Don Roy Ensemble PR v2Don Roy Ensemble Will Perform at UMA 

Jewett Auditorium 
Sunday, January 11, 2015  

The “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will feature the Don Roy Ensemble on Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2PM at UMA Jewett Auditorium.  (Snow date: January 25th).  The Ensemble includes Don and Cindy Roy, with Jay Young and Larry Burkett.

Don Roy is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling.  Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, Don’s musical passion lies with the French Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music.

Cindy Roy is well known for her step dancing piano accompaniment.  Her rhythmic feet add life and enthusiasm to the music.  Jay Young plays upright bass and has been accompanying the Roys for over 25 years. Larry Burkett, guitarist, is highly sought by fiddlers and groups as an accompanist.

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free.  Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and at the door.  Call 621-3551, or email for more information or for mail order tickets.

The next concert is Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2PM – Maine-ly Harmony,  A Ladies a Cappella Chorus, with the Back Bay Four, Barbershop Quartet  (Snow date: Feb. 22)

Media contact:
Irene Forster

Military Advanced Education LogoUMA has been selected as top school in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide.

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the University of Maine at Augusta the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities.

The guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, was released in the December issue of MAE magazine, and is available online at

MAE’s Guide to Colleges & Universities presents the results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions.  It serves as tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities.

UMA has also been recognized for its excellence in military services in the Military Friendly lists from 2011-2015, by Military Times in the 2013 and 2014 Best for Vets Colleges lists, and by U.S. News and World Reports in the 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

For more information about UMA’s services for veterans and military personnel, visit:

giftofknowledgegiveawayGift of Knowledge Giveaway

There are still 2 more chances to win! 

Register for Spring 2015  to eligible for both drawings.

Register for your Spring 2015 Courses and we’ll enter you into our drawings for UMA Bookstore gift cards.

Winners will be selected randomly from all students registered for Spring 2015 at the time of each drawing.  There will be 3 weekly drawings in December (Fridays at 4 PM) for a $100 UMA Bookstore gift card and then a grand prize drawing for a $500 gift card at 4:00 PM on December 23rd, the day after finals end.

Register now to be eligible for all 4 drawings!

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Christmas Concert:  Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, Organist

South Parish Congregational Church, Augusta
Saturday,  December 20, 2014, 2PM

Downeast BrassThe “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will present “A Christmas Concert”: Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, Organist” on Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2PM at the South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta.

Jay ZollerFor years South Parish Congregational Church and its fine organist, Jay Zoller, have shared their magnificent organ with the public in a special holiday concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet.  For the past couple of years, Concerts at Jewett has been happy to join them in co-sponsoring this event. 

Mr. Zoller plays the historic 1866 E. & G. G. Hook Organ for services and concerts.  He comes to South Parish with long experience in church music and recital playing.

Hook OrganThe Downeast Brass has performed in many New England settings.  Audiences have enjoyed these fine Maine performers on the concert stage, at weddings, festivals, and on parade.  Their wide range of musical styles makes them the preferred musical choice for many occasions.

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free.  Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and at the door.  Call 622-3551, or email for more information or mail order tickets.  Website:

Next concert:  Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2PM - The Don Roy Ensemble (Snow date: Jan. 25)

Media contact:
Irene Forster

RichardNelsonUMA Music Professor, Richard Nelson Awarded MacDowell Residency

Richard Nelson, Professor of Music at the University of Maine at Augusta has been awarded a prestigious MacDowell residency for three weeks during the upcoming spring semester.

Located in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony provides talented composers (and artists in other disciplines) with an inspiring and supportive environment in which they can produce and complete their creative musical work.

During his residency Nelson plans to complete a three-movement musical composition (Cohere, Float, and Dissolve) for a thirteen-player ensemble comprising woodwinds, brass, guitar, keyboards, bass, and percussion that integrates jazz, contemporary classical music, and elements of rock.

The work is intended for performance at concert venues and clubs in New York City and elsewhere by an ensemble co-led by Nelson, the group’s guitarist, and composer/saxophonist Tim O’Dell.  The performances will be followed by a CD release.

Nelson is a composer and professional guitarist who has been recognized for his skillful and original integrations of contemporary classical and jazz composition and performance practices. His works have been performed by ensembles such as ALEA III, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae, at venues including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Miller Theater, the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and numerous other U.S. festivals and universities.

He has received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Charles Ives Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and the University of Maine at Augusta (Trustee Professor award). A professional jazz guitarist as well, he combines performance and composition in works for the Boston-based Aardvark group, his own Imaginary Ensemble, and other groups. called him “an ambitious and daring composer," praising his most recent CD Pursuit as "a distinctive synthesis of modern jazz, and contemporary orchestral music."

Nelson studied composition at Indiana University (Masters degree) with Donald Erb and at Columbia University (Doctor of Musical Arts) with Mario Davidovsky.  At UMA, he is head of the Music Program's Sonic Arts and Composition Concentration