The University Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of 50 voices that sings a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied repertoire. Primarily directed by graduate conductors from the School of Music, the University Chorale is comprised of music majors and students from other disciplines across the campus. In 2012, the ensemble played a major role in the UMD School of Music’s celebration of the music of American composer Dominick Argento with an acclaimed performance of his choral cycle I Hate and I Love.
Among the highlights of the ensemble’s career are participations with the UMD Concert Choir in National Symphony Orchestra performances of Mendelssohn’s Elias and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, as well as Britten’s War Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. An active member of the university's choral ecosystem, the University Chorale regularly appears in UMD Choral Activities traditions including the annual High School Choir Invitational and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Recent showcases have included masterworks of Handel, Messiaen, Saint-Saëns, Whitacre, and Vaughan Williams.