Professor, ConductingDirector, Choral Activities Voice/Opera Division
B.M.E. University of Delaware, M.M. Boston University, D.M., Indiana University
Edward Maclary is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Maryland. Recognized as one of the leading choral conductors and pedagogues of his generation, over the past fifteen years he has led the UMD Choral program to global acclaim. The school’s flagship ensemble, the UMD Chamber Singers, has toured extensively and won top prizes in international competitions around the world. Over the past decade the UMD Concert Choir has become the symphonic chorus of choice for both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Maclary has served as the chorus master for conductors such as Robert Shaw, Christoph Eschenbach, Marin Alsop, Andris Nelsons, Iván Fischer, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Spano, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Also Director of the Master Class in Conducting at the Oregon Bach Festival since 2014, Maclary has served as the Artist in Residence for the Eastman School of Music Summer Choral Institute and taught conducting master classes at Indiana University, Westminster Choir College, the University of Wisconsin, and Temple University. Regarded as an outstanding clinician and educator, Edward Maclary maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor for choral festivals and honors choirs around the country. In 2016 he will conduct the California All-State Choir and he has been invited to lead the Maryland All-State Choir in 2018. Under Maclary’s leadership the graduate conducting program at the University of Maryland has become one of most sought after in the country and its graduates occupy professional and academic positions around throughout the nation.
In 2014 he led the UMD Chamber Singers to Seoul, Korea for performances at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music by invitation of the International Federation for Choral Music. In 2011 that ensemble was awarded the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for Renaissance performance at France’s Florilège Vocal de Tours and Maclary was honored as the competition’s “Chef de Choeur.” The UMD Chamber Singers are also invited to appear regularly under his direction at the professional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In addition to his extensive experience in early music, Baroque performance practice, and the standard choral/orchestral masterworks, Maclary’s repertoire ranges all the way to the literature of the 21st century, highlighted by important collaborations with composers such as James MacMillan and Dominick DiOrio.
Edward Maclary received his doctorate in conducting with honors from Indiana University after earning a graduate degree in historical musicology from Boston University. In the following years he worked closely on many performance projects with Robert Shaw and also studied and collaborated with Helmuth Rilling, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Page.