The University of Maryland Concert Choir


Since 2003 the University of Maryland Concert Choir has appeared annually with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights of these collaborations include Bach's St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Helmuth Rilling in 2006 and Handel's Messiah in 2007 led by Baroque specialist Paul Goodwin. The ensemble renewed its collaboration with Maestro Rilling in the spring of 2009 with highly acclaimed performances of Haydn's oratorio Die Schöpfung. In the spring of 2010 the Concert Choir returned to the NSO for Bach's Mass in B minor under Iván Fischer and has also performed with Maestro Fischer and the NSO in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and Mahler's Symphony No. 3.  The Concert Choir returned for a series of Messiah performances in 2010 directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini and repeated the work with the NSO in 2011. This continuing series of collaborations with a major symphony orchestra is unique among collegiate choral programs in the United States.

Under the direction of Edward Maclary, choral music at the University of Maryland has achieved a reputation around the nation and the world for excellence in performance and diversity of repertoire. Six full time ensembles explore the breadth and depth of the finest choral literature available and provide students from throughout the University opportunities to perform on and off campus, on tour, and in collaboration with the world's great musical artists. Housed in the School of Music at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD choral ensembles have worked and studied with important choral artists and specialists such as Peter Phillips, Paul Hillier, J. Reilly Lewis, and Kenneth Slowik. The choirs collaborate annually with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra in repertoire such as Verdi's Requiem, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 ("Babi Yar"), and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. They have also toured with great success throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, in the summer of 2011, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the flagship ensemble of the program, was awarded the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and Prix Ronsard for excellence in Renaissance performance at the Florilège Vocal de Tours in France and in 2007 won top prizes at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. To find out more about the choral program and how you can support choral music at the University of Maryland, please visit

Edward Maclary is the director of choral activities and professor of music at the University of Maryland School of Music. Choirs under his direction have toured throughout the world and have performed by invitation at all of the most prestigious music conferences and conventions in the United States. In 2011 he was awarded the Prix Chef de Choeur at the Florilège Vocal de Tours.He has served as chorus master for Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, and Iván Fischer, among many others and has prepared ensembles for the Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Edward Maclary received his doctor of music degree in conducting with honors from the Indiana University School of Music. He also earned a graduate degree in musicology from Boston University and studied with Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Page. Regarded as an outstanding educator and clinician, he maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor for choral festivals and honor choirs throughout the country.

March 2012

Upcoming Events

  • National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's <i>Messiah</i> National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah 12/17/2015 - 12/20/2015

    Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO and acclaimed guest artists. This year, Nathalie Stutzmann conducts four gifted singers and the UMD Concert Choir in this NSO tradition.

The University of Maryland Concert Choir