UMD CHAMBER SINGERS
UMD Chamber Singers is our most select choral ensemble. It specializes in music from the Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary eras.
About the UMD Chamber Singers
The UMD Chamber Singers have achieved international renown with acclaimed performances of the most challenging repertoire ranging from the 16th through the 21st centuries. The ensemble made its first European tour in 2007 with a prize-winning appearance at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2011, they won the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for the performance of Renaissance music at the 40th Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. They also appeared by invitation at the International Federation for Choral Music for acclaimed performances at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea, in 2014.
The UMD Chamber Singers collaborate frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in major works such as Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C minor. Alongside their regular symphonic collaborations, the ensemble specializes in the most significant a cappella repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, having presented masterpieces of Barber, Britten, Copland, Howells, Ives, MacMillan, Penderecki, Poulenc, Schönberg and Shaw.
In addition to performing under the leadership of founding director Edward Maclary, the UMD Chamber Singers work regularly with internationally renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Gianandrea Noseda, Matthew Halls, Laurence Cummings, James MacMillan, Nicholas McGegan and Nathalie Stutzmann. The ensemble appears frequently by invitation of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). In the fall of 2019, the UMD Chamber Singers hosted and were the featured artists for the NCCO biennial conference.