School of Music

USM School of Music Announces Concert Lineup for Fall 2014

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music fall 2014 season will feature the popular Faculty Concert Series; a concert production of the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening; USM Youth Ensembles; undergraduate and graduate student ensembles; and the 24th Annual Scholarship Gala, More Than a Little Night Music.

“This fall season is an excellent representation of the range of USM's faculty and Maine's home grown talent; it is breathtaking,” said Alan Kaschub, interim director of the USM School of Music. “Edgy musical theater, profound Mahler song, virtuosic piano, swinging jazz and even an outdoor band concert all will happen in one semester.”

Kaschub noted that a considerable number of this season’s performers grew up in Maine and received their early training either at USM or in the surrounding community. “The opening faculty concert features a trio of Maine natives, and it sets the stage for a season that reminds us all that Maine is a great place to learn to be a musician,” he said.

The USM Faculty Concert Series will include performances by Anastasia Antonacos, USM artist faculty in piano, along with two Maine musicians, Patrick Doane on violin and Ben Noyes on cello; Laura Kargul, USM professor of music and director of keyboard studies, celebrating her 25th anniversary of teaching at USM with a piano concert of Schubert, Brahms and Liszt; and Micah Mario, USM artist faculty in trumpet, and Barry Saunders, USM artist faculty in saxophone, joined by the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble for a concert of fresh arrangements and original jazz works.

“Laura Kargul's 25th anniversary concert will be a great milestone, and it will be a celebration of decades of excellence both in her performances and in the work with her students,” Kaschub said, also noting that Antonacos, Mario and Saunders are USM alumni.

Spring Awakening will be presented Oct. 31-Nov. 2, directed by Edward Reichert, lecturer in musical theatre, with musical direction by Kellie Moody, USM School of Music alumna. The eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, named 2007 Best Musical, is a provocative journey through the turbulent exhilaration of the teen years. Featuring an electrifying score by Duncan Sheik, the show explores the highs and lows of the hormone-infused transition from adolescence to adulthood in 19th-century Germany while casting stark light on the dilemmas that teenagers continue to grapple with in modern day.

Two concerts and the annual gala will be presented in Portland. The USM Instrumental Youth Ensembles will perform their annual fall concert at the Merrill Auditorium; and the USM Chamber Singers, conducted by Robert Russell, USM professor of music, will usher in the warmth of the holiday season with Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season at Williston-Immanuel Church on High Street.

The 24th Annual Scholarship Gala, More Than a Little Night Music, held at the Abromson Community Center, Portland campus, will offer a new twist on the presentation of the evening. Guests will be treated to gourmet wine and food pairings, dessert, an espresso and cappuccino bar, and standout performances by acclaimed School of Music student ensembles. The gala also will include a raffle, a silent auction and a live auction.

The USM School of Music 2014-2015 season includes the following sponsors: ARAMARK; Dr. Dahlia and Arthur L. Handman; Macy’s; Murray, Plumb and Murray; Norway Savings Bank; Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution; and the USM School of Music Advisory Board.

2014 Fall Season At a Glance

Click here to view the Fall 2014 Event Calendar (PDF)

All events are open to the public and take place in the Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham Campus, 37 College Avenue, Gorham, unless otherwise noted.


  • 240 Strings
    8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19
    The USM School of Music Faculty Concert Series presents Annie Antonacos, piano with Patrick Doane, violin, and Ben Noyes, cello. Three musicians who grew up and trained in Maine come together for their first collaboration in a program of masterwork piano trios.
    Sponsored by the USM School of Music Advisory Board.
    Ticket A
  • Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert   
    1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27
    On The Green in front of Corthell Hall, USM Gorham campus
    A tradition for the USM community and Gorham neighbors, this 12th annual afternoon of concert band classics and barbecue lunch (available at old-fashioned prices!) is fun for the whole family! Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. Barbecue begins at noon.
    Sponsored by ARAMARK


  • Laura Kargul Celebrates 25 Years at USM!
    8 p.m., Friday, Oct.17
    The Faculty Concert Series presents Laura Kargul, piano, celebrating her 25 years at USM with a program of favorite works by Schubert and Brahms, concluding with the brilliant virtuoso masterpiece, Liszt’s great Sonata in B Minor.  As always, making comments from the stage, she also will share her unique insights into the music.
    Sponsored by Dr. Dahlia and Arthur L. Handman
    Ticket A       
  • USM Wind Ensemble
    2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26
    Conducted by Peter Martin
    Ticket B 
  • Spring Awakening
    Oct. 31-Nov. 2
    8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31
    8 p.m., Saturday, November 1
    2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, November 2
    Directed by Edward Reichert
    Musical Direction by Kellie Moody
    Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik
    Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
    Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” is a provocative journey through the turbulent exhilaration of the teen years. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, where youth are kept ignorant about the hormone-infused transition from adolescence to adulthood, a group of teenagers confront their budding sexuality with scandalous consequences. Featuring an electrifying score by Duncan Sheik, this groundbreaking rock musical exudes passion, angst and rebellion.
    Includes mature language and subject matter.
    Sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution
    Ticket A


  • Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra
    8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8
    Gorham Middle School Auditorium, 106 Weeks Rd., Gorham
    Conducted by Robert Lehmann; featuring Margaret Yauger, USM artist faculty, singing Mahler's “Kindertotenlieder.”
    Ticket B available online and at the door; open seating.
  • USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert
    7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13
    Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
    This annual fall concert is a wonderful showcase of the talent and skill of southern Maine’s young musicians. The performance includes:
    - Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra; Robert Lehmann, conductor
    - Portland Youth Wind Ensemble; Peter Martin, conductor
    - Portland Youth Junior Orchestra; Ferdinand Liva, conductor
    - Portland Young People's String Consort; Deborah Dabczynski, conductor
    Sponsored by Macy's
    $8/$5 suggested donation at the door; open seating.    
  • USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles
    8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14
    Directed by Taylor O'Donnell
    Ticket B 
  • USM Jazz Ensemble
    7:30 p.m.,Thursday, Nov. 20
    Directed by Christopher Oberholtzer
    Ticket B 
  • Not Your Grandpa's Jazz   
    8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21
    The USM School of Music Faculty Concert Series presents Micah Maurio, trumpet, and Barry Saunders, clarinet, with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Jazz is about liberation, progress and freedom. In honor of progress, this concert will feature a number of original works and fresh arrangements by the USM jazz faculty. Standards are part of our tradition, but this is not your grandpa's jazz!
    Ticket A        
  • USM Youth Ensembles Fall Choral Concert
    2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22
    The Southern Maine Youth Chorale, conducted by Rebecca Green, is comprised of singers in grades seven-12; the Southern Maine Children's Choir, conducted by Paul McGovern, is comprised of singers in grades four and up. The groups rehearse at the USM School of Music throughout the fall and present a final concert to showcase their talent and musicianship.
    Sponsored by Macy's
    Free will donation at the door; open seating.

  • Opera Scenes Concert
    8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22
    Directed by Ellen Chickering
    Ticket B

  • USM Concert Band
    2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23
    McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Ave., Gorham
    Peter Martin, conductor
    Ticket B available online and at the door; open seating.


  • Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season
    7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2
    Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland
    Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with the USM Chamber Singers, conducted by Robert Russell.
    Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank
    $12 suggested donation at the door; open seating 
  • 24th Annual Scholarship Gala: More Than A Little Night Music
    6 p.m., Friday, December 5
    Abromson Community Education Center, USM Portland Campus 
    Enjoy an elegant evening in support of scholarships for USM School of Music students! The “More Than A Little Night Music” Scholarship Gala will feature an all-new format including gourmet food and wine pairings, dessert, an espresso and cappuccino bar, live auction, silent action, raffle and music all night long from our acclaimed music students.
    Reservations required; $90 per person; $150 per person to enroll on the Host Committee. For tickets and more information, contact Binney Brackett at (207) 780-5003 or
  • Composers Showcase Concert
    8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6
    The USM Composers Ensemble will present a concert of original works under the direction of Daniel Sonenberg, USM associate professor of music and resident composer.

Click here to view the Fall 2014 Event Calendar (PDF)


Tickets for the Fall 2014 season go on sale August 15, 2014.

For tickets and reservations go to: or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555. For special accommodations, call (207) 780-5142, TTY: 780-5646.

Ticket A: $15, general public; $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5 students.

Ticket B: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.