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Our orchestras offer varied performance opportunities for the UMD community. The ensembles are grounded in the core repertory while looking to the future through the commissioning of new works and the exploration of works by underrepresented composers.

UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO)

Through its committed and polished performances led by Director of Orchestral Activities David Neely, UMSO is dedicated to the power of musical communication. In its repertoire, the orchestra explores the intersection between traditional symphonic masterworks and marginalized works from various eras, with many programs featuring composers of diverse backgrounds deserving of overdue recognition.

UMD Wind Orchestra (UMWO)

Led by Michael Votta, Jr., UMWO is a leading voice among collegiate ensembles in premiering new works for winds. Often featuring faculty soloists and world-premieres of new works and masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, UMWO has performed in side-by-side collaborations with major professional ensembles and has performed by invitation at international, national and regional conferences.

UMD Repertoire Orchestra (UMRO)

Conducted by graduate students of the conducting studio, UMRO is the all-campus and non-music major orchestra here at UMD. It is comprised of students in non-music degree programs as diverse as engineering, math, journalism, English, computer science, physics and more, music minors, music majors in piano or composition, faculty and staff in non-music areas and affiliated community members.

UMRO rehearsals take place in the School of Music wing of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Room 1230, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. UMRO performs two concerts per semester in the Dekelboum Concert Hall, the 760-seat venue in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

If you have played in high school orchestra, a local youth orchestra or have taken private lessons on your instrument for several years, you are a perfect fit for UMRO! If you are just learning your instrument, the UMRO repertoire will likely be too challenging. The repertoire often focuses on the integration of symphonic masterworks with repertoire by women, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ composers. 

If you are interested in joining UMRO, please email

Repertoire From Past Seasons:


Opera at the Symphony!
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Smetana: "Three Dances" from The Bartered Bride
Bizet: Suites No. 1 and 2 from Carmen

Their Time Has Come: Music by Women Composers
Boulanger: D’un soir triste
Chaminade: Flute Concertino
Price: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor


Songs of War
Still: In Memoriam “The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy”
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Elgar: Cello Concerto

Beethoven 5 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Dvořák: The Noonday Witch
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

UMRO did not perform during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


One America
Tate: Chokfi’
Jolley: The Ferry Crossing
Frank: Elegía Andina
Bonds: Montgomery Variations

UMD Symphony Orchestra Director

David Neely

Associate Professor, Conducting & Ensembles

2116 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-6716

UMD Wind Orchestra Director

Michael Votta

Professor, Conducting & Ensembles
Director, Bands
Director, UMD Wind Orchestra

2531 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5544

UMD Repertoire Orchestra

For inquiries, please contact

Orchestra Staff

Mark Wakefield

Instrumental Ensembles Manager, School of Music

2123 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5572

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