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Edward Maclary

Professor, Conducting
Director, 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. Under his direction the UMD Choirs have gained international renown for excellence in performance and programming. Edward Maclary is the music director and 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.” In August 2014 the UMD Chamber Singers will travel to Seoul, South Korea to represent the United States with performances under Maclary’s direction at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music sponsored by the International Federation for Choral Music.

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. In 2012 he conducted the Collegiate Honors Choir at the ACDA Central Division Convention and the Pennsylvania All State Choir. In 2013 he served as the Artist in Residence for the Eastman School of Music Summer Choral Institute. Most recently he was named Director of the Master Class in Conducting for the Oregon Bach Festival beginning in June 2014. He will be the guest conductor for the 2014 Spivey Hall Honor Choir in Atlanta, Georgia. Maclary has served as the chorus master for conductors such as Robert Shaw, Christoph Eschenbach, Marin Alsop, Iván Fischer, Helmuth Rilling, 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.

UMD Choirs appear regularly at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the National Association for Music Education. Most recently the UMD Chamber Singers were the featured performers at the 2013 NCCO National Conference in Charleston SC and in February 2014 they will serve as the ensemble for conducting master classes to be led by Simon Carrington at the ACDA Eastern Division Convention in Baltimore.

Since 2003 the UMD Concert Choir has 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 alike. Repertoire with the NSO has included Handel’s “Messiah”, the Bach “St. Matthew Passion” and the “Mass in B minor”, and Haydn’s “Creation” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, and most recently in March 2013, the Mozart “Requiem” under the baton of NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach. In November 2013 the UMD Concert Choir made their debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in widely hailed performances of the Benjamin Britten “War Requiem” led by BSO Music Director Marin Alsop. Just one month later the ensemble made an acclaimed appearance with Pops Director Steven Reinecke for the NSO Holiday Pops Concerts. Upcoming collaborations include music of Bruckner with the NSO in June 2014 and concerts of Bach Cantatas with the NSO and guest conductor Helmuth Rilling in December 2014.

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.

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Position (for division): 
Director Choral Activities, Choral Conducting