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UMD School of Music Office of Community Engagement


Mission: To utilize the diverse talents of students and faculty by providing meaningful access and inclusion in the arts for under-serviced and under-resourced communities.


Robert DiLutis, Director of Community Engagement 


The School of Music engages with the local community through the following programs:


Collington Artist-in-Residence Program 
New in the fall of 2017, two graduate students receive free room and board at a local retirement community, Collington, in exchange for designing music programs for seniors. Learn more here.

Jazz at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center
UMD School of Music jazz combos provide at least four noontime concerts per year for the patients, doctors and staff at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.  

Music in Maryland, Radio Collaboration – WBJC
Through a partnership with WBJC Baltimore and radio host Jonathan Polevski, Music in Maryland features recordings of live performances of UMD School of Music faculty and students and arts groups from across the State of Maryland. More information here

Music + Film at UMD
Music + Film gives students opportunity to create and premiere new music for silent films in the Library of Congress’ private collection. Throughout the program, students work closely with national and international film archives and local film experts to learn new and historical methods of film accompaniment. Music + Film culminates in a performance of the scores with a screening of the silent films. Concert footage is available on The Library of Congress website and here on the School of Music's YouTube account. 

Outdoor Performance Series in College Park
In collaboration with the College Park City-University Partnership, School of Music students and faculty give weekly outdoor performances in College Park to enhance public spaces, bring the community together, articulate the area’s history, and give cultural context to new development. The series takes place on Mondays and Fridays in April and May.  Learn more.

Riversdale Chamber Music Society Concerts
Now in its third season, The Riversdale Chamber Music Society is one of Maryland’s newest classical chamber music organizations. Concerts provide a diverse chamber music experience by featuring UMD School of Music students, faculty and alumni as well as collaborations with musicians from military and local ensembles in the region. Learn more.  

Riverdale Town Center Market Concerts
This partnership with the Riverdale Park Arts Council and Riverdale Town Center Market features chamber groups, jazz ensembles and soloists from the UMD School of Music in relaxed, conversational outdoor concerts. Performances take place on the patio at the Town Center Market every year from July to September.

UMD Summer Chorus
Established in 2002, the UMD Summer Chorus gives college students, community singers and high school choristers the opportunity to perform major works under the direction of UMD School of Music graduate conductors. The ensemble rehearses for three weeks in July and culminates in a public performance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 

Hire a Musician
Need to hire a musician or ensemble? Interested in learning an instrument? Post your request to student performers and instructors here.


Global to Local Project
The School of Music’s ethnomusicology program partners with Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Ranier, MD, to introduce a diversity of musical traditions to school children in the surrounding community. Ethnomusicology graduate students and the School of Music’s world music ensemble directors have presented workshops on Japanese and American folk instruments, Balinese gamelan, Korean percussion and Native American dance. 

Students Harnessing Academic Readiness through Performance - The “SHARP” Program
Through the SHARP program, UMD School of Music students provide group music classes and ten- to thirty-minute private lessons to students at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale Park, MD.
Session 1: October to December
Session 2: February to April

A joint collaboration of the UMD School of Music, William Wirt Middle School and ArtSi! Riverdale, SHARP has received local and state recognition for its creativity and generosity to young disadvantaged minority students in our region. Learn more.