B.A., Syracuse University, 1988; M.M., Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, 1991; Graduate Performance Diploma, 1993; D.M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2001
B.M., American University, 1978; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1981; D.M.A., 1988
B.A., Yale University, 1992; M.M., The Julliard School, 1995; D.M.A., 2002
B.M.E., Capital University, 1985; M.M., Westminster Choir College, 1992; D.M., Indiana University, 2008
B.M., Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, 1975; M.M., Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York 1994
B.M., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 2010
B.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 2005; D.M.A., 2016; M.M., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007
Professor of the Practice
B.M., Berklee College of Music, 1992
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1979
B.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 1995; M.M., 1996
B.A., Salem College, 2005; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008; Ph.D., 2013
B.Mus., University of Western Ontario, 2009; M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 2015; Ph.D., 2020
B.M., Christopher Newport University, 2009; M.M., University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2012
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1989; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park, 1995; Ph.D. (Honorary), Eastern Theological Seminary, 2004
B.M., Syracuse University, 2013; M.M.; East Carolina University, 2015
Adjunct Associate Professor
Lisa Steltenpohl, viola
Curtis Institute of Music; The Juilliard School
B.A., University of Oregon, 1981; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1990
B.A., Brown University, 1971; M.A., 1972; M.A., 1977; D.M.A., Cornell University, 1986
Deborah Allen, collaborative piano
B.M., M.M., University of Maryland, College Park
Audrey Andrist, classical piano
B.M., University of Regina; M.M., The Julliard School, D.M.A.
Harry Appleman, jazz piano
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 1988
Tom Baldwin, jazz bass
B.M., Ithaca College, 1990
Wayne Cameron, classical trumpet
East Carolina University; Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Chandra Cervantes, French horn
B.M., San Francisco Conservatory; M.M., Northwestern University
Hui-Chuan Chen, classical piano
B.M., National Taiwan Normal University, 2004; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 2006, D.M.A., 2014
Patrick Crossland, trombone
B.M., University of Southern Mississippi, 1996; M.M., Manhattan School of Music, 1998; Postgraduate Soloist Diploma, Royal College of Music, 1999; D.M.A. University of Minnesota, 2007; Postgraduate Soloist Diploma, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Trossingen, 2009
Nicholas Currie, violin
Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Fatma Daglar, oboe
B.A., Istanbul University Conservatory of Music; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Bradley Green, composition
B.A., Campbell University; M.M., Appalachian State University; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
Yoshiaki Horiguchi, string methods
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Sammy Huh, voice
B.M., The Juilliard School; M.M., Maryland Opera Studio, University of Maryland, College Park
Seyoung Jeong, voice
B.M., M.M., Ewha Womans University; M.M., Duquesne University; D.M.A., West Virginia University; M.M., Eastman School of Music
Lori Ann Kesner, flute
B.M., Ithaca College, 1998; M.M., University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, 2000; D.M.A., 2006
Gita Ladd, cello
Curtis Institute of Music; Cleveland Institute of Music; University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music
Thomas Lagana, jazz guitar
B.A., Berklee College of Music, 1992; M.M., Towson University, 2005
Jason Love, conducting
Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Martin, music education
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.M., West Chester University
Paula Maust, harpsichord and organ
B.M., Valparaiso University; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M., D.M.A., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Noonan, jazz vibraphone
B.A., Berklee College of Music, 1984; M.M., University of North Texas, 1992
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
B.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 2006; M.M., 2007
Daniel Puckett, woodwind methods
B.M., University of Georgia; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park
Laura Ruas, double bass
B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School
Randall Riffle, clarinet
B.M., M.M., Ohio State University
Richard Spittel, bassoon
B.S., Towson University, 1976; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 1985; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1997
Scott Tiemann, jazz drums
Texas Tech University
Christian Tremblay, violin
DESM I, Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, 1997; DESM II, 1998; Graduate Performance Diploma, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; D.M.A., 2004
Nathan Williams, clarinet
Artist Diploma, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst; M.M., Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., The Julliard School
Tom Williams, jazz trumpet
Joshua Wilson, music education
B.M., Susquehanna University; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University; M.M., Boston University
Jonathan Zwi, classical guitar
B.M., B.A., Indiana University Bloomington; M.M., D.M.A., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Courses in this program are listed under MUSC.
The study of music at UMBC stresses the interdependence of theory, performance, and history. Students in the program explore the traditions of Western music, as well as examine new music and other cultures, leading to a balanced understanding of music as a universal form of human artistic expression. Opportunities to interact with artists from other creative disciplines broaden young musicians. Students in music courses, as well as in vocal and instrumental ensembles, study technical and historical aspects of music both by performing and hearing it.
Students at UMBC are given the opportunity to study and perform with professional musicians. The music department faculty bring a rich and varied background in professional performance and research to UMBC. The faculty is widely recognized for its expertise in performance, composition, and music technology.
An audition/interview before a faculty committee is required of all students wishing to major in music. The audition for the performance emphasis in voice or main instrument should include compositions that best demonstrate the student's level of ability. Specific audition requirements are available on the Music Department website: music.umbc.edu.
Career and Academic Paths
The degree prepares students for advanced study in performance, theory, music history, composition, education, or technology. Graduates typically continue on to graduate school, professional performance, teaching, research, composition, or the music industry.
Faculty advisors are available every semester for guidance in all aspects of the music curriculum.
All music majors registering for MUSC 193 , MUSC 194 , MUSC 390 , MUSC 391 , and MUSC 392 are expected to perform each semester, with the exception of the first semester of study, when public performance is at the discretion of the instructor. All other students registered for MUSC 190 may perform in a student recital upon the recommendation of their instructor. A faculty jury examination is required of all music majors enrolled in private lessons at the end of each semester.
All UMBC music ensembles are open to majors and non-majors by audition. Contact the Music Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
UMBC Symphony Orchestra
an ensemble of 75-85 musicians, performs standard orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st century. Recent performances have included symphonies of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Berlioz, and Dvorak, as well as concerto performances with visiting artist soloists. In addition, members of the Orchestra can choose to enter an annual competition to appear with the Orchestra as soloist.
a select choir of 40-50 singers, Camerata performs a wide variety of works drawn from the expansive choral repertoire: including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works. In previous seasons Camerata has accepted invitations to perform with conductor-composer John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, and provide entertainment for guests touring the White House during the holiday season.
UMBC Jazz Ensemble
is a large jazz group dedicated to the professional training and creative development of its members. Throughout the year, the group performs at concerts, special events, and festivals. Student composers and arrangers have the opportunity to have their music read, performed and recorded by the group.
UMBC Wind Ensemble
is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion performers who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature. Students are offered an opportunity to perform substantive music of various instrumentation and styles.
UMBC Chamber Players
investigates the instrumental chamber works of the Western Art Music, ranging from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic to New Music repertoire. There are monthly soirees for all of the chamber groups to come together and explore topics related to chamber music.
UMBC Collegium Musicum
is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from European Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750.
UMBC Opera Workshop
is designed for 8-15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement, and character development within the sphere of musical performance.
UMBC Small Jazz Groups
focus on the various aspects of playing in a combo which include group interaction, improvisation and developing an original group voice.
UMBC Percussion Ensemble
is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theater, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, and Carlos Chavez.
UMBC New Music Ensemble
offers an opportunity to study and perform a diverse collection of music written in the twentieth and twenty-first century. Experience ranges from duos through small chamber ensemble works with usually one on a part. Permission required and may be repeated multiple semesters.
UMBC Brass Ensemble
is a select ensemble of brass musicians coming from all academic areas. A diverse program of brass music from all historical periods is performed throughout the semester. An audition with the instructor is required.
UMBC Recording Studios
The UMBC music department's recording studios are state-of-the-art facilities for music production. Staff engineers and students record, mix and master a limitless variety of music for commercial release and for other productions.
There are many internship possibilities within the music department in which students may gain pre-professional experience in concert management, music education, pedagogy, recording, and music business.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-Degree