David Neely, Director of Orchestral Activities
Mark Wakefield, Manager of Orchestras
The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) is one of the nation’s finest collegiate orchestras, providing its members with the tools they need to enter the evolving world of music as inventive and engaged proponents for their art. All wind, brass and percussion players rotate between UMSO and the UMD Wind Orchestra every four-week concert period. With these shifts, the musicians learn to quickly adapt to a variety of musical situations.
Known for its cutting-edge performances, UMSO searches for new ways to vitalize the presentation of classical music in concert. This progressive approach uncovers a renewed depth of meaning in the traditional orchestral repertoire for both musicians and audiences alike.