The University of Maryland Concert Choir is the symphonic choir of the School of Music made by 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 varied repertoire including the Bach Magnificat and Weinachts Oratorium, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and the Verdi Messa da Requiem. In 2010 the ensemble was featured in a performance of the oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri led by Paul Goodwin for the School of Music’s Robert Schumann Festival in honor of the composer’s 200th anniversary.
Since 2003 the UMD Concert Choir has regularly collaborated with the National Symphony Orchestra in repertoire such as the Bach St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor, the Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elias, and has served as the chorus for Handel’s Messiah five times. The ensemble has appeared under the direction of maestros including Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling, Iván Fischer, and Matthew Halls.
In Fall 2013 the UMD Concert Choir made its debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop in performances of Britten’s monumental War Requiem to mark the composer’s centenary. During the 2014-2015 Season the UMD Concert Choir also appeared with the BSO SuperPops for a program of Broadway standing ovations under Jack Everly, and within the classical subscription series in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor under Masaaki Suzuki. This season, the ensemble returns to Baltimore for performances of Brahms’ transcendental German Requiem.