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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.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Two music students will live rent-free at retirement community in exchange for designing music programs for seniors.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Classical music and hip hop merge in "Classically Dope," a collaboration between the School of Music's Daraja Ensemble, Washington, D.C. rapper Konshens and pianist Brian Cunningham. Watch their February 8 performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (external link).
Friday, February 10, 2017
American composer and pianist Martin Hennessy works with singers in the Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) on his adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Young King,” a parable that addresses wealth and income inequality. (External link)
Friday, February 3, 2017
The Young King plays one night only, February 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm at The Clarice’s Gildenhorn Recital Hall – 8270 Alumni Drive in College Park, MD. The performance is free, and no tickets are required. (external link)
Friday, January 20, 2017
In this new lecture series, arts entrepreneurs of all stripes — performers, scholars, educators and administrators — will demonstrate to music students that traditional orchestra jobs or tenure-track teaching positions aren’t their only professional options. The first lecture on March 16 features the trailblazing wind quintet, Windsync (Emily Tsai, MM Oboe '13).
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Cunningham leaves her Southeast, D.C. classroom for Botswana on a Fulbright this January to further explore how musical and ancestral ties form national identity in children.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hear a diverse program of chamber works performed by outstanding graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Maryland School of Music. Selected by faculty from over thirty-five chamber ensembles, these students represent in the University of Maryland School of Music's nationally recognized chamber music program.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Join us for "Lucretia Speaks," a discussion series that focuses on the themes of this story and how they resonate in today’s society.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition! First Prize: Shuai Wang, piano; Second Prize: Caroline Castleton, viola; Third Prize, Jon Clancy, vibraphone
Monday, October 3, 2016
Recent accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Library of Congress (LOC) will supply all of the silent films for Music and Film at Maryland, a School of Music concert series that invites student chamber groups to compose film scores and perform them live to silent film. Previously unavailable to the public, these films from the LOC will be presented on future Music and Film concerts with new scores performed and composed by School of Music students.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
This past December, the UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Chamber Singers provocatively combined excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker Ballet" with David Lang’s poignant "little match girl passion" for solo chamber choir. The inter-weaving of these two works with imagery by video designer Tim McLoraine seeks a common thread between the lives of those who may have and those who may not.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Why did the legend of Don Juan have such resonance in seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and what explains the continued success of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" to the present day?
Monday, October 26, 2015
“Daraja,” or “bridge” in Swahili, is exactly what the DarajaEnsemble aims to build between art and communities. As the School of Music’s newest graduate fellowship woodwind quintet, Daraja’s goal is to share their love of music through outreach projects and adventurous performances with audiences around the world.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Patrick Kilbride (MM voice and Maryland Opera Studio '14) has observed that it's often one big break that launches a career. Now, as one of five competitors to win debut contracts at the 24th International Concours de Chant Centre-Lyrique Clermont-Ferrand in France, Patrick hopes this is his moment.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Excelsa Quartet was one of five chamber groups that advanced to the final round of the Franz Schubert and Modern Music Chamber Music Competition in Graz, Austria.

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