Ways to Perform
Frequently Asked Questions
The department strives to present to students a full range of musical opportunities. Their studies, in both academics and performance, are guided with a high level of personal attention by musicians of the first rank.
Do you have a good teacher for the instrument I play? What about composing? What else do you have?
May I play in an ensemble or take private lessons even if I am not majoring in music?
What ensembles do you have at St. Mary’s College of Maryland?
How do I get into an instrumental ensemble?
How do I get into any of the choirs? What about private voice lessons?
How do I get private instrumental lessons?
How do I find out about the place and time for auditions for getting into ensembles or for private lessons?
As noted above, the auditions for chamber singers, choir, and private vocal lessons occur as a single audition, and the time for these auditions (usually two times during the first week of classes) is posted on bulletin boards along the music hallway and in the glass case outside of MH Room 25.If information is missing or unclear, you can check with the Music Office (MH 23). The person in there will be able to help you.
Orchestra – Jeffrey Silberschlag, conductor
Choir – Larry Vote, conductor
Chamber Singers – Larry Vote, conductor
Ping – Larry Vote, conductor
Jazz Ensemble – Don Stapleson, director
Jazz Combos – Don Stapleson, director
Chamber Music and Small Ensembles
As in most colleges and universities, Music and Dramatic Arts are completely different departments, with different outlooks and philosophies. And yet, every year we put on a Broadway-style cabaret evening, with students performing popular songs accompanied by a jazz combo; and every three or four years, we combine forces to put on a musical. Recent productions have included “Working,” “Hair,” “Three Penny Opera,” and “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.” Our vocal teachers have techniques based in the traditions of classical music, but they also have ability in and knowledge of Broadway and other popular styles. People interested in musical theater are perhaps best served at St. Mary’s College of Maryland by pursuing a double major (Music and Dramatic Arts). They come away with a solid and thorough training in classical music and traditional theater, and so, find themselves with a rich and varied background that widens horizons and increases post-graduate opportunities.
The River Concert Series
Every summer, the Chesapeake Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Jeffrey Silberschlag, plays a six-concert series on Friday evenings in June and July. The programs include music from the heart of the standard orchestral repertoire, including, in recent seasons, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 1 and 5, Bruch’s Violin Concerto (with Lara St. John), Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Strauss’s Thus Spake Zarathustra and Till Eulenspiegel, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 (with Leon Bates) and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 (with Jon Nakamatsu). New music has included Kenji Bunch’s Hardware Concerto (with the Ahn Trio) and Jeffrey Mumford’s “verdant and shimmering air,” and much else, including world premieres of music by William Thomas McKinley written for Ben Bradlee as narrator (What the Presidents Said), David Froom (Songs of a Summer Evening, Striking Silver), Scott Wheeler (Gradualia, a piano concerto for Eliza Garth) and Louis Karchin (Chesapeake Overture).
The principle players in this full-size, professional orchestra are the music faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Student musicians play alongside SMCM faculty and other fine musicians, drawn from among the best players of the Baltimore/Washington region, Our students are involved in every part of this series. Those students whose interest includes arts management are paid for the full range of behind the scenes work. Students who are interested in performance are, as appropriate, hired to play in the orchestra. It is possible to do both of these.
For details about these and other international or domestic opportunities for SMCM music students, please speak with any of the full-time music faculty. For students with special or particular interests involving work or study in the US or abroad, we have been able to help create custom programs of study. Please come to us with your ideas, and we will try to help.