USM School of Music offers piano and jazz saxophone masterclasses

 The University of Southern Maine School of Music is hosting two visiting artists for masterclasses April 26 and 27:
Imogen Cooper Masterclass
Internationally acclaimed virtuoso Imogen Cooper will offer a piano masterclass Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m.-12 noon, in Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham. Cooper is known for her interpretations of classical repertoires, as well as her support for new music. $6. Free for USM music students, faculty and staff, and USM Youth Ensembles members. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Presented in collaboration with Portland Ovations.
Denis DiBlasio Masterclass

UMaine, Westbrook Bands to Perform at Merrill

The University of Maine Symphonic Band will share Portland’s Merrill Auditorium stage with the Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble for an April 11 concert to kick off UMaine’s Leadership Week.

The free public concert at 7 p.m. will feature the 38-member Symphonic Band performing works by Philip Sparke, Peter Mennin, E.E. Bagley, Mark Camphouse, Samuel Ward and Richard Saucedo. The band also will premiere "Do Not Go Quietly Into That Dark Night," composed by UMaine music education major Joshua Jandreau of South China, Maine. A performance of a concertino by Carl Maria von Weber will feature a clarinet solo by Ben Cox of Topsham, Maine, who is a double major in music performance and music education at UMaine.

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.

“Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

 “Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

T3” is pleased to announce this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from 11 high schools across the State including four brand new teen Outing Club programs. Grant awards were made to:  Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy. 

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun safe outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” said Carol Leone, Teens To Trails Founder.

Saxophone Celebration

The Maine Saxophone Project, with University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Bill Street, will perform on Sunday, March 18 at 5 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall, College Avenue, USM Gorham. Enjoy an evening of seven saxophones playing with piano, bass and drums in a tribute to composer/arranger Clare Fischer. The event is free. For more information on the USM School of Music’s spring season, visit or call the Music Box Office at 780-5555.  


81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website