July 16, 2014 - 4:04PM -


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.”

June 23, 2014 - 3:03PM -
Megan Pagado

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.”

June 23, 2014 - 9:09AM -
Megan Pagado

It takes a fearless group of committed theatre artists to redirect the course of women’s roles in their craft. Since joining the Big Ten Conference, UMD is now part of that revolution.

June 20, 2014 - 9:09AM -
Megan Pagado

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.

June 19, 2014 - 5:05PM -
Megan Pagado

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.

June 18, 2014 - 12:12PM -

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).

May 22, 2014 - 1:01PM -
Megan Pagado

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.

May 21, 2014 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

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May 1, 2014 - 3:03PM -

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

For college students looking for their first taste of opera, Die Fledermaus has it all. 

Die Fledermaus is a classic comedy, filled with mistaken and hidden identities, lovable pranksters and lots and lots of champagne.  With German arias and spoken dialogue in English, it’s quick, witty and engaging for the audience.

Katie Baughman was a standout as Adele, Eisenstein’s chambermaid, who sneaks off to the party and pretends to be a distinguished lady. In “Mein Herr Marquis, ein Mann wie Sie,” she runs into Eisenstein at the party and mocks him for thinking she is his chambermaid. Her voice is agile, resonant and sparkly, perfect for Strauss.

April 30, 2014 - 3:03PM -
Missy McTamney

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.