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Voice/Opera Division


The Voice/Opera Division of the UMD School of Music offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs taught by a distinguished faculty of internationally recognized artists and scholars. The faculty comprises active performers, clinicians, and specialists, as well as veterans of the world's finest opera companies and concert halls.

Recent Accomplishments of University of Maryland Theory/Composition Students and Alumni

Current Students

William Kenlon (DMA Composition) has maintained an active career as a composer in the Washington DC and Boston areas throughout his tenure at Maryland. In 2015, he received the Walsum award for "Five Fantasies on Bach Chorales," and received performances of other works by Opera On Tap (Washington DC), through the Church of the Advent concert series (Boston), at the Fresh Inc. Festival (Chicago), and as a fellow of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy).


Maestro Christoph Eschenbach conducted a special session with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra in March, 2011. He rehearsed Brahms' Symphony No. 3, which the orchestra was preparing for a concert. Eschenbach is the Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in nearby Washington, D.C. The next day he conducted a double rehearsal of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony with the NSO. The Maestro is quite generous with his time and energy!


The three classical bass teachers at UMD are gifted players with extensive professional experience. They each currently hold prestigious positions in the orchestral world. Together, they form a top-notch team of classical bass teachers, and they’re dedicated to providing superior instruction while guiding students on their musical “journey", wherever it may take them.

If you are considering applying to UMD, please stop by for a trial lesson with one (or all) or our bass teachers.

Ask the Masters

Do you have a question pertaining to bass playing for Mr. Oppelt, Mr. Barber, or Mr. Manzo? Please contact us! We're happy to answer your inquiry and post it here to be shared with the bass-playing community.


Hi Bob:

If you have time, I have a question about right hand bowing technique. Particularly, how do you articulate various types of fast passages?


The percussion program offers many opportunities for students to perform in several different ensemble arrangements. The numerous small and large ensembles available in the School of Music ensure that students receive a well-rounded performance education.


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