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 Fall 2016

Monday and Wednesday 11am-12pm


(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 and the director of the Southern Maine Children's Chorus. He also serves as the artistic director of the Community Chorus at South Berwick. Under his leadership the USM Chamber Singers performed 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. He has presented workshops at regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and NAfME conferences.

In 2017 he conducted the Canta Canteums Festival Chorus in Cuernavaca, Mexico and led several choral workshops as part of the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program: ICEP of the Americas.  He had presented at the 2017 National ACDA conference in Minneapolis, MN and had four USM students represent the state of Maine and USM in the National Intercollegiate Unity Honor Choir. He is scheduled to guest conduct honor choirs in New England in 2017 and 2018. 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 and throughout New England. In January of 2018 Dr. Dosman will embark on a new journey with USM and will lead an international Winter-Term for credit in the Republic of Panama in the town of Almirante located in the province of Bocas del Toro. For more information and to apply please visit the website: 

In addition to his academic and artistic responsibilities, Dr. Dosman is the Maine ACDA president-elect and youth and student activities chair. He also 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.



 (July 2017)

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. (2017) Recruiting boys for the 21st Century: New considerations. To be presented at the 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. (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. 


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.