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We’re looking for a different kind of student.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MUSIC is dedicated to offering conservatory

training in an environment that emphasizes the critical importance of scholarship, education and

arts advocacy in the 21st century. Our graduates enter the professional world with command of their

art form and the essential entrepreneurial skills needed to build a career in the arts and to nurture

creative expression for the future.

As part of UMD’s College of Arts and Humanities, the School of Music is a leading contributor to the

cultural life of the campus and surrounding region, representing a vibrant and diverse community of

450 student musicians from within the state of Maryland, across the country and around the world.

Cover: UMD Symphony Orchestra photo by Alison Harbaugh; facing page: Later The Same Evening, Maryland Opera Studio photo by Cory Weaver


Conservatory training. University environment.

DEGREE PROGRAMS: Bachelor of Music (BM)

Bachelor of Music Education (BME) BM/BME Dual Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Master of Music (MM) Master of Arts (MA)

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

OUTSIDE THE PRACTICE ROOM: • In addition to their music requirements, UMD School of Music students complete UMD’s General Education requirements.

• 40% of UMD School of Music students choose to pursue additional majors or degrees in other schools across campus. Students may choose from any other program that is offered on campus.

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Exceptional Students Deserve Exceptional Facilites


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is home to the UMD School of Music, the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and a professional presenting organization.

Philharmonic’s 2012-2013 season finale performance, A Dancer’s Dream.

OLGA HALDEY, Associate Professor of Musicology, received a Collaborative Research Grant for 2012-2014 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support her project, Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces’ in Sketches and Drafts: A Facsimile Edition of Autographs with Introduction and Commentary. Haldey will collaborate with Margarita L. Mazo, Professor Emerita of Ohio State University, in research that will result in a large-format, two-volume edition that features 750 art-quality photographs of Les Noces materials, as well as a monograph-size written interpretation of the images.

Located on a 17-acre site, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is one of the largest and best-equipped performing arts venues on any university campus. It provides a lively, collaborative environment, integrating art and craft with scholarship and training. A full season of professional dance, music and theatre performances complements our School performances and productions, bringing to campus internationally-renowned artists who conduct masterclasses and participate in residencies.


All music courses are held in the Center’s classrooms and rehearsal spaces. The UMD School of Music is an All-Steinway school.

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL): With more than 300,000 holdings/recordings, MSPAL’s circulating, reference, serial and special collections make it one of the country’s most comprehensive university libraries of its kind.


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is just nine miles from the heart of Washington DC and 30 miles from downtown Baltimore, Maryland. This location, in the culturally vibrant DC-Baltimore corridor, provides unsurpassed educational and professional opportunities for music students. Close proximity to professional orchestras, opera companies and research and cultural centers adds significant value to the UMD experience.

The International Piano Archives (IPAM) is one of the world’s most extensive collections of piano recordings, books, scores, programs and related materials, including the archival papers of many internationally recognized pianists. MSPAL’s Special Collections in Performing Arts includes manuscripts, letters, sound recordings, programs, scrapbooks, photographs and other archival materials. Notable collections include:


• American Handel Society Archives

Over the past decade, our focus on innovation and research has earned us national attention:

• Society for Ethnomusicology Archives

• American Compsers Alliance Score Collection

DR. KEN ELPUS, Assistant Professor of Music Education, received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to research how arts students compare to those who did not study arts in areas such as school engagement, psychological adjustment, and involvement in risky behaviors.

• Archives of American Bandmasters Association • Archives of National Association for Music Education

Other major collections in the region include the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and the Folger Shakespeare Library, all of which are frequently used by UMD School of Music students.

The UMD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’s cross-disciplinary performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka was adapted for the New York

Facing page, clockwise from top: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) photo by Zachary Z. Handler; MSPAL by Mike Morgan; United States Capitol, Washington DC from; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland photo by; MSPAL by Mike Morgan; International Piano Archives.



With more than 20 active ensembles and dozens of chamber groups, performance opportunities for School of Music students abound. Under the guidance of an outstanding faculty that includes more than a dozen members of the National Symphony Orchestra, UMD School of Music students become well-rounded performers, equally adept as soloists, chamber musicians and large ensemble members. Through the Clarice Smith Center’s visiting artist program, students have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and perform with distinguished ensembles of our time. Recent ensembles-in-residence include: • Windscape • eighth blackbird • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

UMD Symphony Orchestra photo by Alison Harbaugh



Clockwise from top: photo by Alison Harbaugh; photo by Alison Harbaugh; photo by Stan Barouh; photo by Alison Harbaugh; facing page: Aeolus; SIREN; Chesapeake Strings; photo by Allison Britton



Chamber music is the cornerstone of the UMD School of Music’s ensemble curriculum. The leadership and communication skills essential to chamber music performance, when applied to large ensemble settings, empower the musician and lead to the best performances.

Our faculty represent some of the best names in chamber music, including members of the Left Bank Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, Los Angeles Piano Quintet and Empire Brass.


The UMD School of Music’s Graduate Fellowship Chamber Ensembles benefit from intensive chamber music study with renowned artists, featured performances, professional development support, tuition remission, a generous stipend. See our website for further details on our Graduate Fellowship Chamber Ensembles and to learn about current openings. Aeolus Quartet

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Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize


Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize


John Lad Prize Winners


SIREN Woodwind Quintet

UMD School of Music Graduate String Quartet Fellows

2011-2013 2012

Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, Silver Medal

UMD School of Music Graduate Woodwind Quintet Fellows Artists-in-Residence, Alba Music Festival, Alba, Italy


and DEVREE LEWIS MM (2011), founded Chesapeake Strings, an award-winning classical ensemble that performs throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia.

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ORCHESTRAS The UMD School of Music’s four large instrumental ensembles are led with a shared vision based on the following bedrock principles, which influence every aspect of the large ensemble program:

Music-making in a large ensemble requires the same essential skills that characterize great chamber music-making: active listening, collaborative decision making and knowing when to lead, when to follow and how to do both at the same time. Conductorless experiences create an ideal climate for honing listening and leadership skills.

The ensemble musicians and conductors share the responsibility of shaping the musical product. Students are encouraged to contribute verbal input during rehearsals and programming ideas for upcoming seasons. We believe in the primacy of process — i.e., that good rehearsals are their own reward.

The UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) is one of the nation’s finest collegiate orchestras, a progressive ensemble offering cutting-edge experiences in 21st-century orchestral performance for audiences and musicians alike. The UMD Wind Orchestra (UMWO) redefines the wind ensemble with strategically curated performances that bring new context to traditional wind repertoire and introduce new works.

The UMD Repertoire Orchestra (UMRO) is a unique all-campus orchestra open to music majors and non-music majors. Led by graduate instrumental conducting students under the guidance of conducting faculty, the group plays familiar and unfamiliar works by major composers, accompanies critically acclaimed soloists and has shared the stage with rock bands.

New Lights

The New Lights Initiative was launched in 2009 to explore ways of making classical music more relevant and impactful for modern audiences. New Lights questions what encourages or discourages people from enjoying a classical concert and calls upon students and faculty to envision and build the kind of musical life they would want to inhabit.

The inquisitive and fearless spirit of the New Lights initiative comes to life in the UMD concert experience, where unconventional performance practices, technology and other artistic disciplines are incorporated into programming — a celebration of the past and the future.

The UMD Wind Ensemble (UMWE) performs works from the most respected repertoire written for wind band.

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: KEVIN BUSINSKY BM Trumpet (2007) plays trumpet with the United States Navy Band.

Facing page: UMD Symphony Orchestra, Les Illuminations photo by Alison Harbaugh




Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees are offered in the areas of Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting and Wind Conducting.

The programs offer an integrated approach and students gain experience with all conducting mediums: orchestra, choral, opera and wind. The educational development of each student is shared by the entire conducting faculty. Students receive large amounts of supervised time on the podium, leading the UMD School of Music’s major ensembles in both rehearsal and performance. Coursework emphasizes higher level musicianship as well as thorough training in style and literature.

UMD Wind Orchestra photo by Alison Harbaugh

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: NICOLE ALDRICH DMA Choral Conducting (2011) Director of Choral Activities, Washington University in St. Louis Conducting Fellow, Oregon Bach Festival, 2013


OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: MICHAEL ELLIS INGRAM MM Orchestral Conducting (2010), is First Kapellmeister at the opera house in Nordhausen, Germany. He has taught conducting at the conservatories of Leipzig and Dresden, and he spends his summers lecturing in Salzburg

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The Choirs of the University of Maryland are recognized around the world for the excellence of their performances. The UMD Chamber Singers tour internationally and have won top prizes at major European competitions. The UMD Concert Choir collaborates annually with world-renowned conductors and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In addition, all the ensembles perform regularly on campus with UMD School of Music ensembles, such as the UMD Symphony Orchestra, the UMD Wind Ensemble and the Maryland Opera Studio.

UMD Chamber Singers, the School’s most elite choral ensemble, won the first prize for Mixed Choirs and the first prize for Renaissance singing at the 40th Florilège Vocal de Tours in France in 2011. University Chorale is a mixed ensemble of undergraduate voices that performs concerts in a wide variety of literature both on and off campus and collaborates on large works with the UMD Symphony Orchestra.

UMD Men’s Chorus draws singers from around the campus and performs all styles of music from Renaissance to rap.

UMD Women’s Chorus gives students the chance to explore and perform the rich variety of choral literature for women’s voices.

Opera Chorus performs in fully staged and costumed productions of the Maryland Opera Studio.

UMD Concert Choir recently performed the Mozart Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Britten War Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: DENNYS MOURA BM Voice (2010), is a tenor with the Navy Sea Chanters.

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Clockwise from top: University Chorale photo by Stan Barouh; UMD Concert Choir photo by Alison Harbaugh; photo by Cara Fleck; Maryland Opera Studio photo by Cory Weaver


“Students get intensive training in acting, improvisation and movement from superb professionals. These skills build on their vocal training given by the UMD School of Music’s phenomenal voice faculty.” ANDREW ADELSBERGER, MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO (2008) Photos this page by Cory Weaver



As both a graduate degree program and a performance ensemble within the Voice/Opera Division of the School of Music, the Maryland Opera Studio offers a complete curriculum in all areas of vocal and theatrical training in preparation for a professional career. Academic classes include music history, opera repertoire, music theory and research. Practical training includes classes in acting, improvisation, movement, dance, stage combat, scene study, and Shakespeare. There are, in addition, specialty workshops on mime, mask, and period costumes. An audition workshop and periodic mock auditions prepare students for their entry into the professional world.

New Works Initiative

The Maryland Opera Studio is committed to commissioning and producing new operas. The process allows young singers to collaborate with living composers and librettists. World premieres produced by the Maryland Opera Studio with support from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the University of Maryland School of Music include Later the Same Evening by John Musto and Mark Campbell and Shadowboxer by Frank Proto and John Chenault. Professional Opportunities

The I-95 corridor is rich with performance opportunities. Many Maryland Opera students perform with regional opera companies and professional choral ensembles. Most students find a weekly paid church choir section leader position, which may also include opportunities to perform master works or solo recitals. Local arts presenters also may hire the entire Studio or individual members for guest appearances at concerts and events.

Program Structure:

In a carefully designed four-semester program, students progress from arias to scenes to complete roles. Operas are chosen to reflect the students’ talents, and Maryland Opera Studio members never have to audition for roles.

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: ANDREA HILL Maryland Opera Studio (2004) Krista/e Makropoulos Affair at Opéra National de Paris; Hansel/Hansel and Gretel at Le Palais Garnier; La Scala Debut April 2014, Zweite Mägd/Elektra

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Visiting Artists rough the Clarice Smith Center’s visiting artist program, Jazz students work with artists on the cutting edge of jazz performance. Recent visitors include: WAYNE SHORTER






BOBBY MCFERRIN Facing page photo by Alison Harbaugh

JAZZ STUDIES The Jazz Studies program offers students several performance opportunities both on and off campus, as well as courses in Jazz History, Theory, Improvisation, Composition and Arranging to foster a well-rounded performer and scholar. Jazz Bands and Combos

The UMD School of Music jazz ensembles perform music from traditional jazz repertoire, as well as new compositions and arrangements from UMD students and faculty.

The UMD Jazz Ensemble, the primary jazz big band for both Jazz and Music majors, is one of only three elite bands invited to perform annually at the University of the District of Coumbia’s Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival, one of the most anticipated events on Washington DC’s jazz calendar. The UMD Jazz Lab Band includes Jazz and Music majors, as well as advanced non-majors.

The University Jazz Band draws students from all majors on campus.

The UMD Chamber Jazz Combos comprise six to seven Music majors, and perform both favorite jazz standards and new tunes arranged by UMD Jazz majors.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to six performances per year at the Clarice Smith Center, the UMD School of Music jazz ensembles give outreach concerts at regional schools and venues such as the National Archives, DC Public Library and National Building Museum, as well as local schools and UMD campus-wide events.

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: KEVIN PACE MM Jazz Double Bass (2005) Director of DC Jazz Composers Collective, winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, award-winning jazz composer, Adjunct Faculty at Northern Virginia Community College

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PIANO Talented pianists from across the country and around the world are drawn to the UMD School of Music to study in our prestigious Piano Division. More than 100 students audition each year for admission into this selective program. Our world-renowned piano faculty are diverse in their repertoire focus, maintain active performance and workshop schedules and have several recordings to their credit.

The Piano Division also includes the Graduate program in Collaborative Piano. Students in this program receive extensive experience accompanying opera, choirs and soloists, playing with orchestras and participating in a wide range of chamber music. They graduate prepared for a professional collaborative career.

Professional Opportunities

The Washington DC-Baltimore corridor offers an abundance of performance and teaching opportunities for pianists. Students teach in local community music schools, maintain private studios, accompany church choirs and perform at venues such as the Kennedy Center and the Arts Club of Washington.

Above, photos by Alison Harbaugh and Cory Weaver; facing page photos courtey of UMD School of Music

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: SHELBY SENDER DMA Piano Performance (2013), performed the

TESSA HARTLE MM Collaborative Piano (2009) is a freelance voice

Berg Sonata in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on a concert sponsored by the Adamant Music School. During the summer of 2013, she worked as sta pianist at the Crescendo Summer Institute music festival in Hungary.

coach/repetiteur. She is regularly engaged with the Sarasota Opera, and has worked for the Opera î Žeatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera North.

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We prepare music educators for leadership positions in a diverse society. Students achieve the highest standards of musicianship and benefit from a supportive learning community within the School of Music and the University. Graduates earn a Maryland state-approved certification that is reciprocal in most states. Learning to Teach by Teaching

From their first semester, undergraduate Music Education students gain practical experience by working with students of all ages and accomplished local school teachers.

Senior Year: One semester of pre-student teaching acclimates students to the schools where they student teach in their final semester. The students gain the advantage of experiencing a full school year cycle with their students and their cooperating teachers.

Sophomore Year: Students team-teach in group settings on campus in their areas of specialization — vocal or instrumental.

Music Education students take all of the courses offered to Music Performance majors, including ensembles, chamber music, theory and history, and hour-long private lessons. Many students pursue both the Bachelor of Music Education and the Bachelor of Music Performance, through a combined 4.5-year degree program.

Undergraduate Degree Options

Freshman Year: Students perform observations in local schools at all grade levels and are given a week-long placement in one school where they participate in classroom activities and rehearsals.

Junior Year: Students are given weekly, half-day placements in elementary and secondary schools in both semesters.

Graduate Degree Options

Graduate students can attain a PhD or Master of Music Education degree and still work full-time by taking one course per semester during the academic year.

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: ADAM STEPHENS BME Saxophone (2011) received the 2013 Rising Star Teacher of the Year Award as a second-year teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. î Žis award honors a first- or second-year teacher whose creativity and enthusiasm encourages students to stretch themselves and achieve more.

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Clockwise from top: photo by Cara Fleck; Kronos Quartet photo by Jared Schaubert; composition courtesy of UMD School of Music; photo by Cara Fleck



The UMD School of Music supports the study, performance and creation of new music and considers new works an essential contribution to innovation in a large research university. Outside the School, students enjoy the lively contemporary music scene in the Washington DC-Baltimore corridor, which is home to the 21st Century Consort, PostClassical Ensemble and VERGE Ensemble. Students in Music Theory can choose from a variety of courses, including Schenkerian analysis, post-tonal and twelve-tone theory, theory of analysis and special topics such as theories of rhythm and meter and analysis of works by 20th-century American composers.

premiered by artists such as the Kronos Quartet and Bang On a Can. The UMD Symphony Orchestra, UMD Wind Orchestra and Maryland Opera Studio read works by student composers, and program them on public concerts.

Performance Opportunities

The UMD School of Music provides composition students with a range of opportunities for performance and collaboration:

New Music at Maryland: This semesterly performance showcases new works from composition students premiered by student instrumentalists and vocalists.

The Walsum Competition: This biennial competition recognizes excellence in composition with a cash prize and a performance or public reading by a major ensemble or professional performers.

TEMPO: Organized and run by UMD School of Music graduate composition students, TEMPO performs works written during the last 50 years by well-known and emerging composers.

Composition students also have the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary projects with Theatre and Dance students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, also housed in the Clarice Smith Center.

Special Collaborations: Through the Clarice Smith Center’s visiting artist program, composition students have collaborated with and heard their works

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: DALE TRUMBORE’s BM Composition (2009) music has been performed by such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet, ACME and USC ornton Symphony. Organizations including the American Choral Directors Association have commissioned new works from Trumbore. She is the winner of an American Composers Forum Subito grant and the Artist-in-Residence Grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Her piece for chorus, the whole sea in motion, has been published by G. Schirmer.

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Clockwise from top: Gamelan Ensemble photo by Ian Saunders; Korean Percussion Ensemble photo by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen; Gamelan Ensemble photo by Ian Saunders; Korean Percussion Ensemble photo by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen



As members of a single division that offers graduate degrees in both Musicology and Ethnomusicology, students in these degree programs benefit from a diverse array of distinguished faculty. The selective program’s modest size allows students to receive an extraordinary amount of individual attention from our faculty, whose areas of expertise include the art and popular musics of Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East, with approaches ranging from manuscript studies to semiotics. Students in the program also benefit from the rich resources of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and the many musical collections located in the Washington-Baltimore region. The Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology emphasizes pedagogy as a fundamental aspect of graduate training and graduate students (both Masters and PhD) work closely with faculty mentors to develop their teaching skills in a variety of settings, from small discussion sections to large lecture classes for both music majors and non-majors. As they work through their degree program, students may have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses on the history of European classical music, American popular music and non-Western music.

Professional Opportunities

The UMD School of Music provides students with opportunities to hone their teaching, writing and presenting skills.

Students can select from a diverse roster of seminar topics. Recent courses have focused on: • Current Analytical and Critical Approaches to Popular Music

• Music in Medieval and Renaissance Cities

• Editing and Performing Handel’s Operas

As adjunct instructors, University of Maryland graduate students teach many courses at universities and community colleges throughout the DC metro area.

• The Music of Egypt and Turkey

Students are often invited to work with a faculty member to craft program notes and pre-concert lectures for widely attended UMD School of Music performances.

OUR GRADUATES ENJOY SUCCESS: FRANK LATINO PhD candidate in Musicology, was awarded a Fulbright grant for 2011-2012 to continue his research in Germany on the life and work of pianist-composer Walter Gieseking (1895–1956). A CD he produced for Centaur Records (released in 2013) features the premiere recordings of more than twenty of Gieseking’s unpublished compositions, which were performed by eight graduate students from the UMD School of Music.

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We’re looking for a different kind of student. “People tend to be rather accepting and understanding of the time that I need to make my career happen — not just to be a student now and a professional later, but to bridge the gap. This is something that I haven’t discovered at any of the other institutions in which I’ve studied.”


“This school really lets us know about the many paths you can take beyond the orchestral jobs that everyone wants.”


“The big question was if I wanted to go to a state school or a conservatory. I’m glad I came to a state school. There is a conservatory feeling within the UMD School of Music. But, we also take classes across campus, which gets you out and about. You’re not with the same people all the time.”


“Through the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, I’ve been able to perform in France and at the Kennedy Center and a lot of places that I don’t think I would’ve had the chance to perform if I hadn’t been here.”



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