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The University of Maryland Concert Choir



Biography

The University of Maryland Concert Choir is chosen by audition from among students throughout the University's College Park campus. The ensemble has established a nationwide reputation for artistic excellence.

Since 2003 the UMD Concert Choir has collaborated annually with the National Symphony Orchestra in works such as Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Mahler's Symphony #3. Most recently they performed Duruflé's Requiem under the direction of Donald Runnicles. Last season they sang Handel's Messiah in acclaimed performances under the direction of Nathalie Stutzmann. This season marks the seventh occasion for which the group has served as the chorus for the NSO's annual Messiah performances.

At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center the UMD Concert Choir has performed masterworks as diverse as Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mahler's Symphony #2, and Verdi's Requiem, as well as symphonic repertoire by Boulanger, Brahms, Haydn, Ives, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Ravel. Last season they made a series of performances on campus and on tour of Bruckner's Mass in E minor with the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra.

The six full time choral ensembles at the University of Maryland School of Music perform a wide range of the finest a cappella and concerted music, from medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony to masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, major operas, and premieres of contemporary compositions. The University's choral ensembles have appeared by invitation on multiple occasions at the conventions of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization and they have built a reputation for excellence in performance of the most challenging and diverse choral repertoire.

Edward Maclary has served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Maryland School of Music since 2000.

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