University of Southern Maine Concert Band & Chorale


University of Southern Maine Concert Band & Chorale




The University Chorale, an ensemble of music majors and other University students, performs a wide variety of music from all historical periods. The Chorale offers singers instruction that will enable them to sing a broad spectrum of choral music expressively and with musical understanding. In recent years the Chorale has sung with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and with the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Students have further singing opportunities in Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop, and in vocal ensembles that include madrigal singers, jazz choir, early music ensembles, and barbershop quartets. Members of the Chamber Singers principally sing a capella repertoire from the Renaissance and Twentieth Century and masterworks from the Classic Era. Singers in the Opera Workshop perform opera and musical comedy both in scene and in fully staged productions jointly produced with the University Theatre Department.

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Robert Russell, Conductor

Janet Reeves, Piano

1. My spirit sang all day / Gerald Finzi

2. No Mark / Cecil Effinger

3. Wedding Cantata (I, III) / Daniel Pinkham

4. Kyrie (from African Mass) / Norman Luboff

5. Magnificant (I, V, VI) / Francesco Durante

6. Soldier won't you marry me? / Paul Halley

7. Song for the Mira / Allister MacGillivray, arr. Stuart Calvert

8. Shenandoah / American Folksong, arr. James Erb

9. Domaredansen / Swedish Folksong, arr. Bengt Hallberg


Peter Martin, Conductor

10. Medieval Suite / Ron Nelson -- Homage to Leonin & Homage to Perotin

11. Folk Dances / Dmitri Shostakovich, ed. Robert Reynolds

12. "La Reine de la Mer" Valses / John Philip Sousa, ed. Peter Martin

13. Folk Song Suite / Ralph Vaughan Williams -- March "Seventeen come Sunday," Intermezzo "My Bonny Boy," March "Folk Songs from Somerset"


Director of Band Organizations

Peter Martin is professor of music and director of band organizations at the University of Southern Maine. A native from Bensenville, Illinois, he holds a Ph.D. degree in music education from Northwestern University where he was awarded a doctoral conducting assistantship with John Paynter and additionally studied with Bennett Reimer and Alan Stout.

As a guest conductor and clinician Mr. Martin has appeared in over 20 states and Canada, and has guest conducted college, military, and community bands throughout England. He is actively involved in the community band movement and is the founder and past conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band. Mr. Martin is a published author in the United States and England, has edited and arranged compositions for the wind band medium, and appears in Who's Who in American Music and the International Who's Who in Music. Mr. Martin is on the board of directors of the Association of Concert Bands and is a member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Music Educators National Conference.


University Concert Band-- The University of Southern Maine Concert Band has won the praise of composers and conductors throughout the United States. Drawing from both music majors and non-majors, its objectives are to perform literature of the highest aesthetic value with emphasis on major original works for the band medium.

University Wind Ensemble-- The University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion performers at the University of Southern Maine. The ensemble primarily performs European wind music, but is also active in the performance of twentieth-century American and British compositions. The Wind Ensemble appears on concert and school residency programs throughout New England.

University Jazz Ensemble-- The University of Southern Maine Jazz Ensemble is a big band which performs works from all style periods of jazz, including such artists as Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Herbie Hancock. Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is open to all students by audition.


Director of Choral Music

Robert Russell is associate professor of music and director of choral music at the University of Southern Maine. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, he was educated at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina and earned the DMA degree in choral literature and performance from the University of Colorado. He studied conducting with Lara Hoggard and Lynn Whitten and voice with Wilton Mason and Barbara Doscher. He also worked with Helmuth Rilling and Elmer Iseler.

Actively involved in Portland's musical life, Mr. Russell has conducted the Choral Art Society in performances of choral-orchestral masterworks and has prepared choruses for performance with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The University Chamber Singers and Choral Art Society have sung for divisional conventions of the American Guild of Organists.

Complementing his campus and community activities, Mr. Russell has served as a guest conductor and workshop clinician throughout the region and in Leicester, England. He has conducted All-State choruses in New England, and he participated in the 1988 German-American Choral Directors Exchange.

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University of Southern Maine Concert Band & Chorale