The University of Maryland Concert Choir comprises singers chosen by audition from across the College Park campus. Under the direction of Edward Maclary the ensemble has established a national reputation for excellence in the performance of a wide range of symphonic literature.
The UMD Concert Choir made its debut in 2013 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Marin Alsop in performances of Britten’s monumental War Requiem to mark the composer’s centenary. During the 2014 – 15 season the choir performed the Mozart Mass in C minor under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki. In 2016 the ensemble returned for widely hailed performances of Ein deutsches Requiem of Brahms led by BSO Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz and last spring appeared with Marin Alsop and the BSO for the Arvo Pärt Credo and the Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky. Their most recent collaboration with the BSO was the Mozart Requiem in December 2017, also with Marin Alsop.
Among the ensemble’s many other collaborations with major conductors, significant ones have included the Bach St. Matthew Passion with Helmuth Rilling, the Duruflé Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Bach Mass in B minor with Iván Fischer. They will return to the Kennedy Center in March 2018 for performances of John Adams’ The Gospel according to the other Mary with the NSO and that ensemble’s new music director Gianandrea Noseda.