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.
Ensembles & Performance Groups
Camps & Lessons
The McDaniel College Summer Music Camp had a 33-year run as the best summer music program in the Mid Atlantic region. We are closing our doors, but encourage all young musicians to seek out other summer music experiences.
Student ensembles on campus are excellent opportunities for performance experience. Faculty directors are accomplished performers/scholars in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Our talented faculty practice their craft in highly regarded professional ensembles.
There are many opportunities to hear our faculty and students perform live music. Keep an ear out for performances to attend.
November 2020Westminster 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.