School of Music

Performance Opportunities for University Students

Performing Ensembles (links to list at the bottom of this page)

Areas of Applied Study and the Faculty (scroll, or click links to instrument families)


Jazz Studies:

At the University of Southern Maine School of Music, our approach to jazz education encourages the student to combine a thorough knowledge of the jazz idiom with a solid background in traditional musical studies.  Jazz students will greatly benefit from their exposure to our many fine jazz groups including the Jazz Ensemble, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and numerous instrumental and vocal jazz combos.  The USM Jazz Ensemble is the flagship instrumental ensemble within the jazz idiom.  This big band focuses on performing important works from bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Bill Holman Orchestra just to name a few, as well as more contemporary works from writers and bands that are currently influencing the big band tradition.  The majority of students within the jazz studies program at USM, maintain active careers as freelance musicians in the Southern Maine area and enjoy performing in many of the musical venues that Portland’s metropolitan area has to offer.  History has often shown that a jazz musician with this diversity of training and varied artistic experience, will find greater opportunities for professional musical employment upon graduation


Piano and Organ

Music Composition and Theory:

Music Education:

Music Technology:

Strings, Guitar and Harp


Learn more about studying vocal music at USM.


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 Performing Ensembles:

Large Ensembles

Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, conductor
USM Chamber Singers, Robert Russell, conductor
USM Chorale, Robert Russell, conductor
USM Jazz Ensemble, Christopher Oberholtzer, conductor
USM Concert Band
, Peter Martin, conductor
USM Wind Ensemble, Peter Martin, conductor

Small Ensembles and Other Opportunities

Chamber Music (examples: string quartet, brass quintet, tuba and euphonium ensemble, vocal ensembles)
Composers Ensemble, directed by Daniel Sonenberg
Vocal Jazz Ensembles, directed by Taylor O'Donnell
Jazz Combos, directed by jazz faculty
Harp Ensemble, directed by Jara Goodrich
Musical Theatre, directed by Edward Reichert
Percussion Ensemble, directed by Nancy Smith
Opera Workshop, directed by Ellen Chickering
Fully Staged Opera, a quadrennial production with the Department of Theatre

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