School of Music


Portland-Based Composer Dan Sonenberg Releases New Album, "Peaks Island Ferry"

Resident Composer Daniel Sonenberg has released a new album, Peaks Island Ferry.

USM School of Music Presents Open Master Classes; Sept. 29 Class Features Emmy Award-Winning Composer, Larry Groupé

Five outstanding professionals, including Emmy Award-winning Hollywood composer Larry Groupé, are presenting master classes for School of Music students that also are free and open to the public. Three of the classes are presented in collaboration with Portland Ovations, the Maine-based, not-for-profit performing arts organization.

12th Annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert at the USM School of Music

The program ncludes R.B. Hall’s “New Colonial March,” Clare Grundman’s “Music for a Carnival,” John Philip Sousa’s march, “The Liberty Bell,” and selections from “The Music Man” including “Till There Was You,” “Marian the Librarian,” and the perennial favorite, “76 Trombones.” The USM Concert Band also will treat the audience to Giacomo Puccini’s march, “Scossa Elettrica,” (The Electric Shock) and Alex Shapiro’s “Tight Squeeze,” which Martin says is an unexpected and especially unique selection for the concert band.

Pianist Anastasia Antonacos and Fellow Maine-Based Musicians Open USM School of Music Faculty Concert Series

The popular Faculty Concert Series will open the fall season later this month with a trio of celebrated Maine-based musicians: Anastasia Antonacos, USM artist faculty in piano, Ben Noyes, cello, and Patrick Doane, violin.

USM School of Music Community to Perform at New Hampshire Bach Festival

The USM School of Music, under the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will be well represented at the upcoming “Mostly Bach Festival,” presented Aug. 23-24 in North Conway, N.H., sponsored by White Mountain Musical Arts.

“The Summer King” Redux

“The Summer King: An Opera on the Life of Josh Gibson” will be presented on MPBN’s show, “Maine Stage,” at 8-11 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6. It can be heard on radio or streamed live here:

USM School of Music Announces Concert Lineup for Fall 2014

The fall 2014 season will feature the popular Faculty Concert Series; a concert production of the Tony Award-winning "Spring Awakening"; USM Youth Ensembles; undergraduate and graduate student ensembles; and the 24th Annual Scholarship Gala, More Than a Little Night Music.

Local Students to Perform in USM Youth Ensembles Spring Choral Concert

The concert will include the Southern Maine Youth Chorale, conducted by Shannon Chase, and the Southern Maine Children’s Choir, conducted by Paul McGovern. Each group will perform a lively program of spirited and inspiring pieces.

USM School of Music to Hold Creative Arts Therapy Conference

With the support of the USM School of Music, Kate Beever, board-certified music therapist, USM graduate and prominent percussionist and keyboardist, is organizing a conference titled, “Creative Health: Conference for Healthcare Professionals and Caregivers,” scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at USM.

USM School of Music to Present 37th Annual Honors Recital

Celebrating excellence in undergraduate music performance, the USM School of Music will present its 37th Annual Honors Recital next week on the Gorham campus.