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.
Rachel Shukan, voice major, USM

USM senior wins the Nordica Scholarship

USM performance major Rachel Shukan wins the Nordica Scholarship.

Organist and USM grad student to perform at Lewiston basilica

Organist Christopher Pelonzi, who is enrolled in a graduate program for choral conducting, will perform July 26 at Lewiston’s grand Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
Megan Marino and Michael Mayes

USM Music alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and husband featured in Boulder Daily Camera article on international success as opera singers

On July 15, the Boulder Daily Camera featured USM alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and her husband, Michael Mayes, baritone—both internationally touring opera singers who reside in Lyons, Colorado.
Image of Garrepy as Ottone

Three USM singers honored as 2017 Young Stars of Maine

Three USM School of Music singers earned prizes and performed at the 2017 Young Stars of Maine Prize Winners concert at the Rockport Opera House.
Aaron Clarke

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.