Joseph Shortall, Conductor
Founded in 2001, the University of Maryland Men's Chorus is one of the most dynamic ensembles on campus. The repertoire of Men's Chorus spans many genres, from chant and classical music to pop and barbershop. The Men's Chorus performs annually on Maryland Day and at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and brings talented male choirs from around the region to participate in the annual UM Men’s Chorus Invitational, held at the Memorial Chapel.
The Men’s Chorus performs joint fall and spring showcases with the UMD Women’s Chorus at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In 2007, the Men's Chorus joined with other UMD choirs in a performance of the Brahms Alto Rhapsody, and sang in Shastokovich's Symphony No. 13 ("Babi Yar"), with acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtuschenko as narrator.
The Chorus was honored to participate in the 2005 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at Strathmore. The ensemble is invited regularly to sing at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC, and has performed on tour at Williamsburg, Virginia.