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About Us

The University of Maryland School of Music is dedicated to offering undergraduate and graduate musicians conservatory training, while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator, and arts advocate in the 21st century. These musicians, in turn, contribute vitally to the enrichment of the present culture, the preservation of our artistic heritage, and to the stimulation of new creative expression for the future.

Over the past decade, our focus on innovation and collaboration has earned us national attention. Our distinguished faculty, which includes numerous members of the National Symphony Orchestra, delivers a curriculum that allows students to approach large ensemble performance with the leadership and communications skills practiced in chamber music. Our graduates enter the professional world with command of their art form, prepared to build a career in the arts and eager to nurture creative expression for the future.

Beyond campus, the culturally rich Baltimore-Washington corridor offers countless opportunities for students to engage with the community as performers and educators. Our choirs perform with the National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and have traveled to Seoul, South Korea to represent the United States at the 10th World Symposium in Choral Music. Student chamber groups perform at The Riversdale Mansion, Strathmore Mansion, Smithsonian Institution, and Library of Congress. Common Tone, a concert series curated by the School of Music and The Clarice Artist Partner Program, asks our students to curate and perform innovative concert programs for patrons at Busboys and Poets, a popular restaurant and performance space in Hyattsville’s Gateway Arts District. Under Students Harnessing Academic Readiness Through Performance (SHARP), our students boost arts instruction at Prince George’s County Schools with private lessons, group classes, and performances.

A leading contributor to the cultural life of the campus and surrounding region, the School of Music fosters a thriving and diverse community of more than 500 student musicians from within the state of Maryland, across the country, and around the world. The School also serves more than 3,000 non-majors each year, providing essential coursework that satisfies University CORE Liberal Arts & Sciences Studies requirements.