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Read on for news from the Center, the UMD School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

SOM Alumnus Leads United States Marine Band


Jason Fettig photo courtesy of the United States Marine Band

The University of Maryland School of Music is proud to announce that alumnus Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig will be appointed the 28th director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. A change of command ceremony was held July 12 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center in Alexandria, Va.

“It is an incredible privilege to be afforded the rare opportunity to stand in the shoes of the great musicians who have led this special and historic organization over the past 216 years,” said Fettig. “I am excited to continue to diversify and expand the presence of Marine Band in the artistic and educational communities, both at home and abroad.”

TDPS Alumna Enjoys Lincoln Center Debut

Erica Philpot and President Wallace Loh

Erica Philpot and President Wallace Loh photo courtesy of Erica Philpot

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies alumna Erica Philpot (B.A. Theatre Performance ’13) made her Lincoln Center debut this month in “Tales from the Silk Cotton Tree: Inner Sanctum.”

2014-2015 Season to be announced July 15!

Curious Invasion

Curious Invasion

Our 2014-2015 Season will be announced July 15th.

We open in September with the NextNOW Fest, a four-day, curated series of fun, interactive, and participatory performances by NextNOW artists and creative innovators. You will discover the next big thing through artful, interactive and unexpected experiences. If you are on our mailing list, details will arrive in your mailbox after July 22.

The last place I looked

Visible Seams

Visible Seams photo by Erica Bondarev

It happened.

Grad school happened.

Just like that.

If, of course, by “just like that” you mean like pushing a huge boulder up a monstrous mountain by leaning against it and trudging up the trail backwards so that you can never really see where you’re going and are never quite sure if and when you’ll reach the top.

You had no idea how much you needed everything that came before and you have no idea what will come next.

UMD Celebrates Newly-Renovated Dance Place with Site-Specific Performance

Sharon Mansur & Nick Bryson

Sharon Mansur photo by Zachary Z. Handler; Nick Bryson photo by Connor Buckley

Audience members will explore the newly-renovated Dance Place with INSERT [ ] HERE, a site-specific contemporary dance event featuring three performers from the University of Maryland community. The performance features TDPS alumna Erin Crawley-Woods (MFA Dance ’14) and current student Lynne Price (MFA Dance Candidate), as well as senior violin performance major Alexa Cantalupo, who will provide live music. Costumes were designed by Aryna Petrashenko (MFA Costume Design ’14) and Stephanie Miracle (MFA Dance ’14) and stage management was by Annie Choudhury (BA Theater ’09).

The Clarice Connects With Community through “Moving Maryland Forward” Grant

Moving Maryland Forward

Photos by Stephen Thomas

The Clarice is partnering with the School of Public Health on a project that will train students to gather stories of celebrations and traditions at local barbershops which serve as health education venues, and transform them into art. The initiative was awarded funding by the “Moving Maryland Forward” grants from the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

MFA Exhibition Spotlights Set, Costume and Lighting Design Talents

Spring Awakening

Experience the ingenious work of UMD's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) Masters in Fine Arts Design students as they display their theatrical creativity in costume, lighting and scenic design.

These talented students are part of a degree program in which they work with an award-winning faculty of professional designers and intern at professional theatres in Washington, Baltimore and New York.

The Clarice Receives $45,000 MAP Fund Grant for At War With Ourselves

Terence Blanchard, Nikki Finney, Kronos Quartet

Terence Blanchard photo by Nitin Vadukul; Nikky Finney photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths; Kronos Quartet photo by Jay Blakesberg

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice) at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $45,000 award from the prestigious MAP Fund’s 25th Annual Grant Fund. The award includes $40,000 — the top grant amount awarded — to support the creation of At War With Ourselves, a one-hour contemporary musical oratorio and $5,000 for the operating expenses involved in such creative development.

Chamber Singers Raise Funds for Prestigious South Korean Performance

The University of Maryland Chamber Singers are one of only twenty choirs in the world that has been chosen to participate in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music, held this August in Seoul, South Korea.


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