December 2017 Alumni Updates Janet Blair (B.M. '09, M.M. '11) released her debut album as a singer-songwriter, Songs for the Waiting on April 7, 2017. Produced in Nashville by Matthew Odmark of the Jars of Clay, it charted at #6 on the Billboard regional charts and builds a bridge between her classical roots and pop-influenced songwriting. Check out the lead single, Eternity Grows.
Dear School of Music Alumni,
UMD Concert Choir Celebrates the Season with the BSO and NSO The University of Maryland Concert Choir, the symphonic choir of the School of Music, took the stage this month with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop performing Mozart’s Requiem. The Baltimore Sun’s chief music critic, Tim Smith praised their performance saying, “The excellent University of Maryland Concert Choir (finely honed by director Edward Maclary) maintained a supple blend, articulated pristinely and, above all, animated every phrase.”
Katherine Preston, Leading Nineteenth Century Musicology Katherine Preston was always interested in the idea of American music. As a child taking piano lessons, she asked her teacher why she was never given any compositions by Americans to study, and was told, "there aren't any". Determined to remedy this general American ignorance about our own musical heritage, she became a musicologist, planning to help illuminate the rich and unique musical heritage that all Americans share.