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.
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.
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.
Led by students of the graduate conducting studio, UMRO is a unique orchestra of musicians from across the campus that performs four full concerts each season. UMRO is open by audition to music majors and non-music majors as well as UMD faculty and staff. Repertoire varies based on instrumentation and consists of works for both chamber and full orchestra. The orchestra meets for rehearsal twice per week. Repertoire varies based on instrumentation and consists of works for chamber and full orchestra.