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The University of Maryland Concert Choir



Biography

This year, the University of Maryland Concert Choir celebrates its 16th consecutive season of collaborations with the National Symphony Orchestra. Since 2003, the ensemble has performed works such as the Duruflé Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor, the Haydn Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, among many others, with the NSO and these concerts mark the ninth appearance for the ensemble in performances of Handel’s Messiah. Conductors for NSO and UMD Concert Choir collaborations have included Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Helmuth Rilling, Sir James MacMillan, and Donald Runnicles. Their most recent appearance with the orchestra were a series of performances of the The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams. The ensemble travels to Carnegie Hall this coming May with the NSO for performances of the Rossini Stabat Mater.

The UMD Concert Choir comprises singers chosen by audition from throughout the University. It maintains a rigorous schedule of concerts both on and off campus. At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD Concert Choir has performed repertoire as diverse as Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and the Verdi Requiem. In November 2013 the ensemble made its debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop in highly acclaimed performances of Britten’s War Requiem. The ensemble has since returned to Baltimore for performances of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki, the Brahms Requiem with Markus Stenz, and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and the Mozart Requiem under Marin Alsop.

The UMD Concert Choir is one of six full-time choral ensembles at the University of Maryland School of Music. The ensembles perform a wide range of a cappella and concerted music, from medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony, to masterworks of the 20th century and premieres of contemporary compositions. The University's choral ensembles appear regularly by invitation at the professional conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Music Director Edward Maclary became Director of Choral Activities at the University of Maryland in 2000. Under his guidance, the choral program at the University of Maryland has risen to national and international prominence. Maclary directs the School of Music’s graduate program in choral conducting and alumni from that program now occupy leadership positions at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Learn more about the UMD School of Music's choral program at music.umd.edu/ensembles/choirs
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