School of Performing Arts

UMaine Grad Remembered for Inspiration, Media Report

The Kennebec Journal, WABI (Channel 5) and Portland Press Herald published articles on the passing of Ashley Drew, a University of Maine graduate and musician who inspired many including the UMaine football team. Drew underwent a double lung transplant last year and battled with cystic fibrosis her whole life. She earned a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Burt, White Remember UMaine Grad in BDN Article

Jack Burt, trumpet professor and leader of the University of Maine Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble; and Christopher White, director of the UMaine Symphonic Band, Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band and Screamin’ Black Bear Pep Band, remembered former student Ashley Drew in a Bangor Daily News article. Drew, who underwent a […]

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UMaine Graduate in Emmy-Nominated Show, Press Herald Reports

The Portland Press Herald reported that University of Maine graduate Tim Simons of Readfield, Maine is now part of an Emmy-nominated cast. Simons plays White House liaison Jonah Ryan on the HBO show “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The show was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

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WVII Covers Silver Duo Performance

WVII (Channel 7) reported on a concert at the Bangor Public Library by University of Maine artists and faculty members Noreen and Phillip Silver, also known as the Silver Duo. The concert was part of the library’s Summer Music Series.

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Public Invited to Maine Summer Youth Music Camp Concerts

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ annual Maine Summer Youth Music (MSYM) camp opened the first of two sessions on July 15 with more than 200 junior campers from around Maine, the U.S. and the world. This session will mark the 33rd annual junior camp, directed by UMaine faculty member Chris White. White, […]

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Artesani, Former University Singers Perform, Lakes Region Weekly Reports

Lakes Region Weekly reported pianist Laura Artesani, associate professor in the School of Performing Arts at UMaine, would accompany singers Emily Cain, Kelly Caufield and Matthew Small for a concert in the Music with a Mission series hosted by North Windham Union Church. The singers were all members of the University Singers almost 15 years […]

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Ogle, Hwalek Concerts Celebrate New CD

This summer, UMaine faculty members Nancy Ellen Ogle and Ginger Yang Hwalek will present the first in a series of concerts titled “Dear Darwin,” celebrating their forthcoming CD of this new song cycle on Parma Recordings. Based on a book of poems by Kathleen Lignell Ellis, the 26 songs comprise an “abc-darium,” engaging Darwin’s ideas […]

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Barrett Releases New Book

Dan Barrett, professor at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts, recently released a book titled “Solo Training for Trombone.” The 66-page book includes exercises for musicians high school age and up. More information about the book and how to purchase it are available online.

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Farnham Inducted into Maine Music Educators Association Hall of Fame

University of Maine Professor of Music Emeritus Curvin “Chip” Farnham was recently inducted into the Maine Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and honored at the association’s conference. Laura Artesani, associate professor in the Division of Music in the School of Performing Arts at UMaine, nominated Farnham for induction. Farnham was UMaine’s director of bands […]

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Wiemann Talks to Press Herald About Portland Chamber Music Festival

Beth Wiemann, chairwoman of the Music Division in the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald about the upcoming Portland Chamber Music Festival. The festival will include the world premiere of Wiemann’s new piece for string quartet, “Minor Blasts, Some Flurries,” at 8 p.m. May 23 at the […]

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