Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Professor of Violin and String Pedagogy at the UMD School of Music, is one of the world’s most respected string pedagogues. After 33 years as professor at the UMD, he retires at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra honors UMD trumpet professor Chris Gekker for his service to the local arts community.
Trumpet professor Chirs Gekker was unanimously selected by the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Board of Directors to receive the 2013 MCYO Chester J. Petranek Community Award. This award is presented annually to an organization or individual for outstanding community service in an enriching the musical life of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Professor Linda Mabbs has been awarded UMD’s 2012-2013 Board of Regents Faculty Award for Mentoring, the University’s most prestigious faculty service award. Chancellor William E. Kirwan remarked during the presentation that although this award was given in recognition of her mentoring of students and faculty, Mabbs could have easily been recognized for her scholarly and artistic work as well.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Diamondback: Isabelle De Leon (BM Jazz) plays her way into Strathmore residency from childhood roots
Isabelle De Leon (BM Jazz) was inspired to take up drumming after watching the movie "Selena", in which a minor female character said, “Girls don’t play drums.” Read her story in the The Diamondback.
Monday, April 22, 2013
How long should I practice? What should I practice? Above all, how should I prepare for a successful career? Ask esteemed trumpet player and composer Anthony Plog, who shared practical tips and career advice with School of Music students on April 2.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The University of Maryland School of Music’s Opera Studio mounts a charming and touching production to showcase their MM second-year students. These performers may still be in training, but there voices are already stunning.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The University of Maryland’s School of Music has partnered with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to pair successful artists with students to create short- and long-term educational opportunities.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Musicology Professor Patrick Warfield’s course “Popular Music in Black America” traces the internal development and influence of African American popular music from the Middle Passage to the early 20th century with special focus on spirituals, ragtime, the blues, early jazz, R&B, Motown, funk, soul and rap.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The School of Music's Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet SIREN gives their final quintet-only concert in College Park on Saturday, March 30 at 3PM in Ulrich Recital Hall. The program, titled "How Suite It Is", features dance suites by Thomasi, Ravel, Valjean and d'Rivera.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Over the last several years the focus of US education has been fixed firmly on the sciences. But research shows that the arts help children do better in all subjects and improve the likelihood that they will stay in school longer.Click here to see Dr. Ken Elpus, Assistant Professor in Music Education, speak about the impact of art in education in the sixth and final installment of BBC's Power of Art series.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Watch a live stream of the UMD Wind Orchestra performing Steve Reich's "Double Sextet" at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Conference
Click here to watch a live stream of the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra (UMWO) performing Steve Reich's Double Sextet at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Conference on Wednesday, March 20 at 7PM. Prior to CBDNA, members of UMWO peformed Reich's work twice at the Clarice Smith Center: first with eighth blackbird, a Grammy-winning contemporary music sextet who commissioned and premiered the piece; and second on UMWO's first spring concert, "The Poetry of Joseph Schwantner".
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
On Monday, February 18, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers performed patriotic selections at the Maryland State House for George Washington's Birthday Celebration. Among those present were Governor Martin O'Malley and Senator Mike Miller.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The University of Maryland will welcome two legendary international keyboard percussion ensembles, Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Kroumata Percussion Ensemble to the School of Music on February 25 – 28, 2013 for a series of concerts, lectures and masterclasses.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Dr. Dora Hanninen, Assoc. Professor of Music Theory, gives analysts a new framework for interpreting music in her new book
In December of 2012, Dr. Dora Hanninen, Associate Professor of Music Theory, saw publication of her book A Theory of Music Analysis: On Segmentation and Association Organization by the University of Rochester Press as part of its Eastman Studies in Music series.
Monday, January 21, 2013
The Mighty Sound of Maryland has reason to make some noise. Christie Ileto from WJZTV (Baltimore) explains how the band is getting ready to take center stage at Monday's inauguration.
Friday, January 4, 2013
DC Metro Theatre Arts includes Maryland Opera Studio's production of "The Magic Flute" in their "Best of 2012" List
Here are DCMetroTheaterArts writers' choices for their favorites designs of production in the the DC Metro Area in 2012.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
"One of my favorite moments was a very local moment...The University of Maryland [orchestra] came out dressed in street clothes with their instruments and began moving around the stage as they played Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun. It was a wonderful example of what could be done with orchestras if they think a little outside the box."
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Chorus was in good form under the director of Kenneth Slowik, making that famous opening energetic and joyous and keeping the melodic lines clear in all that dense counterpoint. The chorus was generally sprightly throughout, while the soloists often took the more introspective aspects of the text. Indeed alto Mairin Srygley and tenor Matthew Hill did a great job with the sparingly somber duet "Et Misericordia."
Monday, December 10, 2012
Anne Midgette of the Washington Post lists the Argento Celebration and the UMD Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" as top performances in 2012.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The UMD Chamber Singers made their debut at the White House on December 1, 2012. The choristers sang holiday selections from 7pm to 9pm for hundred of visitors.