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Department Overview
Welcome to the Music Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Whether you are looking for concerts to attend, or information about entering and auditioning as a music major at UMBC, I hope you will find this site useful.

UMBC's Music Department provides the one-on-one attention undergraduates need to flourish as young musicians within the resources of a small research university. We provide excellent large ensembles that unite musicians from across campus, regardless of major (the UMBC Symphony, the UMBC Wind Ensemble, Camerata, The Jubilee Singers, and The Jazz Ensemble), balanced with small classes in music theory, musicianship, music history, music education.  In addition, small performing ensembles such as Chamber Players, the New Music Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble, the Vocal Arts Ensemble (opera scenes), and a number of jazz combos, allow students to hone their musical skills in a small group setting. In addition, our music technology emphasis is the oldest and most developed program of its kind among state universities in Maryland.

UMBC music faculty are renowned musicians who also love to teach. We are especially keen to build entrepreneurial skills in our students so that they are prepared to contribute as musicians to societies of the 21st-century as highly-skilled innovators. Examples of this initiative include our Arts in Education course (modeled on the Lincoln Center program in New York), a Careers in Music course, and a number of internships and side-by-side collaborations with our faculty and other professional musicians.

We also value international experiences for our students. The Department has established an exchange program with the Nicolini Conservatorio in Piacenza, Italy (located only 1 hour from Milan!), where students can study for a semester. And a new program in Taiwan is in the planning stages!

So, whatever your musical interest or expertise, please visit us! We look forward to meeting you!!

Dr. E. Michael Richards
Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Music


Mission Statement - Department of Music

Provide a dynamic learning environment that stimulates the highest standards of research, innovation, and leadership in music composition, teaching, performance, technology, eduction, and advocacy.

Vision Statement

Foster a society which values music as both part of a universal education, and as an essential expression of the human experience and spirit.

Goals and Objectives

1) Promote the highest levels of human aspiration and artistic integrity through the composition, documentation, and performance of music.

2) Develop an analytical, creative, and intuitive understanding of music as a cultural language.

3) Afford students opportunities for cultural and aesthetic experiences through active participation in music, to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts, and of the interaction between music and the liberal arts.

4) Enrich the campus and the region through concerts, workshops, and other public events, and provide opportunities for traditional and contemporary musical expression by students, faculty, guest artists, and members of the community.

5) Serve the University System of Maryland, the state, and the nation as an internationally recognized center for cutting-edge research in contemporary art-music throught creative work in music technology, composition, and performance.

6) Promote and support student research and collaborations, often conducted jointly with faculty through publications and performances.

7) Provide opportunities and guidance to prepare our students for a professional life in music through mentorship, internships, entrepreneurial experience, and training as educators.

8) Promote diversity among our faculty and students

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