Professor, ConductingDirector, Choral Activities Voice/Opera Division
B.M.E. University of Delaware, M.M. Boston University, D.M., Indiana University
Edward Maclary became the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Maryland School of Music in 2000. He was named Professor of Music in 2006. Prior to coming to Maryland he served on the faculties of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. Under his direction the UMD Choirs have toured throughout Europe and North America and have sung on multiple occasions by invitation for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the Music Educators National Conference. Edward Maclary is the conductor of the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the most elite of the School of Music’s six full-time choral ensembles. The UMD Chamber Singers have toured and recorded extensively and won prizes in top international competitions. In 2011 the ensemble was awarded the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for Renaissance performance at the Florilège Vocal de Tours and Maclary was honored as the competition’s “Chef de Choeur.” Since 2003 the UMD Choirs have maintained an annual collaborative relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, receiving praise from critics and audiences for performances of works such as Handel’s “Messiah”, the Bach “St. Matthew Passion” and the “Mass in B minor”, and Haydn’s “Creation.” In April 2012 the UMD Concert Choir reunited with Helmuth Rilling and the NSO to perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, and in March 2013 will return to the Kennedy Center to sing the Mozart “Requiem” under the baton of NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach.
Regarded as an outstanding clinician and educator, Edward Maclary maintains an active schedule as guest conductor for choral festivals and honors choirs throughout the United States and around the world. Last season he conducted the Collegiate Honors Choir at the ACDA Central Division Convention and the Pennsylvania All State Choir. In July 2013 he will be the Artist in Residence for the Eastman School of Music Summer Choral Institute. He has also served as the chorus master for conductors such as Robert Shaw, Iván Fischer, Robert Spano, Matthew Halls and Bobby McFerrin. Choruses under his direction have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Edward Maclary received his doctoral degree in conducting with honors from the Indiana University School of Music after having been awarded a graduate degree in musicology from Boston University. In the following years he worked closely on many projects with Robert Shaw and also studied and collaborated with Helmuth Rilling, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Page.