Philip Carlsen conducted the orchestra and has taught music theory, composition, film music, non-Western music, and other subjects at UMF since 1982. A nationally recognized composer, he has had his music played at New York’s Town Hall and the Museum of Modern Art, at the Kennedy Center, national conferences of the College Music Society and the Society of Composers, and other locations. He has received commissions from many Maine organizations, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Sebago-Long Lakes Region Chamber Music Festival, and the Bossov Ballet Theatre. Among his honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Carlsen’s automobile orchestra pieces are practically a UMF tradition. He is also an active cellist, performing in a variety of genres from Bach cantatas to improvised back-up tracks for singer-songwriters.
Jayne Decker teaches Contemporary American Theatre, Commedia dell'arte and Social and Political Theatre. An award-winning playwright and director, Jayne often chooses plays with a strong social and political context. One of her scripts, Cracked Shells, a play about domestic violence, was comissioned by Franklin County's Peace in our Families and was featured at the 2009 Maine Women's Studies Conference. Three of her latest plays, Songbird, Good Medicine and Bridge, a play dedicated to the memory of Charlie Howard, were developed in workshop productions at UMF. Her production of Bruce Graham's Coyote on a Fence was a finalist for the Moss Hart Memorial Award at the New England Theatre Conference in 2012.
Steven Pane’s career as a pianist and conductor emerges out of his life-long interest in the interdisciplinary study and performance of music. At UMF his work often involves collaborations such as the Celestial Emporium with poet Jeff Thompson and artist Dawn Nye; Intertextualiy, Bakhtin, and Ives's Concord Sonata with Tiane Donahue; or Bach's Goldberg Variations and Stories with author Pat O'Donnell. Most recently, Pane gave the American premier of Ana-Maria Avram's Musique pour Mallarme, at Harvard and UMF in 2010, and shares Avram and her partner Iancu Dumitrescu's interest in phenomenology and music. Dr. Pane has performed at universities and in major halls throughout the country including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Aaron Davis Hall in New York City, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.