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Female faculty and a Broadway guest take the lead this November at USM

Malinda Haslett

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Music in November is presenting concerts featuring the work of its female faculty, welcoming two new leading ladies in band and voice, and also hosting a guest educator from Broadway.

New director of bands, Jackie Townsend presents her first concert with the University Concert Band on November 4. Broadway artist, Amy Justman, offers a musical theatre master class November 5, and soprano Malinda Haslett, new artistic director of voice degree programs, continues the Faculty Concert Series with a femme-fatale inspired solo recital on November 9. Lastly, Taylor O'Donnell, faculty in jazz voice, directs the USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble on November 13. 

USM Jackie TownsendSunday, November 4
University Concert Band, Jackie Townsend, Conductor
McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham, 2:00 p.m.
$8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

The fall concert of the University Concert Band will be conducted by USM’s new director of bands, Jackie Townsend. The performance will include a wide variety of works spanning multiple time periods - with pieces written as early as 1889 to as recently as 2013.

Titled 'Atmospheres,' the concert will feature music of an atmospheric nature, designed to transport listeners to the many perspectives of the composers who wrote them. Please join us for this eclectic and exciting musical journey!

Amy JustmanMonday, November 5
Musical Theatre Master Class with Broadway Artist, Amy Justman
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents a free musical theatre master class with Broadway artist, Amy Justman. Her career as a crossover soprano has spanned musical theater, classical music, jazz and beyond. She made her Broadway debut in the revival of Company, performing the role of Susan as well as playing piano as part of the actor‐orchestra. This past season, she joined her 6th Broadway company, covering and performing for both Renée Fleming and Jessie Mueller in the revival of Carousel. Recently, Amy stood by for and performed 3 principal roles in the Broadway a cappella musical, In Transit, coming directly from the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera, where she performed the role of Carlotta.

Malinda Haslett, USM Friday, November 9
Faculty Concert Series: Women in Song, The XX Factor
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.
$15 adult, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students

Soprano Malinda Haslett (Berlin Konzerthaus, L’opéra on Plein Air, Atlanta Opera) with Conductor Timothy Long on piano (Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard School, NY City Opera) come together to present "Women in Song, The XX Factor." This femme fatale inspired recital will feature music composed by trailblazing women including: selections by Fanny Mendelssohn that were originally attributed to her brother Felix; Charles Griffes’ “Three Poems by Fiona MacLeod;” a world premiere of Claude Arrieu's "5 Poems of Louise de Vilmorin;" and Libby Larsen's "Try Me, Good King" (texts based on the last words of the wives of Henry VIII).

Taylor O'Donnell, USM Tuesday, November 13
Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Taylor O'Donnell, Director
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 7:30 p.m
$8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

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

Purchase tickets online at, or by calling 207-780-5555.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.