This year will mark the 24th anniversary of the USM School of Music’s annual scholarship gala. A signature event, this evening highlights the formidable talent of USM School of Music students, entertains hundreds of guests and most importantly, raises more than $50,000 net for USM music scholarships.
This year’s theme, More Than a Little Night Music, will be reflected in the music, the menu and the décor of the venue.
A patron reservation is $90/person. A Host reservation is $150/person.
More than 150 guests now join the Host Committee, including businesses that purchase “Corporate Host Tables for Ten.” Host names are printed on the formal invitations and in the gala program books.
Hors d’oeuvres are served during cocktails with a backdrop of holiday music performed by USM student music ensembles. There is reserved seating at a festive dinner banquet with complimentary dinner wine and tableside serenading. A welcoming champagne toast in Hannaford Hall will be made by University President, David followed by a spectacular live auction, raffle drawing and announcement of the silent action winners. This all leads of to the grand centerpiece concert performed by talented USM School of Music students. The evening concludes with desert and coffee in the grand lobby accompanied by more live seasonal music.
Live Auction, Raffle, Silent Auction and Music Performed by USM Music Majors
The gala’s live auction is the “backbone” to raising funds for USM music scholarships through this elegant evening. Each year, spectacular donations are auctioned-off by a professional auctioneer.
Importance of raising scholarship funds for the USM School of Music
Over the past twenty-three years, this scholarship event has raised more than one-half million dollars for scholarships, all of which has been awarded to talented, passionate and worthy USM music majors who in turn enrich our lives and the lives of younger generations throughout Maine, the country and beyond.
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