The University of Maryland Concert Choir is the symphonic choir of the School of Music, its membership composed of singers from the choral ensemble program. It maintains a busy schedule of concerts both on and off campus. At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center the UMD Concert Choir has performed repertoire as diverse as the Bach Magnificat and the Weinachts Oratorium, the MahlerSymphony #2 and the Verdi Requiem. In 2010 the ensemble was featured in a performance led by Paul Goodwin of the oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri, for the School of Music’s Robert Schumann Festival in honor of that composer’s 200th anniversary. Since 2003 the University of Maryland Concert Choir has collaborated regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra in repertoire such as the Bach St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor, the Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the NSO, and has served as the chorus for Handel’s Messiah five times. The ensemble has appeared under the direction of maestros such as Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling, Iván Fischer, and Matthew Halls. In the Fall of 2013 the UMD Concert Choir will make its debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop in performances of the monumental War Requiem by Benjamin Britten to mark the composer’s centenary.