School of Music

USM School of Music Community to Perform at New Hampshire Bach Festival

The USM School of Music, under the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will be well represented at the upcoming “Mostly Bach Festival,” presented Aug. 23-24 in North Conway, N.H., sponsored by White Mountain Musical Arts.        

The festival ends a summer that saw the School of Music community as major players in the productions of several regional organizations, including PORTopera, Maine State Theatre and the Arundel Barn Playhouse.        

“The New England music culture is a tremendous resource for our School of Music community, which in turn is a superb resource for various regional organizations,” commented Alan Kaschub, School of Music interim director. “This is, in essence, the USM advantage.”

More than seven artist faculty, alumni and students will take part in the highly popular concert program.        

Robert Lehman, USM associate professor and artist faculty in violin, is music director and conductor for the two-day Bach spectacular. As part of the festival, Lehman also will be performing Vivaldi’s “Opus 3, No. 9 in D Major” for violin on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in North Conway.

Members of the Bach Festival Chorus, under the direction of Paul McGovern, USM Southern Maine Children’s Choir conductor, also will include USM School of Music community members.

The event will feature Ray Cornils, USM artist faculty and municipal organist for the city of Portland, and Frank Glazer of Topsham, renowned nonagenarian concert pianist, composer and music professor.        

USM School of Music community members taking part include:        

Robert Lehmann, USM associate professor and artist faculty in violin, music director and soloist:

Deborah Dabczyinski, USM Portland Young People’s String Consort conductor, personnel manager and principal cello;

Ray Cornils, USM artist faculty, soloist;

Elisabeth Marshall, USM artist faculty, soprano soloist;

Aaren Rivard, USM student, tenor soloist;

Betty Rines, USM artist faculty, principal trumpet;

Paul McGovern, USM Southern Maine Children’s Choir conductor, choirmaster.


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