School of Music

USM Youth Ensembles: Meet the Conductors


Hanna Flewelling, Portland Young People's String Consort
Robert Lehmann, Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra
Ferdinand Liva, Portland Youth Junior Orchestra
Jackie Townsend, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble


Nicolás Alberto Dosman, Southern Maine Youth Chorale


Conductor Biographies:

Hanna Flewelling
Portland Young People’s String Consort

Hanna Flewelling holds a Bachelor of Music Education, with a focus in both violin
and saxophone, from the University of Southern Maine. She currently works as the
instrumental director at Windham High School in Maine, conducting both concert band
and orchestra. In recognition of her work in Windham, Hanna was nominated for and
awarded “New Music Teacher of the Year” in May 2018 by the Maine Music Educators
Association. In addition to her work in Windham, Mrs. Flewelling runs a small violin
studio out of her home in Cumberland.


Nicolás Alberto Dosman
Southern Maine Youth Chorale

Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman is an Assistant Professor of Music, Choral Conducting at the University of Southern Maine (USM), School of Music. Prior to his arrival at USM, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Colby College and an Applied Music Associate (voice) where he conducted the Colby Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Colby-Kennebec Choral Society. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Molloy College. Under his leadership the Colby College Chamber Choir performed at Carnegie Hall where the Colby Chamber Choir’s performance was described as “an inspired performance, with an enthusiastic audience.” In 2013 he was one of three American choral conductors that was invited to and attended the Musica e Arte Sacra conductor’s invitational in Rome, Italy. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Dosman is the Maine ACDA youth and student activities chair. Before his arrival in the great state of Maine, he was a conducting fellow with the Continuo Arts Foundation (Westfield, NJ) and was also the director of Casita Sings Children’s Chorus (Bronx, NY). He founded the Miami Choral Festival in 2008 and was also the chairman of the Miami-Dade/Monroe County region of the Florida Vocal Association. He studied choral conducting with Dr. Dino Anagnost at Columbia University and Drs. André Thomas and Kevin Fenton at Florida State University (FSU). Prior to his graduate studies at FSU, he attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received his B.M. in music education with a vocal emphasis. Dr. Dosman’s research interests include: male-participation in choral ensembles, music teacher preparation, urban school districts and music education, and social justice in urban schools.


Robert Lehmann
Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra

Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings and Orchestral Activities at the USM School of Music. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire and conductor of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. 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 a frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony and has conducted All State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. 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 PORTOpera and 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 new CD, Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce has just been issued by Centaur Records. He recently conducted the world premiere of Portland Ballet’s newly commissioned The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Dr. Lehmann resides in Scarborough with his wife Kim, a violist with the PSO, and his two sons, Eric and Alex.


Ferdinand Liva
Portland Youth Junior Orchestra

Ferdinand Liva, violinist and conductor, comes from a musically prominent family in northeastern Pennsylvania. He began studying the violin at age seven with his father, a noted conductor and teacher, and continued his education at the Peabody Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music degree under Berl Senofsky. He then studied at Temple University in Philadelphia with Luis Biava, where he graduated with a Master’s degree, as well as a Professional Studies Certificate. In 1991, he became one of the founding members of the DaPonte String Quartet which works and performs in Maine. They have performed on many of the great chamber music series, including Rockefeller University, Music Mountain, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim.  Mr. Liva spent four years as Assistant Professor of violin and chamber music at Wilkes University, and conductor of the University Orchestra. He currently teaches a private studio of students, conducts the Sea Coast Youth Orchestra and the Sea Coast Community Orchestra, has conducted the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra and University Orchestra, and teaches violin and chamber music as an adjunct faculty member at the University.


Jackie Townsend
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble

Dr. Jackie Townsend joins the faculty at the University of Southern Maine as the director of bands, conducting the University Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band, as well as teaching courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting. She recently graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting and studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Enrico Williams. As a conducting teaching fellow at UNT, Jackie was responsible for directing the UNT Concert and University Bands, as well as guest directing the UNT Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the North Texas Wind Symphony. She also taught undergraduate conducting courses and maintained the UNT Wind Studies music library. From 2015-2018, Dr. Townsend served as the assistant conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Prior to her studies in Texas, Jackie spent four years as director of bands at Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, where she directed the high school concert band, marching band, and jazz band, as well as the 8th grade concert band. Under her direction, the Keystone Bands earned top ratings at Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events and were also invited to perform in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Toronto, Canada. Dr. Townsend holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). After teaching elementary band for one year in Oneonta, New York, Jackie served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Band Activities Department at BGSU, working closely with the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, University Band, and Falcon Marching Band.

She has studied clarinet with Kevin Schempf and conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Williams, Ken Thompson, Bruce Moss, Carol Hayward, Emily Freeman Brown, and John Knight. She has written two articles for the most recent installment of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Bandseries (Volume 11), published by GIA. Her dissertation research on recent symphonies written for the wind band was presented in March 2018 at the southwest division conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Houston, Texas. In May 2018, Jackie was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Wind Studies from the University of North Texas. Dr. Townsend is active in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Band Association, and has presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. She currently resides with her two crazy cats (Calypso and Abby) and when not on the podium or in the classroom, she enjoys cooking, hiking.


2015 Conductor Emeritus, Peter Martin