School of Music

Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Studies
Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Office Location

Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2017

Monday and Wednesday 12:15-1pm


(207) 780-5697

Academic Degrees

  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Florida State University, Master of Music Education (MME)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, Doctor of Education (EDD)


Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman is an Assistant Professor of Music, Choral Conducting and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM), School of Music, director of the Southern Maine Children's Chorus is the director of the Community Chorus at South Berwick. During his tenure at the University of Southern Maine, the USM Chamber Singers were invited to perform at the 2017 National Association for Music Educations (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.  Prior to his arrival at USM, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Colby College and an Applied Music Associate (voice) where he conducted the Colby Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Colby-Kennebec Choral Society. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Molloy College during this period. Under his leadership the Colby College Chamber Choir performed at Carnegie Hall where the Colby Chamber Choir’s performance was described as “an inspired performance, with an enthusiastic audience.” In 2013 he was one of three American choral conductors that was invited to and attended the Musica e Arte Sacra conductor’s invitational in Rome, Italy.

In October of 2018, Dosman was a headliner and clinician at the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Música Coral in the Republic of Panama. In April of 2018, Dosman conducted the New England and complete US premiere of Stephen Edwards Requiem for My Mother in Merrill Auditorium. In 2017 he conducted the Canta Cantemus Festival Chorus in Cuernavaca, Mexico and led several choral workshops as part of the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program: ICEP of the Americas. Dosman frequently presents workshops at regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and NAfME conferences. His most recent national appearance was at the 2017 National ACDA conference in Minneapolis, MN as a presenter. In addition to his presentation, he had four USM students represent the state of Maine and USM in the National Intercollegiate Unity Honor Choir. In 2016, Dr. Dosman was the guest conductor of the Maine All-State Treble Chorus. He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor and clinician in the state of Maine, New England, and Latin America. Dosman currently has guest conducting engagements scheduled through 2019. In 2017 he made his conducting debut with the PSO and Magic of Christmas Chorus and conducted portions of the concert and will continue to serve as chorus master this season. Dosman an established choral conductor- is also a skilled as an orchestral conductor and has increasingly conducted choral –orchestral works. In the spring of 2018 he served as interim conductor of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra (SMSO).

In addition to his academic and artistic responsibilities, Dr. Dosman is the Maine ACDA president, ACDA Eastern Division ICEP representative and serves on the national board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) as Maine’s representative. Prior to his arrival to the great state of Maine, he was a conducting fellow with the Continuo Arts Foundation (Westfield, NJ) and was also the director of Casita Sings Children’s Chorus (Bronx, NY). He founded the Miami Choral Festival in 2008 and was also the chairman of the Miami-Dade/Monroe County region of the Florida Vocal Association while serving as a public school teacher. He studied choral conducting with Dr. Dino Anagnost at Columbia University and Drs. André Thomas and Kevin Fenton at Florida State University (FSU).  Prior to his graduate studies at FSU, he attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received his B.M. in music education with a vocal emphasis. In addition to his formal education, he had the opportunity to attend an intensive choral conducting workshop with Grammy award winning conductor Charles Bruffy.


(November 2018)

Research Interests

Choral music, male-participation in choral ensembles, music teacher preparation, urban school districts and music education, and social justice in urban schools.


Recent Publications

Dosman, N.A. (2016) Why music matters in urban school district: the perspectives of students, and parents of Celia Cruz High School of Music – Bronx, NY. Arts Education Policy Review.

Dosman, N.A. (2011) Gender, sexual orientation, and camaraderie: Factors that may influence male participation in chorus. School Music News, 74 (6)





Dosman, N.A.(2019) A 21st Century Approach to Recruting Males for Choral Ensembles. Florida Music Educators Association Conference. Tampa, FL

Dosman, N.A. (2018) Taller de vocalizaciones para jovenes y principiantes. Encuentro Latinoamericano de Música Coral. Panama, Republic of Panama

Dosman, N.A. (2017) Recruiting boys for the 21st Century: New considerations. Delaware Music Educators Association Conference. Dover, DE

Dosman, N.A. (2017) Vocalizations: The alternative to warm-ups. To be presented at the Delaware Music Educators Association Conference. Dover, DE

Dosman, N.A. (2017) Canta Cantemus: Primer Encuentro Coral de Música Sacra. Formación y papel de coros religiosos. Cuernavaca, México

Dosman, N.A. (2017) Canta Cantemus: Primer Encuentro Coral de Música Sacra. Vocalicaziones para coros. Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Dosman, N.A.(2017) Don't warm-up up your choir: VOCALIZE them instead! National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference. Atlantic City, NJ 

Dosman, N.A. (2017) A 21st Century Approach to Recruiting Boys in Middle and High School. American Choral Directors Association National Conference. Minneapolis, MN

Dosman, N.A. (2016) Recruiting Adolescent Males in the 21st Century.  Vermont Music Educators Conference. Killington, VT and Connecticut ACDA Fall Conference. Manchester, CT

Dosman, N.A. (2015) Music May Not Make Kids Smarter, but it might keep them in school : A winning case for music education in urban schools. Presented at the National Association for Music Education National Conference. Nashville, TN.

Dosman, N.A. (2014) Academic Performance at a Bronx School of Music: Dropout and Graduation Rates (2007 – 2011). Presented at Molloy College Fall Research Day. Rockville Center, NY.

Dosman, N.A. (2014) Recruiting and retaining adolescent males in urban schools. Presented at the American Choral Director’s Eastern Division Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Dosman, N.A. (2012) Recruitment and retention of adolescent males in choral programs.  Presented at the New England Area American Choral Director’s Association conference. Keene, NH.

Dosman, N.A. (2011). Choral Literature Workshop. Presented at the Teachers College Music Education Student Teacher’s Saturday Workshop. New York, NY.

Dosman, N.A. (2010) Classroom management and positive reinforcement. Good Shepherd Services. Bronx, NY


Creative Activity

Dosman, N.A. (2019) MAine District III Treble Choir. 


Dosman, N.A. (2019) Maine District II Mixed Honor Choir. Windham,  ME 


Dosman, N.A. (2018)  Encuentro Latinoamericano de Música Coral. Guest Conductor. Panama, Republic of Panama


Dosman, N.A. (2018) Kennebec Valley Honor Choir. Guest Conductor. Belfast, ME


Dosman, N.A. (2017) Vermont District III Honor Choir. Guest Conductor. Burlington, VT


Dosman, N.A. (2017) Canta Cantemus: Primer Encuentro Coral de Música Sacra. Conductor del Coro Festival: Canta Cantemus. Cuernavaca, Mexico


Dosman, N.A. and USM Chamber Singers (2017). Performance. National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference. Atlantic City, NJ


Dosman, N.A. (2017) Maine District V Honor Choir. Guest Conductor. Dover, ME

Dosman, N.A. (2017) York County Middle School Honor Choir. Guest Conductor. York, ME


Dosman, N.A. (2016) Maine All-State Treble Choir. Guest Conductor. Orono, ME


 Dosman, N.A. (2015) Maine District II Treble Honor Choir. Guest Conductor. Portland, ME.