Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings and Orchestral Activities at the USM 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.


A sought after adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Lehmann is a frequent guest at local and regional district and All State events, and has been invited to guest conduct the 2014 Vermont Music Festival, the 2015 New England Music Festival Association Orchestra, and will adjudicate the 2016 American String Teachers National Conference National Orchestra Festival in Tampa, Florida.


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 of with the Portland Symphony and has conducted All State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. 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 PORTOpera and 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 new CD, “Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce” has just been issued by Centaur Records. He recently conducted the world premiere of Portland Ballet’s newly commissioned “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. His recent performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3, celebrating the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra's 70th anniversary, was named the top performance event of the 2012 Portland concert season by the Portland Press Herald. Dr. Lehmann resides in Scarborough with his wife Kim, a violist with the PSO, and his two sons, Eric and Alex.