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

Jazz (and more) Week

December 3rd-6th
Jewett Hall Auditorium

The University of Maine at Augusta presents UMA Jazz (and more) Week, Wednesday, Dec. 3 thru Saturday, December 6 at Jewett Hall Auditorium. The concerts will be held at 7pm Wednesday - Friday and at 3:00pm on Saturday.

Admission to all UMA Jazz (and more) Week concerts is free. No tickets or reservations are required. All concerts are held in Jewett Hall Auditorium. For further information please call (207) 621-3286.

The concert schedule includes the following ensemble performances:

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:00 pm:       
Student-directed groups:
Video Game Ensemble - directed by Dan C. Gilbert & Jared Wilkinson
Sassquatch (Jazz/R&B fusion with vocals) - directed by Jared Wilkinson & Christine McCormick

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:00 pm:
Vocal Collective - directed by Timothy Johnson
Jazz and Rock Ensemble - directed by Gary Clancy

Friday, Dec. 5, 7:00 pm:
The Diles Mavis Quintet, Plus One (Jazz Ensemble) - directed by Pamela Jenkins
Progressive Rock Ensemble - directed by Scott Hughes

Saturday, Dec. 6 , 3:00 pm:
Jazz on Tour - directed by Steve Grover
Presencia: The UMA Latino Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andres Espinoza


2015 BFV COLLEGESUMA receives more national recognition for its outstanding veteran support services.

Military Times recently announced its 2015 Best for Vets college rankings, naming the University of Maine at Augusta in a list of 140 schools that provide the very best services for veterans and military personnel in the nation.

The rankings come from a detailed survey that requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings, go to:

The rankings are also published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times, Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at, as well as,, and

UMA has been named on Military Times Best for Vets Colleges lists since 2013. UMA has also received recognition on the 2011- 2015 Military Friendly 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:

ArtOnCenterArt on Center 

Danforth Gallery 
November 17th - January 7th

The "Art on Center" exhibition will showcase the creative work of UMA's art faculty from November 17th to January 7th at the Charles Danforth Gallery at UMA. An opening reception celebrating the artists, their work and UMA's 50th anniversary will be held December 4th at 4:30pm.

"Art on Center" is a retrospective exhibition of UMA’s art faculty, looking back at the first 50 years of the art department. The B.A. in Studio Art began as an Associate of Art degree. Dean Charles Danforth was a strong advocate of both art and music education at the University of Maine at Augusta and initiated art’s leading presence in the state’s capital.  Professors Paratore, Nadel  & Katz were the first artists to envision the studio art degree. Professor Adrienne was instrumental in evolving the degree into the current baccalaureate status.

“Like any great artwork, what is there and what is left out contributes to its strength. The art department is similar; the people who are here now and those who were here in the past have contributed to this dynamic department.” – Professor Karen Adrienne

“Art on Center” features the breadth, depth of current art professors as well as retired art professors. The exhibit includes photography, painting, mixed media, works on paper, printmaking, and ceramic pieces. Exhibiting artists are Karen Adrienne, Jere DeWaters, Robert Katz, Joshua Nadel, Philip Paratore, Peter Precourt, Robert Rainey and Brooks Stoddard.

This celebratory event for the university is a community outreach and the community is cordially invited to join the University of Maine at Augusta in this 50th Anniversary celebration.

courseguideRegistration for Spring courses opens on Monday, November 3rd for degree candidates and on Thursday, November 6th for everyone else.

Spring 2015 Online Course Guide

Printable PDF of 2015 Course Guide

Prepare for registration now by picking a preferred schedule using the MaineStreet Wish List function.  Be sure to do so early so that you can seek advisor permission if necessary. If you have applied for financial aid, make sure you have accepted your award in MaineStreet. Check out program specific wish list events on the UMA Events Calendar.

Connect with Enrollment Services for advising assistance at Augusta (207) 621-3149, Bangor (207) 262-7808, or contact your local site or center.

For those interested in applying to UMA or taking classes here for the first time, there is still plenty of time!  Apply online or contact us at 877.UMA.1234.