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USM School of Music Director Scott Harris Resigns

Dr. Scott Harris, long-term director of the University of Southern Maine School of Music, has resigned to assume the directorship of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia on July 1.

“It has been the honor of my life to work along side and on behalf of the wonderful teachers at the USM School of Music,” said Harris. “I have seen and heard amazing things happen here over and over again … ”

President Theo Kalikow, announced today, April 19, that USM will launch a nation-wide search for a new School of Music director. Kalikow said of Harris, “He has been an extraordinary advocate for the School and its students over the years.” Harris came to USM in 1992.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Stevenson announced this morning that USM Lecturer of Music Alan Kaschub, upon the recommendation of his colleagues, has agreed to serve as interim director of the School of Music.

Kaschub, who has been teaching at USM since 2002, is a 1991 graduate of USM, holding a bachelor of music degree. He received a master of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1994. Previously, Kaschub taught at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., Wayneflete School and Bowdoin College. Kaschub is a trumpet player who is an ensemble member of the Maine Chamber Orchestra and the Norumbega Ensemble and also plays for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, PORT Opera Orchestra, and the Portland Brass Quintet.