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Music Department


The Hill is most definitely alive with the sound of music. The Music Department provides myriad opportunities for students to develop their talents in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass and strings, as well as both single and double reeds. The music program also offers courses in music theory and composition, arranging and orchestration, music history, world musics, and popular musics. Recitals and concerts are performed each semester by such groups as the College Choir, Gospel Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and many others.

"[The best classes ever were] Definitely College Choir, A Cappella, and Gospel Choir. I absolutely love my Chemistry courses, but nothing beats letting go of all the day’s troubles through music. Singing is a big aspect of my life and I feel it’s the time spent relaxing and singing that truly helps me excel in my other classes. The best part about singing at McDaniel is the openness of the choirs. Anyone can join, and even if you think you can’t sing, if you have the passion then that’s all that really matters. Everybody in the choirs is amazing and it’s an extremely friendly environment. I can say for a fact that the best classes at McDaniel are the choirs!"

Lauren Logue '24
Photo of students playing drums in a classroom.

Popular class teaches students West African drumming and culture

McDaniel students are learning to groove on the djembe drum in the course West African Drumming Culture, taught by Paco Samb, senior adjunct lecturer and Senegalese griot. Through drums songs and dance, they learn about the history and culture of West Africa.

November 2020 Westminster Symphony Orchestra Virtual Performance Project

The Westminster Symphony Orchestra presents the Largo movement from Antonín Leopold Dvořák's New World Symphony. Due to the global pandemic, members of the WSO, made up of McDaniel College students/faculty, Carroll Community College students and faculty member Cindy Rosenberg, as well as members from our surrounding community, were not able to rehearse together. It’s a “new world” for everyone, including musicians and they had to learn how to continue making music. This video is the result—their virtual performance. The WSO is supported by both McDaniel College and Carroll Community College.

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Glenn Caldwell

Department Chair