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USM School of Music presents annual Spring Youth Ensembles Instrumental Concert on April 13 at Merrill Auditorium

USM Youth Ensembles at Merrill Auditorium

On Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m., the USM Youth Ensembles, Portland's outstanding regional youth music performance program, will perform their annual Spring instrumental concert at Merrill Auditorium.  

Presented by the USM School of Music, the concert will include: the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann, USM director of string studies and orchestral activities; the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Trae Blanco, USM director of bands; the Portland Young People's String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski, Portland Symphony Orchestra cellist; and the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva, USM violin artist faculty member.

“The USM Youth Ensembles concerts are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a vibrant musical community made up of talented young musicians, an engaged university and thriving music programs in area schools,” said Alan Kaschub, director of the USM School of Music. “The energy of these performances comes from a dedicated group of students and fantastic conductors who love working with young musicians. Add into that an audience of parents, teachers and other supporters of youth music and something magical really happens!”

The instrumental USM Youth Ensembles include students ranging from grade school to high school. Auditions for the instrumental ensembles are held each each spring at the USM School of Music.

The vocal USM Youth Ensembles will present their spring concert on May 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall. The Southern Maine Youth Chorale, comprised of singers in grades 7-12, is conducted by Rebecca DeWan. The Southern Maine Children's Choir, comprised of singers in grades four and up, is conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman.

For information about USM Youth Ensembles and auditions, please visit:

The USM Youth Ensembles instrumental and choral concerts are sponsored by Macy's.

Suggested donation is $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. 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.

To learn more about the USM School of Music's academic programs and 2017 season of performances, please visit: