Department of Performing Arts
Gustavo Aguilar is an experimental performer/composer/improviser, whose interdisciplinary approach to art making integrates present-composed (improvised) and past-composed (fully notated) elements with the use of new technologies and an active research interest in cultural/critical studies. As an art practitioner whose work has been called "beautiful, introspective and passionate," "thought-provoking and thoroughly fresh" Gustavo’s awareness and engagement with new and innovative forms of art operate and encompass a wide range of traditions and media that help him to blur the boundaries betwixt composer/performer and between music, art, and theatre. A Brownsville, Texas native, Gustavo has performed at major festivals throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and has given lectures and master classes at universities and symposia across the United States and abroad.
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.
Amy Maier holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Maine at Orono, a Post Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches class piano and applied piano at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has been the long time accompanist for the Maine Summer Youth Music Camp and has accompanied for music festivals in New England as well as the Maine All State Chorus. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and is President of the State affiliate, Maine Music Teachers Association (MMTA). She currently resides in Bangor where she runs a piano studio and serves as music director for Hampden Congregational Church.
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.