School of Music


USM Jazz Ensemble
The USM Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of big band repertoire from both the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Come and enjoy this "Battle of the Bands." Directed by Chris Oberholtzer.
Bruce Fithian
The Fithian Festival concert will take place on May 4 at 8 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus. The vocal concert will include compositions by Bruce Fithian, a performance by the St. Mary's Schola, several alumni students who have succeeded in opera, and the USM Chamber Singers. Admission is free.
Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
For this 8 p.m. concert that happens only once every other year, student ensembles are recommended by their faculty advisor, and then chosen by audition for this public performance. Student performers include Will Bristol, Mark Rossnagel, Dalton Ringey, Beth Spelter, Allie Macisso, Ben Fox, Kate Bernier, Libby Perry Bowder, James Brown, Jeremy Binette, Jeffry Mosher, Aaron Pettingill, Samuel Schuth, Roy MacNeil and Shannon Allen.
University Chorale
In a 5 p.m. public concert, Robert Russell conducts the University Chorale in a 40-minute work that gives a human voice to victims of the Holocaust through a cycle of songs and spoken prose written by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. After intermission the Chorale performs Rutter's sublime and lyrical Requiem, a work of deep beauty and rich insight, that sets the traditional liturgical text with English texts interspersed.
Composers Ensemble
The USM Composers Ensemble performs on Friday night at 8 p.m., featuring Indian master percussionist Srinivas Krishnan on several numbers. A frequent collaborator with the great film composer A.R. Rahman, Krishnan will work intensively with the Composers Ensemble and some special guest vocalists to prepare a thrilling set, infusing the Showcase with a an exciting global flavor.
Composers Ensemble
On Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m, the USM Composers Ensemble will make their Portland debut on the Back Cove Festival of Contemporary Music at the Portland Conservatory. The three-day festival includes five concerts featuring new music by many of the areas professional composers, including students and faculty of USM.
35th Annual Honors Recitalists
The 36th Annual Honors Recital is a time-tested treasure, highlighting the exceptional talent achieved by USM music majors. With assigned seating, admission is free, but reservations are recommended.
Youth Ensembles at Merrill Auditorium
The USM Youth Ensembles continue to provide a unique and vital element to the musical lives of young musicians in Maine, continuing a 71 year tradition that is a testament not only to community founders, but to the value the greater Portland area community places on such a unique organization.
USM Chamber Singers
The USM School of Music presents the USM Chamber Singers in a Spring concert under the direction of Dr. Robert Russell. The concert will be held at Williston-Immanuel United Church in Portland on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $6 for general admission, $3 for seniors, students, and USM alumni, faculty and staff.
Larchmere String Quartet
The USM School of Music will present a master class with Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra's Larchmere String Quartet, featuring two student chamber music ensembles.


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