School of Performing Arts

Silver Duo to offer free performance at UMaine Oct. 24

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents Silver Duo, featuring Division of Music faculty members pianist Phillip Silver and cellist Noreen Silver  performing works of French and Russian composers 7 p.m. Oct. 24. in Minsky Recital Hall.  Admission is free, but space is limited; social distancing and face coverings will be required.  For […]

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Maylinda Boynton

Maylinda Boynton: UMaine is ‘home’

University of Maine graduate student and alumna Maylinda Boynton of Belfast, Maine learned a lot about performing arts at UMaine. Before she graduated in 2019 with two degrees — in music education and political science — she performed with four different band groups, sang with University Singers and Mainely Voices, and acted in Maine Masque […]

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WABI interviews Artesani about UMaine music, band programs innovations

A WABI (Channel 5) story described methods of keeping University of Maine music students and band members safe during live practice sessions, including face coverings for singers and trash bags covering wind instruments. Laura Artesani, music division chair, said she has heard no complaints from the students. “They are happy to be back here. They […]

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UMaine landscape

UMaine names President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy has appointed a 30-member Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to advise campus leadership and report on institutional efforts and actions to ensure inclusive excellence. The President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is co-chaired by Kimberly Whitehead, chief of staff to the President, and Susan McKay, founding director […]

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Maine Summer Youth Music now online

The Division of Music in the University of Maine School of Performing Arts has launched Maine Summer Youth Music (MSYM) Online, featuring a small library of instructional videos for music students in grades 5 to 12.  The site offers a virtual alternative to the Maine Summer Youth Music Camp, normally held on campus each year […]

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Philip Edelman

Edelman named co-recipient of Music Educator of the Year award

Philip Edelman, University of Maine assistant professor of music education in the Division of Music in the School of Performing Arts, has been named co-recipient of the Music Educator of the Year award at a virtual ceremony hosted last week by the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA).  The other co-recipient of the Music Educator of […]

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Brandon Emerson

Brandon Emerson: Music student performs national anthem virtually

Brandon Emerson has always liked the sound of the trumpet. He’s played it since fifth grade, and at the University of Maine he double majored in music education and music performance with a concentration in trumpet. For UMaine’s 2020 Commencement ceremonies in May, Laura Artesani, chair of the Division of Music at UMaine, tapped Emerson […]

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Burt performing ‘An Étude a Day’ online

A University of Maine music professor is keeping sharp at home with daily trumpet exercises that he has been sharing each day on YouTube.  Since April 5, Jack Burt, professor of trumpet and music history in the School of Performing Arts, has been recording one video a day from home to help him stay focused. […]

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School of Performing Arts hosting virtual Quarantine Cabaret April 17

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Maine Masque present a virtual “Quarantine Cabaret” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17. Join SPA students and faculty for an evening of songs, monologues, comedy, juggling — and whatever else they can manage from the comfort of home. The event will be live online via […]

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