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The University of Maryland School of Music combines first-rate academics and conservatory-caliber training in a comprehensive, mid-size program. Located at one of the nation's premier public universities, the UM School of Music is characterized by energy and momentum. With a world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, the School is dedicated to educating undergraduate and graduate musicians at the highest possible level while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator and arts advocate in the 21st century.

Historical Timeline


Maryland Agricultural College is chartered by the Maryland State Legislature.


Passage of the Morrill Land Grant Act provides federal funds to schools that teach agriculture, engineering, and military training. Consequently, military drum corps and bugle corps appear on campus.


Student bands and choirs are formed on campus, supplementing campus military ensembles.


The campus's formal Cadet Band is established.

Faculty Emeritus

The title of Professor Emeritus is conferred on select retired faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the University of Maryland and met the highest standards during their tenure.

H. Robert Cohen, Professor, Musicology

Shelley Davis, Associate Professor, Musicology

Evelyn Elsing, Professor, Strings

Gerald Fischbach, Professor, Strings

The Board of Visitors


The Board of Visitors assists the School of Music's administration with strategic planning and fundraising to support scholarships and development opportunities. The School is proud to acknowledge and thank its current Board members:


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