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School of Music represents at new Maine governor Janet Mills' inaugural celebration

Chamber Singers at Gov Mills inaugural ball

Maine's new governor Janet Mills, the first woman governor in the state's almost 200-year history, celebrated her inauguration with several thousand members of the public at the Augusta Civic Center on January 4. The event featured performances from artists throughout the state, including students, faculty and alumni from the University of Southern Maine School of Music.  

Among the performers were members of the USM Chamber Singers, led by Director of Choral Studies Nicolás Dosman. The group sang several numbers a cappella, including America the Beautiful. 


The Bob Charest Band featuring alumna Cindy Charest ’77, played a selection of pop favorites that got the crowd dancing. Also playing trumpet with the Band’s horn section was Max Richardson, a current School of Music senior.

And SOM faculty member Annie Antonacos performed with the Portland Piano Trio and their students from the “240 Strings” project. 

"The University’s School of Music was thrilled to have the opportunity to perform at this event celebrating our state’s new governor, and I was proud to see our students, faculty and alumni represent the School so well," said Alan Kaschub, SOM director, who attended the event (shown here with USM music students Vanessa Twombly, Willie Neubauer and Megan Mayfield). 



Photos and video courtesy of Katie Kaschub