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USM School of Music Composers EnsembleLISTEN: Alumni Compositions
For the 10th anniversary of the USM Composers Ensemble, directed by Daniel Sonenberg, Associate Professor and Resident Composer, School of Music alumni were commissioned to write pieces for the celebratory concert, held in April 2015.

Click here to listen to 10 Year Anniversary, composed by Timothy Burns '12 '14

Timothy Burns, a horn player, percussionist, and conductor, holds a BA in Music Education and an MM in Composition from USM. His works are frequently performed throughout northern New England by ensembles such as the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Casco Bay Wind Symphony, and University of Southern Maine Wind Ensemble. Recently, the Da Capo Chamber Players played his piece Night Visions, and his string quartet,and so to dark, was performed by ETHEL. Burns is 

Click here to listen to The Death of Emmet Til, composed by Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, a composer and horn player, holds a BM in Music Performance and an MM in Composition from USM. He has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony, and the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Symphony and is a member of the Norumbega brass ensemble. 

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WATCH and LISTEN: Laura Kargul and Ronald Lantz Perform on WCSH 207
For the past 5 years or so, pianist Laura Kargul, USM Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies, and violinist Ronald Lantz, of the Portland String Quartet, have performed a special Valentine's Day concert. For their February 2015 concert, The Secret Loves of the Great Romantics, they performed works of Brahms, Dvořák, Mendelssohn and Fauré, among others. In the spirit of the season, they shared their insights into the music and revealed the secret loves that inspired these passionate composers.

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USM Youth EnsemblesWATCH and LISTEN: USM Youth Ensembles Perform a Reny's Version Carmina Burana 
The USM School of Music teamed up with Reny's in the winter of 2014/2015 for several commercial shoots. In this video, the instrumental and choral youth ensembles, conducted by Robert Lehmann, Professor of Music and Director of String Studies and Orchestral Activities, perform in Portland's Merrill Auditorium. 

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USM School of Music Scholarship Gala

WATCH: Slideshow of the USM School of Music 24th Annual Scholarship Gala
More Than a Little Night Music was an elegant evening in support of scholarships for USM School of Music students. Held at the USM Abromson Center on December 5, 2014, guests were treated to gourmet food and wine pairings, dessert, an espresso and capuccino bar, live auction, silent auction, raffle, and music all night long from our acclaimed music students.

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WATCH: WCSH 207 previews CARRIE the Musical at USM School of Music
School of Music alumna Eileen Hanley '14 and Musical Theatre Lecturer Edward Reichert talk with WCSH 207's Rob Caldwell about the Fall 2013 Maine premiere of the musical CARRIE.

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Composers Ensemble

WATCH and LISTEN: Composers Ensemble and Srinivas Krishnan performing
Video clip from the April 19, 2013 Composers Showcase Concert featuring the USM Composers Ensemble with special guest, Srinivas Krishnan, performing A.R. Rahman's "Elay Keechan". Krishnan, a frequent collaborator with Rahman, the great film composer, worked intensively with the group and some guest vocalists to prepare a thrilling set, infusing the Showcase with an exciting global flavor. 

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Somma photo 2011WATCH: Southern Maine Music Academy: Watch a video clip from the high school summer music camp.
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John Coons '10 on YouTubeWATCH: Alumnus John Coons '10: See video of a recent graduate talking about his USM School of Music experience.
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Chamber Singers Spain Tour

Audio Samples:

Audio Sample: USM Chamber Singers singing Locus iste (Anton Bruckner) from the recording Behold the Stars.

Audio Sample: USM Chamber Singers singing Good News! (arr. Ken Berg), soloist, Carolyn Glaude, mezzo-soprano



Piano in Corthell Hall

LISTEN: Student pianist Will Bristol appears on NPR's From the Top on March 24, 2010.
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LISTEN: Grammy Award winner Renee Fleming interviews with USM School of Music students for MPBN radio Feb. 16, 2009. This is not only an amazing interview, but an incredible opportunity for the USM students who participated.
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