June 26, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

Watch the video above to learn more about School of Music's fearless students and the paths they're trailblazing.  

Update: Support scholarships for performing arts Terps. Today is Scholarship Day!

June 24, 2013 - 2:02PM -
Megan Pagado

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is cultivating teaching artists. Watch the video above to learn more about the MFA Candidates, why they chose to pursue graduate-level studies at TDPS and how their passions and art intersect.

June 20, 2013 - 10:10AM -
Missy McTamney

2013 National Orchestral Institute

The classical music world is exploding with change. Each day, we experience new ways to present classical music, hear emerging composers changing the landscape and witness surprising ways to appreciate this sublime art form. It’s vital that young aspiring performers genuinely understand why classical music is changing so they can apply this insight to their own performance and artistry.    

June 17, 2013 - 3:03PM -
Missy McTamney

Sarah York has been a student at the University of Maryland School of Music since 2007 and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Violin Performance. This is Sarah’s first time attending and blogging about the National Orchestral Institute.

Sarah York

Sarah York

Although this is the National Orchestral Institute, and we will be playing a number of monumental full orchestra works under some great conductors in the next month, our first week focused on working in small chamber groups and three unconducted chamber orchestras.

I’ve learned, especially sitting on the last stand of second violins, that every player is responsible for propelling the music forward, and if we wait for others to move, the music loses its momentum.

June 13, 2013 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

If you are planning on attending any of National Orchestral Institute's free Open Rehearsals, please note that only paid parking options are available to visitors during the daytime:

May 14, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

The UMD School of Music’s National Orchestral Institute and Festival (NOI) welcomes nearly 100 talented orchestral musicians for four weeks of dynamic music-making, June 6–29, 2013, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

May 10, 2013 - 11:11AM -
Megan Pagado

eighth blackbird

Photo by Luke Ratray

Contemporary chamber music rockstars eighth blackbird performed here at the Center in March and were even kind enough to compile a playlist of some of their favorite music!

Click here to listen to it, and keep reading for their comments on some of their selections.

May 9, 2013 - 12:12PM -
Missy McTamney

Your Brain on Dance

Photo by Janie Green

It was during a flamenco class at the University of Maryland that School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies professor Karen Kohn Bradley and Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal realized they shared a common interest in movement analysis.  Curious about the effects that dancing has on the brain, the duo ultimately decided to take their mutual interest to the next step and conduct experiments into what changes happen in the brain when a person dances.

Their project, which Bradley calls “Your Brain on Dance: The neural symphony of expressive movement” explores ways the body expresses personality, emotions and beliefs through movement, and the ways in which movement changes the brain.  Bradley and Contreras-Vidal selected a number of skilled dancers to don an EEG brain cap. This enabled them to examine the effects that dancing has on the brain.

May 8, 2013 - 10:10AM -

La Boheme

La Bohème photo by C. Stanley

Bringing to life one of the most beloved (and most produced) operas in the history of the art form is a daunting task but, in the capable hands of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ scenic designer and MFA candidate Jake Ewonus, La Bohème springs vividly to life. I sat down with Jake to ask about his experiences designing the show.

May 7, 2013 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado

The livestream of A Meeting of Two Oceans: Dialogue on Sufism and Buddhism will be viewable through this link on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 between 1:45PM and 3PM EST. Please note that Microsoft Silverlight must be installed