Edward Maclary is the conductor of the UMD Chamber Singers, the most elite of the School of Music’s six choral ensembles. The UMD Chamber Singers have won prizes in top international competitions and are now regarded as one of the leading choral ensembles in the United States. In 2011 the group was awarded the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for Renaissance performance at the 40th Florilège Vocal de Tours and Maclary was honored as the competition’s “Chef de Choeur.” In August 2014 he will lead the UMD Chamber Singers in performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea.
Since 2003 the UMD Choirs have maintained an annual collaborative relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Creation. In 2013 the UMD Concert Choir joined with the NSO and their Music Director Christoph Eschenbach for performances of the Mozart Requiem. Also in 2013 the UMD Concert Choir sang for the first time with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in acclaimed performances of the Britten War Requiem, led by Music Director Marin Alsop. In 2014 the UMD Concert Choir will return to the NSO for Bach Cantatas with Helmuth Rilling and in 2015 to the BSO for the Mozart C minor Mass with Masaaki Suzuki. Edward Maclary has also served as the chorus master for conductors such as Robert Shaw, Iván Fischer, Robert Spano, Matthew Halls and Bobby McFerrin.
Regarded as an outstanding clinician and educator, Edward Maclary maintains an active schedule as guest conductor for choral festivals and honors choirs throughout the United States and around the world. In 2012 he conducted the ACDA Central Division Collegiate Honors Choir and the Pennsylvania All-State Choir. In 2013 he served as the artist in residence for the Eastman School of Music Summer Choral Institute. As the director of the graduate conducting program at the University of Maryland, he has built a nationally recognized course of study and graduates from the program are now in leadership positions at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Edward Maclary received his doctoral degree in conducting with honors from the Indiana University School of Music after having been awarded a graduate degree in musicology from Boston University. In the following years he worked closely on many projects with Robert Shaw and also studied and collaborated with Helmuth Rilling, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Page.