Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Ferdinand and his choir, the Oakwood University Aeolians, earned the top title at the Choir of the World competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Ferdinand, who has directed the Aeolians since 2008, was also named Outstanding Director of the World Choral Festival.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Joel Pierson (D.M.A. Composition '14) Is Second-Place Winner in New York Philharmonic Composition Challenge
Pierson is a second-place winner in the New York Philharmonic’s "New World" Composition Challenge for his piece, "Afternoon on a Hill." An initiative of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, the Composition Challenge invited New York City–based composers to create works that contained or referenced themes from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, "From the New World."
Monday, July 10, 2017
An experienced performer and dedicated educator, Grimmer is Principal Bassoon of the Kennedy Center Opera House and Washington National Opera Orchestra, teaches at the Miami Music Festival and has led masterclasses at university music programs around the country.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Felix Wang, Simon James, Jeffrey Irvine, Yehonatan Berick and Lev Polyakin are the fall 2017 guests featured in this free masterclass series.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Prize-winners in the Fischoff, Borciani, and Bordeaux competitions, the quartet will receive a generous scholarship and career support as graduate fellows.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Enrico Lopez-Yañez (M.M. Instrumental Conducting, '15) Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony
Lopez-Yañez was promoted after serving as a conducting fellow for two seasons. In this new position, he will continue his work on education and community engagement. (External link)
Monday, June 26, 2017
Courtney Cacopardo Ruckman (B.M. Voice, ‘08) Sings Featured Role in Premiere of Robert Paterson's "Three Way"
Ruckman appeared as Jessie in the East Coast premiere of "Three Way" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from June 15-18, 2017. As the original interpreter of Jessie, Ruckman gave the role its world premiere earlier this year as a Nashville Opera emerging artist.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Two music students will live rent-free at retirement community in exchange for designing music programs for seniors.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Novo, who is the Music Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland, will lead the UMD Symphony Orchestra and provide mentorship to conducting students during the 2017-18 academic year.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Dr. Haggh-Huglo is one of seven fellows joining the Yale ISM interdisciplinary community. ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts are scholars, religious leaders, or artists at all career stages whose work is in or is turning toward the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts. (External Link)
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Robin is winner in the op-ed category for his piece in The New Yorker, “Colin Kaepernick and the Radical Uses of the 'Star‑Spangled Banner.'” The article discusses the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and argues that it has been used as an anthem of dissent since its creation. (External link)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Aaron LaVere is the principal trombonist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and David Perkel is the lead trombonist with the United States Navy Band “Commodores."
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lie's research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights with a focus on how Romani ("Gypsy") populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests.
Monday, April 10, 2017
The Music and Culture Minor Program offers students from any discipline or major the opportunity to study the ways in which human cultural diversity is represented through music, and to learn how musical practices and values, including those embedded in the teaching and transmission of music, relate to core values in a particular culture or subculture. They will also develop skills in hearing, thinking about, analyzing, discussing, and writing about music and relating it to other aspects of human life.
Monday, April 10, 2017
“If one aim of music education, as many music educators report, is to engender a lifelong connection with the arts,” writes Kenneth Elpus of the University of Maryland, “the results of this study suggest that music — and arts education more broadly — is achieving this aim for many alumni.”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Trumbore is one of nineteen award recipients whose works were selected from approximately 550 submissions.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
"How to Go On" features Trumbore's secular requiem by the same name that the Choral Arts Initiative commissioned last year.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
UMD School of Music SHARP Program Expands African Drumming “Bucket Band” to Two College Park Elementary Schools
First offered at William Wirt Middle School in Hyattsville, SHARP’s African drumming bucket band provides students with a foundation for improvisation and provides an immediate outlet for self-expression.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
January to mid-March news from School of Music students, faculty and alumni.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
UMD School of Music Office of Community Engagement Awards Graduate Cellist Peter Swanson with Prince George's Philharmonic Cello Internship
Swanson, who studies with cello professor Eric Kutz, will receive a generous scholarship from the Riverdale Park Arts Council. He will also join the PG Philharmonic’s cello section for their concerts on March 25 and May 14.