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USM School of Music Open House & Musical Homecoming

The University of Southern Maine School of Music wants you to Hear What’s Happening Now at its first-ever Open House and Musical Homecoming April 21 and 22. Everyone is welcome to come see the changes at Corthell Hall on the USM Gorham campus, plus attend masterclasses taught by School of Music alumni, and enjoy a Spotlight Concert when the USM Concert Band, USM Chorale and more than 50 School of Music alumni join together to perform Carmina Burana in Merrill Auditorium, Portland.

Become a Music Master:

Join USM School of Music alumni for two separate music masterclasses on Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. in Corthell Hall, USM Gorham. Trombonist Sam Woodhead will offer a Brass Masterclass, accompanied by Derek Herzer.

And alumni Elisabeth Marshall, soprano, and Jason Plourde, baritone, will offer a Voice Masterclass. Both classes are free, no reservations required.

Composers Showcase:

Hear new music in its first public performance as students from the USM School of Music’s Composers Ensemble share the culmination of their semester’s work in the Composers Showcase on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

in Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham. The free event will also feature a new piece by USM faculty composer Dan Sonenberg.

Corthell Hall Open House:

The USM School of Music has taken over Corthell Hall. New renovations are nearing completion and we’re ready to show off in an Open House Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m. in Corthell Hall, USM Gorham. The building will be open to all - students, faculty, alumni, neighbors, friends, and anybody who loves music. Tour the building, learn what concerts the School of Music will offer next season, and enjoy student music in open workshops. Free.

Carmina Burana:

You’ve heard the music in film scores and TV ads, now experience the impact of a live performance when the University of Southern Maine’s Concert Band and Chorale take the Merrill Auditorium stage in Portland for an epic performance of Carmina Burana on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.

As part of the School of Music’s Spotlight Concert Series. Generations of USM alumni will join in the colossal performance, creating the first musical homecoming of its kind, conducted by USM School of Music faculty members Peter Martin with Robert Russell. $15 recommended donation at the door. Proceeds go toward music scholarships. There will be a reception directly following the performance. Sponsored by HeadInvest; Murray, Plumb & Murray; Macdonald Page & Co LLC; and Down East, the Magazine of Maine.

The Music Business:

USM alumni MIke McGinnis will offer a free masterclass on Music Business "Street Smarts" and Jazz Combo coaching on Monday, April 23, at 12 noon in Corthell Hall, USM Gorham.



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