School of Music

School of Music Spring Season Announcement

Our winter / spring season of events is ready to be enjoyed, including the popular Faculty Concert Series, the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series, and our amazing collection of student ensembles. We're in Corthell Hall and also out and about performing in several of the fantastic venues around Greater Portland. 

Unless otherwise noted:

  • Performances take place at Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham Campus
  • Ticket prices for Faculty and Guest Artist concerts are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students. 
  • Ticket prices for student ensembles are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. 
  • Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling (207) 780-5555, or in person during business hours, and whenever available, at the door. 



Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 PM (snow date February 25)

Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: La Belle Époque
Ronald Lantz, violin and Laura Kargul, piano

Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland

Celebrate the holiday of love with Lantz and Kargul as they journey back to La Belle Époque,
the most romantic era in French art and culture. Savor the lush pastoral scenes portrayed in
Joseph Canteloube’s evocative suite, Dans la montagne, and revel in the passion of Jacques
de La Presle’s rhapsodic Sonata for Violin and Piano.

$22 adults, $20 seniors, Free for students and/or 21 and under

Sponsored by Dr. Newell and Tenney ‘79 Augur

Presented with the LARK Society

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Friday, February 23 at 8:00 PM

William Rounds, cello, Elisabeth Marshall, soprano and Friends
Pairs: a Program of Duos

School of Music faculty cellist William Rounds performs Oswaldo Golijov's stunning solo cello work Omaramor then joins with School of Music alum and university professor Elisabeth Marshall, soprano, presenting a collection of poems by Anne Bradstreet with music by James Kallembach. PSO principal oboist Amanda Hardy is featured for a premier of an  oboe/cello duo by Marilyn Zupnik and PSO principal bassist Joseph Holt appears for the famed cello/bass duo by Gioachinno Rossini.

$15 adults, $10 seniors, employees and alumni, $5 students

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

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March 2 - 9, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

A Man of No Importance

Book by Terrence McNally 
Music by Stephen Flaherty 
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens 

Directed by Cary Libkin 
Choreography by Vanessa Beyland 
Music Direction by Edward Reichert

• Friday, March 2, 7:30 PM
• Saturday, March 3, 2:00 PM
• Saturday, March 3, 7:30 PM
• Sunday, March 4, 5:00 PM
• Wednesday, March 7, 5:00 PM
• Thursday, March 8, 7:30 PM
• Friday, March 9, 10:00 AM
• Friday, March 9, 7:30 PM

In 1964 Dublin, Ireland, bus conductor Alfie Byrne shares his passion for theater by reciting poetry to his passengers, and directing a troupe of players in the basement of St. Imelda’s Catholic Church. The trouble begins when Alfie decides to produce his favorite playwright Oscar Wilde’s scandalous play, Salome. The church simply can’t allow such heathen decadence to be performed, even in the basement. During the course of a tumultuous rehearsal process, Alfie learns that the theatre is not a place to hide from the world, but instead the very place where we may finally discover our true selves. As author Terrance McNally writes, “The small world of the St. Imelda’s Players becomes an enormous one and I would be surprised if you did not find at least a small part of your world in theirs.” Indeed, you will see that Alfie Byrne is a man of great importance.

Based on a film “A Man of No Importance”

A collaboration of the School of Music and Department of Theatre
Please purchase tickets at the Theatre Box Office:, (207) 780-5151 Tickets: $10 students, $16 seniors, faculty, staff, alumni, $22 general public

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Alice Hamel

Saturday, March 3 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Music Education Workshop: Music and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Alice Hammel is a world-renowned music educator and clinician focusing on children with special needs. Her workshop will offer specific strategies and resources for working with music students with autism spectrum disorders in classroom and ensemble settings.

$45 for teachers, Free for University of Southern Maine students, $25 for other students
Lunch is included 
.6 CEUs, fee additional

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Lily Afshar

Monday, March 5, 5:00 - 7:00 PM Master Class
Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 PM Concert

Classical Guitar Master Class and Concert with Lily Afshar

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

Acclaimed as “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according to Public Radio International, Lily’s unique life story finds expression in her art, blending excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience.

The Master Class is Free. No tickets are required. 
Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, employees and alumni, and $5 for students. 
Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation

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Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 PM

Cabaret: Bolcom, Bernstein, and Shostakovich, 
USM Concert Band, featuring Taylor O’Donnell
Trae Blanco, conductor

McCormack Performing Arts Center 41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham

Colorado-native Taylor O’Donnell is a contemporary vocalist who uses her roots in jazz, folk and R&B to explore a mixture of beloved standards and originals. From interpreting her own folk and jazz influenced original music to taking on the beloved melodies of Joni Mitchell and contemporary standards, Taylor is a vocal improviser who uses timbre and vocal effects to communicate much of her musical dialogue.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, employees and alumni.

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Big Band Ballroom Bash

Friday, April 6 at 6:00 PM

Big Band Ballroom Bash, Hill Gym, Gorham Campus 

3rd Annual Big Band Ballroom Bash Featuring the USM Jazz Ensemble and the Portland Jazz Orchestra 
Big Band Dancing for Everyone!
$20 per person, $35 per couple 
Students with ID are free
Food and beverages additional

Presented with Departments of Athletics and Campus Life

Sponsored by University Credit Union

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Requiem for My Mother

Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 PM

Choral Masterwork: Requiem For My Mother
Nicolás Alberto Dosman, conductor

Merrill Auditorium 
20 Myrtle Street, Portland

Winners of the 2018 Concerto/Aria competition, accompanied by full orchestra, will be featured on the first half of a program that will conclude with the Maine premiere of Stephen Edwards’ Requiem For My Mother, a symphonic choral work featuring the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Southern Maine Children’s Chorus*, Southern Maine Youth Chorale,* Community Chorus at South Berwick, and the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra.

Suggested Donation $12 - $15 online or at the door
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Sponsored by University Credit Union
Supported in part by an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England
*Youth Ensembles Sponsored by Macy’s



Tuesday April 10 at 7:00 PM

Jazz Combos Concert

Several jazz combos under the direction of School of Music jazz faculty members, will perform a diverse and memorable show.  This performance is a collaborative effort between OLS and the University of Southern Maine to showcase the School of Music’s jazz program, directed by Christopher Oberholtzer.

One Longfellow Square, Portland
Admission is $5 in advance
On the day of the concert $10 for adults
$7 for seniors, 
$5 for students.

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Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 PM

Youth Ensembles Instrumental Concert

Merrill Auditorium - 20 Myrtle St, Portland

Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra 
Trae Blanco, guest conductor

Portland Youth Wind Ensemble 
Trae Blanco, conductor

Portland Young People’s String Consort
Deborah Dabczynski, conductor

Portland Youth Junior Orchestra
Ferdinand Liva, conductor

Suggested Donation $8/$5 online or at the door
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Sponsored by Macy’s



Thursday, April 12 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Master Class: 21st Century Performing Careers

Friday, April 13 at 8:00 PM Concert

Moreau VanTuinen Duo

The Moreau | VanTuinen Duo is one of the only all-female percussion/euphonium duos in the world. Formed in 2014, the group is comprised of Danielle Moreau (percussion) and Danielle VanTuinen (euphonium+tuba), who presently reside in the New Hampshire seacoast. They have given master classes and performed as guest artists at Northern Arizona University, the University of Vermont, the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. The duo aims to promote new works for the ensemble through commissioning projects and provide educational outreach opportunities for middle and high school musicians. 

The master class is free. No tickets required.

Concert Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation

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2017 Honors Recitalists

Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 PM

41st Annual Honors Recital

Recognizing excellence in undergraduate solo performance, selected by audition.

Free; reservations recommended
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Sponsored by Murray, Plumb & Murray



USM Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM

Jazz Ensemble, Christopher Oberholtzer, director

The School of Music presents the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Oberholtzer. This ensemble is a full sized 17 piece big band. This performance will be diverse in nature and will focus on more contemporary literature from composers such as Fred Sturm as well as more classic big band literature from the musical libraries of bands including Duke Ellington, Olivar Nelson and Buddy Rich.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, employees and alumni

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

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Marie Pressman and Ed Reichert

Friday, April 20 at 8:00 PM

Marie Pressman and Edward Reichert

HAPPY AGAIN! An intimate evening with guest vocalist Marie Pressman and pianist Edward Reichert celebrating 25 years together as they perform an eclectic and exciting program of songs by Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer, Jason Robert Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, & Stephen Sondheim. Expect to hear musical theater selections from Grey Gardens, Next to Normal, and Dear Evan Hansen, as well as some surprises and a nod to our year-long Bernstein Centennial Celebration!

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

$15 adults, $10 seniors, employees and alumni, $5 students

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Girl in Six Beats - Artwork by Kaspar Wilder

Saturday April 21 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 PM

The World Premiere of Girl in Six Beats

Music by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Emelia Bailey, Ella Briman, 
Makena Deveraux, Myah Garrison, 
Emily Greene, Zoe Sliwinski, and Kaspar Wilder
Directed by Ellen Chickering
Music Direction by Scott Wheatley
Artwork by Kaspar Wilder

Commissioned by Opera Maine, made possible with the support of The Crewe Foundation and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

A collaboration between Opera Maine, The Telling Room, and the School of Music

Opera Workshop students are collaborating with Opera Maine and The Telling Room to create a new opera composed by Daniel Sonenberg that will be premiered at the University of Southern Maine and in various locations in the community during April. 

The opera, approximately thirty minutes in length, depicts a teenage girl’s internal journey of discovery through a purgatory-like dreamscape in the immediate aftermath of her attempt to end her own life. Prompted by her encounters in limbo with various opinionated characters all eager to design her eternal destiny, she asserts her own voice for the first time, and commits herself to life in order to restore her most important relationship - that with her mother. The opera is composed for five principal singers, a small chorus, and orchestrated for piano and small percussion (performed by the singers).

In addition to this world premiere, the program will include opera scenes performed by Opera Workshop students.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, employees and alumni

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

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Tina Davis, piano

Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 PM

Graduate Showcase

This is a special night dedicated to performances by our Masters degree students. 

Free, no tickets required



USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 PM

Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Taylor O’Donnell, director

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Taylor O’Donnell, includes both music and non-music majors. The ensemble will perform intricate arrangements of jazz standards, as well as pieces written specifically for vocal jazz ensembles. Per the ensemble’s custom, the performance will include improvised vocal solos.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, employees and alumni

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

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USM Composers Ensemble

Friday, April 27 at 8:00 PM

Composers Showcase Featuring the Composers Ensemble
Daniel Sonenberg, conductor

The Composers Ensemble begins each semester with no music and a new assortment of players and instruments. Under the direction of resident composer, Daniel Sonenberg, ensemble members compose new music for this concert of world premieres. 

Free, no tickets required


USM Wind Ensemble

Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM

Wind Ensemble, Trae Blanco, conductor

The Wind Ensemble offers a unique musical experience to its members, and its audience. The versatility of the Wind Ensemble, based upon the solo performer premise, has established a tradition of performing chamber and large instrumentations, traditional or experimental combinations, and early through contemporary literature. The membership of the Wind Ensemble is selected from Concert Band personnel. 

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, employees and alumni

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

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Anastasia Antonacos

Friday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Anastasia Antonacos, piano: Celebrating Convocation

Help us close out this year's convocation theme of "Race & Participatory Democracy" with Annie, the Portland Piano Trio, and School of Music alumna Teresa Herold. We'll hear music inspired by democratic ideals and political events in America and beyond over the past 150 years, including works by Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor and American composer Amy Beach, who persisted as a professional composer and pianist long before it was considered acceptable for women to do so. The program also includes works by Franz Liszt celebrating a marginalized ethnic group; a sonata by Czech composer Leos Janacek, who was inspired to write in reaction to an uprising that ended with police brutality; musical stories of workers' uprisings in the early 20th-century textile industry by Frederic Rzewski; responses to climate change by John Luther Adams; and some beautiful arrangements of spirituals.

Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

$15 adults, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students

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