School of Music

Robert Lehmann

Professor, Director of String Studies and Orchestral Activities, Portland Youth Symphony, Artist Faculty violin/viola

Office Location

206 Corthell Hall

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

Office Hours: TBA



Academic Degrees

  • DMA Violin Performance and Literature, Boston University
  • MM Violin Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
  • BM Violin Performance and Music History, University of the Pacific




Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings Studies and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire. He holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of the Pacific, the Eastman School and Boston University and has been a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Festival and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College. Dr. Lehmann has concertized as violinist and conductor, in his native Mexico, throughout the US, Puerto Rico and in Europe and Ukraine. He has been of frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony, Portland Ballet, and has conducted All-State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. He has also been an adjudicator the National Orchestra Festival at the ASTA National Convention.

Prior to his appointment at USM, he was Music Director of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, and on the conducting staff of the Greater Boston and the Empire State Youth Orchestras. He is first violinist of the Meliora Quartet and concertmaster of the Opera Maine and the Choral Art Society. He is in demand as a performer, conductor, teacher and adjudicator and is listed in Who's Who in American Music. His CD, “Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce” was issued by Centaur Records in 2009. He has given numerous word premieres including Elliot Schwartz's' "Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson" and Portland Ballet’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. His 2012 performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3, was named the top performance event of the Portland concert season by the Portland Press Herald. Recently, he conducted the Portland Ballet's Victorian Nutcracker and made his guest conducting debut with the Greensboro Symphony and lead two performances of Stravisnky's seminal 'Histoire du Soldat' with Venti Cordi. Next season includes a return engagement to conduct the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Portland Ballet. A recently completed sabbatical resulted in numerous performances and orchestral workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as well as in Mainz, Köln-Portz, Ramstein, Leipzig-Polenz, Germany, and Paris, France. Dr. Lehmann primarily plays a 2014 Benjamin Ruth (Swampscott, MA) violin and resides in Scarborough, Maine with his wife Kim, a violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and their two sons, Eric and Alex.


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Recent Publications

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Manuel Ponce: Chamber Music for Strings. String Quartet; Sonata a Duo; Petite Suite dans le style ancien; Robert Lehmann, violin; Jennifer Elowitch, violin; Kimberly Lehmann, viola; William Rounds, cello

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