2020 All State Orchestra Conductor
Robert Lehmann, USM School of Music


Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings Studies and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire. He holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of the Pacific, the Eastman School and Boston University and has been a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Festival and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College. Dr. Lehmann has concertized as violinist and conductor, in his native Mexico, throughout the US, Puerto Rico and in Europe and Ukraine. He has been of frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony, Portland Ballet, and has conducted All-State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. He has also been an adjudicator the National Orchestra Festival at the ASTA National Convention.

Prior to his appointment at USM, he was Music Director of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, and on the conducting staff of the Greater Boston and the Empire State Youth Orchestras. He is first violinist of the Meliora Quartet and concertmaster of the Opera Maine and the Choral Art Society. He is in demand as a performer, conductor, teacher and adjudicator and is listed in Who’s Who in American Music. His CD, “Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce” was issued by Centaur Records in 2009. He has given numerous word premieres including Elliot Schwartz’s’ “Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson” and Portland Ballet’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. His 2012 performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, was named the top performance event of the Portland concert season by the Portland Press Herald. He has been a frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony, is the conductor for Portland Ballet’s “Victorian Nutcracker”, and recently made his guest conducting debut with the Greensboro Symphony and conducted two performances of Stravisnky’s seminal ‘Histoire du Soldat’ with Venti Cordi. A recently completed sabbatical resulted in three performances as soloist of the Brahms Violin concerto as well as numerous performances and orchestral workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Mainz, Köln-Portz, Ramstein, Leipzig-Polenz, Germany, and Paris, France. Last summer, included return engagements in Hungary, Austria and Germany, as well as performances at the Assisi Music Festival in Italy. Dr. Lehmann primarily plays a 2014 Benjamin Ruth (Swampscott, MA) violin and resides in Scarborough, Maine with his wife Kim, a violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and their two sons, Eric and Alex.

2020 Orchestra Manager

John Lawson


2020 Program Selections
Nabucco Overture- Verdi

Virtual Orchestra Instructions

Important Info To Know 
Video Attire: Nice, school appropriate clothing, no text or logos.  No hats or hoods.
Video Background: A neutral/blank background, please avoid anything that might distract from your performance.
Recording Deadline: Friday June 5th
Now please review the full recording instructions: 
Are you ready to record and submit? 
FIRST Remember to:
– find a quiet, well lit space- make sure your we can see your face clearly
– orient your camera “portrait”-wise (up and down), so we can see more of you
– plug in headphones so only you can hear the guide track
– play the guide track while you play and record
– play 2-3′ from your camera
– don’t forget to smile =)
Here is the guide video:
Nabucco Overture – Guide Video
– use your VOICE PART as you First Name
– use your FULL NAME as your Last Name
– use your preferred email address