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The UMD Concert Choir is a symphonic choir that frequently collaborates with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform at top venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

The UMD Concert Choir is a 100-voice symphonic choir that has become the ensemble of choice for both the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in repertoire such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Brahms Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms and the War Requiem of Benjamin Britten. The UMD Concert Choir has worked with conductors including Marin Alsop, Helmuth Rilling, Donald Runnicles, Masaaki Suzuki, James Conlon and Markus Stenz, among many others.

In 2018, the UMD Concert Choir triumphed in performances of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Gianandrea Noseda and the NSO.

In May 2019, the UMD Concert Choir appeared with Noseda and the NSO at Carnegie Hall in New York City performing the Rossini Stabat Mater and the Dante Symphony of Franz Liszt. Critics of the performance described the chorus as “outstanding throughout, beautifully controlled and responsive,” with “a full range of dynamics” and “perfectly tuned chromatic lines and crisply unified staccato attacks.”

Most recently, the UMD Concert Choir sang skillfully and beautifully with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and James Conlon, performing the Kaddish Symphony by Leonard Bernstein.  The spring of 2024, the choir will again collaborate with the Baltimore Symphony.

On campus at The Clarice, the UMD Concert Choir has performed masterworks including the Bach Magnificat and Weinachts Oratorium, Mahler Symphony No. 2, the Verdi Requiem and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri.

UMD Concert Choir Director

Jason Max Ferdinand

Associate Professor, Voice & Opera
Associate Professor, Conducting & Ensembles
Director, Choral Activities
Director, UMD Chamber Singers
Director, UMD Concert Choir

2118 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742