November 17, 2016 - 2:02PM -

For nearly 30 years, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival has been a training ground for orchestral musicians on the precipice of their professional careers. NOI alumni occupy positions in nearly every major American orchestra as well as numerous positions in premiere service bands. Many others are teachers, college professors and arts administrators.

November 8, 2016 - 4:04PM -

This blog post is by Chelsey McLaughlin, a senior theatre major.

Photo by Stan Barouh

October 20, 2016 - 9:09AM -
Jessica Pettit

This blog post is by Chelsey McLaughlin, a senior theatre major.

Photo by Stan Barouh

September 19, 2016 - 5:05PM -
Jessica Pettit

Leah Cox photo by Jim Urquhart; Keith A. Thompson photo by Jaclyn Borowski


September 14, 2016 - 4:04PM -
Jessica Pettit

American composer and pianist Martin Hennessy has been named winner of the first annual University of Maryland (UMD) Opera Composition Contest. As the recipient of this award, Hennessy will receive a commissioning grant to collaborate with librettist Tom Rowan on their adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King, a parable that addresses wealth and income inequality.

September 8, 2016 - 12:12PM -

72-Hour Composition Project inspires new music

By Emily Schweich

Photo by Dylan Singleton 

July 19, 2016 - 4:04PM -
Sara Wright

We’ve transitioned to new ticketing software this summer, so when you’re visiting our website for the first time for the upcoming season, you’ll need to reset your password in order to access the information in your account from our old system. We’ve outlined the steps to take below, but as always, if you have any questions or need help, our ticket office is just a phone call or email away: 301.405.2787 or

June 23, 2016 - 12:12PM -


This July, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival releases its first live recording on the internationally renowned Naxos record label. The release marks the festival’s official entry into the global classical music market.

April 26, 2016 - 9:09AM -

This blog post is by David Wagner, clarinetist and member of the Maryland Community Band.

Maryland Community Band

Maryland Community Band photo by Ken Rubin