School of Performing Arts

Jessica Cunney

Social media spotlight: Jessica Cunney

Hometown: Brewer, Maine She studies music education and performance. I love music, I always have. I think being in bands helped me to be able to talk with people after I was homeschooled. I want to pass that passion and encouragement to others and watch them grow as people. I like to go out with […]

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University Singers to begin 2018 spring tour

The University Singers, a 60-voice choral ensemble under the direction of Francis John Vogt at the University of Maine, will embark on its annual spring tour March 13–15. The group will travel throughout Maine and Vermont, performing each day at high school assemblies, as well as offering choral workshops with high school singers. Evening concerts […]

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BDN reviews SPA production of ‘Stupid F##king Bird’

The Bangor Daily News published a review of the University of Maine School of Performing Arts production of “Stupid F##king Bird,” Aaron Posner’s “sort of” adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” “The cast and crew of this production have spread their wings and soared in ways and in different directions than they most likely have […]

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Gwendelyn Hill

Gwendelyn Hill: Music education major hoping to inspire youth

Gwendelyn Hill of Saco, Maine, knew she wanted to join University Singers, the advanced concert choir of the University of Maine, before she even graduated high school. “I had seen them perform multiple times at my high school and in my hometown while they were on their annual spring tour, and I was blown away […]

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Phillip and Noreen Silver to perform in Amsterdam

University of Maine music professors Phillip and Noreen Silver will perform the works of James Simon (1880–1944) in a Uilenburg Concert, sponsored by the Leo Smit Foundation, March 12 in Theatre Splendor, Amsterdam. More information about the program is online. Simon, a Berlin-born composer and pianist who fled to the Netherlands in 1933 and was […]

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VillageSoup advances SPA production

VillageSoup reported a cast of seven University of Maine students, including sophomore Curran Grant of South Thomaston, will bring the School of Performing Arts’ production of “Stupid F##king Bird,” Aaron Posner’s “sort of” adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” to the stage beginning Friday, Feb. 23. The adaption follows the same general story as “The Seagull,” […]

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SPA to present Opera Workshop on Dec. 2

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will present the fall Opera Workshop showcase at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in Minsky Recital Hall. The performance will include a sample of scenes from famous operas that highlight the vocal talents of the students involved, including works by Wolfgang Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Benjamin […]

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VillageSoup advances SPA production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

VillageSoup reported on the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Director Marcia Douglas and a cast of 25 students will take to the Hauck Auditorium stage, beginning Friday, Nov. 10, according to the article. The UMaine production of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy will run for seven performances. […]

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Kaitlin Young

Kaitlin Young: Music education alumna named 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year

Kaitlin Young isn’t letting accolades go to her head. “I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be named the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year,” says Young, a 2010 UMaine graduate in music education. “I am grateful for the opportunity to further the discussion about the importance of education for all students, as well as […]

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‘Defiant Requiem’ film screening and concert by the Silver Duo, Oct. 29

UMaine will host a screening of the award-winning holocaust documentary “Defiant Requiem,” followed by a concert by the Silver Duo featuring music composed by concentration camp prisoners. The screening and concert will take place at 1 p.m., Oct. 29 in Minsky Recital Hall, and is free and open to the public. “Defiant Requiem” tells the […]

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