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Orchestra Performance

Music Department


The Hill is most definitely alive with the sound of music. The Music Department provides myriad opportunities for both majors and non-majors 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.

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