Dr. Alfred & D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Associate Professor, Director of Choral Studies

Office Location

Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2021

Monday-Wednesday 9am-10am


(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 Associate Professor of Music-Choral Conducting and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM), School of Music.Under his leadership the USM Chamber Singers was invited to perform at the 2022 ACDA Eastern Region Conference in Boston, MA. Additionally, the USM Chamber Singers were invited to and performed at the 2019 Vietnam International Choir Competition in Hoi An, Viet Nam. The USM Chamber Singers received a Gold Diploma, an invititation to perform at the Grand Prize Finale, and an invitiation to perform at the World Choir Games-Champions Round as a result of their outstanding performance. In 2017, the Chamber Singers were invited to perform at the 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.  

In October of 2018, Dosman was a headliner and clinician at the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Música Coral in the Republic of Panama and served as a clinician for their virtual session in 2020 and 2021. 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 2022. 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. In 2021 he was appointed Chorus Master for Opera Maine's production of L'elisir d'amore. 

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.


(July 2021)

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. (2020) The Importance of Arts Education: Graduation and Dropout Rates at a School of Music in the Bronx, New York (2007-2011). Athens Journal of Humanities and Arts, 7 (4)

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, 118 (2)

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. (2020) Hablamos de Música Escolar. Crescendo TV. Republica de Panamá (virtual)

Dosman, N.A. (2020) Local Motives: Off the rails. WMPG Radio. Portland, ME

Dosman, N.A. (2020) Ask an Expert Series: Diversity and Leadership in the Arts Roundtable. North End Music and Performing Arts Center. Virtual Panel

Dosman, N.A., Haslett M., and the USM Chamber Singers (2020) Singing is Singing for Goodness Sakes!: The Choral Singing vs. Solo Singing?. American Choral Directors Eastern Region Conference. Rochester, NY

Dosman, N.A. (2020) The Importance of Arts Education in an Urban School of the Arts. Athens Institute for Research and Education. Athens, Greece

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. and the USM Chamber Singers (2020) Hear, Here by Creative Portland. Portland, ME


Dosman, N.A.,and the USM Chamber Singers  (2019) Vietnam International Choir Competition. Hoi An, Vietnam


Dosman, N.A., Haslett, M. and the USM Chamber Singers (2019) 106 Bach Dang Street performance. Hoi An, Vietnam


Dosman, N.A. (2019) Maine District III Treble Choir. Brunswick, ME


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.

Awards and Recognition

2020 - Faculty Senate Award for Scholarship


2019 USM Chamber Singers selected to perform at the opening ceremonies at the 6th Annual Vietnam Choir Competition


2019 USM Chamber Singers selected to perform at the Grand Prize Finale (peer-adjudicated) at the 6th Annual Vietnam Choir Competition


2019 USM Chamber Singers invited to perform at the World Choir Games in the Champions Round due to their outstanding performance at the 6th Annual Vietnam Choir Competition


2018 Nominee - University of Southern Maine’s President’s Award for Achievement


2017 Represented the United States as part of the American Choral Directors Association at the International Conductor’s Exchange Program