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Doodle Chaos

December 8, 2018

Line Rider – Mountain King


Maine Excellence in Arts Education Celebration

December 7, 2018

Maine Arts Commission to honor Excellence in Arts Education

The Maine Arts Commission will honor nine schools – nine visual art educators – 36 students for their artwork – 158 students for their music – two music educators at the Maine State House with a special reception with First Lady Ann LePage in the Hall of Flags, December 11, 2:00 p.m.

Marshwood Middle School is recognizing their students in the arts with this sign outside their school!

Starting December 1, 2018 through April 2019, the Arts Commission is featuring an art exhibit of 45 pieces that will include for the first time ever, student work combined with their respective art teacher’s work. The student art exhibit is being showcased throughout the State House Capitol building, the Burton M. Cross building, and the offices of the Maine Arts Commission. Additionally, each student artist and their families are invited to the Hall of Flags for a special reception on December 11, starting at 2 p.m. The reception includes student performances and a certificate ceremony with First Lady Ann LePage.

Acrylic painting by grade 8 student Lydia Phipps, Marshwood Middle School

“The Maine Arts Commission believes it is essential for every student to have access to a quality and comprehensive visual and performing arts education,” said Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “The arts let’s students develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever changing diverse and global economies of today’s world. “

The following schools, teachers and 4 students from each school will be honored and featured in the student exhibit:

  • Gorham Middle School, Teacher: Amy Cousins
  • Hancock Grammar School, Teacher: Jane Snider
  • Jonesport Elementary and Jonesport Beals High School, Teacher: Lisa Marin
  • Marshwood Middle School, Eliot, Teacher: Melanie Crowe
  • Maranacook Middle School, Readfield, Teacher: Hope Lord
  • Oxford Hills High School, South Paris, Teacher: Cindi Kugell
  • Brewer High School, Teacher: Lori Spruce
  • Richmond Middle School and High School, Teacher: Jeff Orth
  • Waterville High School, Teacher: Suzanne Goulet

“Great Third Hill” created by Marshwood Middle School art teacher Melanie Crowe

Two choruses will be recognized and performing at the celebration. Seventy five students will be traveling from Sedomocha School in Dover-Foxcroft with their music teacher Kaitlin Young. Traveling from Marshwood Middle School in Eliot will be seventy five students with their music teacher Kris Bisson. Their programs will highlight their amazing students and a collaborative project that Kris’ students participated with teaching artist Brian Evans-Jones.

All of the teachers involved are teacher leaders in the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

The reception is open to the public on Tuesday, December 11, 2:00 p.m.

For more information about the Maine Excellence in Arts Education please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at 207-287-2713,

For more information about the Maine Arts Commission’s programs and services, please visit; follow the agency on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or contact the offices at 207-287-2724.



Dancing Again

December 5, 2018

Korean grandmothers dancing and loving it

“Dance makes you happy, when you’re happy you smile. When you’ve got smile we can help each other.”


George Stevens Academy

December 2, 2018

Holiday Concerts

The Annual Holiday Concert – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5,  6:45 p.m. featuring the George Stevens Academy (GSA) Band, Jazz Band, four Jazz Combos, the Steel Band Class & Planet Pan Steel Band. Welcome music will be performed by the Holiday Angels at 6:30pm. If you would to like reserve seating, please call 374-2800.

The GSA Band, Jazz Band, four Jazz Combos, the Steel Band Class & Planet Pan Steel Band will also present a morning Holiday Concert at 9:15AM on Wednesday, December 5 for the area elementary school students & you’re welcome to attend as well.

2019 GSA Band


Doodle Chaos

December 1, 2018

Line Riders – Beethoven’s 5th


Portland Community Chorus

November 25, 2018

Rob Westerberg, conductor


Bangor Symphony Orchestra

November 24, 2018

Opportunities for young people


The 2019 Bangor Symphony Orchestra invites students in grades 3 – 8 to attending the Young People’s Concert at the Collins Center for the Arts: Monday, May 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Lucas Richman, Music Director and Conductor for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, has made it his mission to instill in young children the awareness of music as an integral part of their lives. This year’s concert theme is “Orchestral Stories”. Each selection will display how composers use the orchestra to tell a story through the unique arrangements of musical notes, gestures and instrumentation. Orders are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathrustra
  • Lucas Richman – Playground Escapades
  • TBD – Winner of the Maine High School Concerto Competition
  • Paul Schoop – The Wishing Tree
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Allegro con brio from Symphony no. 5
  • Leonard Bernstein – Mambo from West Side Story

The hour-long education and music program is supplemented with an instructional packet for students and teachers providing information about the orchestra and the selections that will be featured. Concerts are open to public, private, and homeschooled children.

Tickets are $3 each for students and teachers. We will fulfill orders on a first come, first serve basis.Reservations should be requested by Friday, March 30, 2019, and can be made by phone, fax, or mail.

Box Office
5746 Collins Center for the Arts
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5746
Phone: 207.581.1755 Toll free: 800.622.8499 Fax: 207.581.4690


Have a BSO musician come to your classroom! You are invited to be part of a pilot program that would bring a BSO musician to your classroom prior to the Young People’s Concert to give a personal introduction to the symphony and a brief overview of the concert you will be attending. There is no cost for YPC attendees for this program. Availability of musicians for a potential visit may be limited and will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please email


Please spread the word to eligible students that the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra is holding Winter Admission Auditions on January 10th. Please click here for more information or to apply. Winds, brass, strings and percussion all needed.


Deadline for applications for the Maine High School Concerto Competition is coming up on January 18th. Click here for more information or to apply.

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