College of Southern Maryland
Fine Arts Center Box Office
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
240-725-5499, ext. 7828
443-550-6199, ext. 7828
301-870-2309, ext. 7828
Box Office Hours:
Monday & Friday: hours vary
Tuesday: 2 - 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday:
12 - 5 p.m.
and one (1) hour prior to each performance
Hours vary during summer months
Checks payable to CSM
CSM's campuses are accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advanced notice. If you are interested in these services, please contact the academic support or ADA coordinator at 301-934-7614.
CSM offers a variety of music ensembles for all who wish to experience the teamwork of ensemble performing. Membership in the ensembles ranges from students earning college credit or training for musical careers to community members participating for sheer enjoyment and enrichment. Beginning this season, CSM’s ensemble concert series will include concerts at the Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. Ensembles also occasionally perform in the community and local schools in public outreach programs.
Fall Ensemble Combo Ticket: for those who want to attend all six (6) Fall 2013 concerts on the La Plata Campus (Concert Band, Faculty Music Showcase, Chorale , Barbershop, Latin Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble); all ages, $20. Please contact the Box Office for more information or click here.
NEW! SPRING Ensemble Combo Ticket: Eight (8) Spring 2014 Concerts on the La Plata Campus (Concert Band, Faculty Music Showcase, Chorale, Barbershop, Latin Music Festival (2 concerts), and Jazz Festival (2 concerts); all ages, $30. Please contact the Box Office for more information or click here.
The Southern Maryland Concert Band (SMCB), under the direction of Michael Peerless, will continue its collaboration with CSM’s music program in a pair of performances on the La Plata Campus. CSM students will be able to join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit. The Concert Band puts on themed concerts several times a year; recent performances have included a Celtic concert with popular Celtic band The Rogues and “Oktoberfest in July.” Its inaugural concert in the CSM music program in the spring was a patriotic showcase of marches, Broadway tunes, and other American genres.
Faculty Music Showcases by CSM Faculty
Each semester, CSM faculty musicians are joined by guest artists from the community for a showcase recital. This year’s fall recital will feature a faculty trio and other chamber groups in performances of the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries. The spring showcase will spotlight David Constantine, of “The President’s Own” U. S. Marine Band, who is CSM’s new percussion instructor.
Music Student Honors Recitals
Each semester, CSM’s private instructors in music select their best student musicians to perform in a public recital. Any students taking private lessons for credit who have been approved by their instructors are eligible to perform. These recitals feature a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances and represent the highest level of musicianship in the respective studios. The recitals take place during CSM’s afternoon activity period in the La Plata Campus Theatre.
$5 in advance, $7 day of concertCSM’s Chorale, under the direction of Krystal McCoy, is a mixed choir of women’s and men’s voices that performs a variety of styles, including traditional and modern choral music, gospel music, contemporary popular music, and historical styles such as the madrigal. The Chorale will perform seasonal concerts in December featuring the a cappella arrangements of Deke Sharon, who has arranged music for the NBC program “The Sing-Off.”
The spring program is entitled “Freedom in Song” and will feature Paul Halley’s Freedom Trilogy. In addition to its La Plata Campus performances, the CSM Chorale will perform the inaugural concert, in the expansion of CSM’s concert series to the Leonardtown Campus, on December 12.
Barbershop Concerts and Spring Extravaganza (CSM Barbershop Chorus)
December 6 | 8 p.m.; March 15 | 4 p.m., La Plata Campus
April 28 | 7:30 p.m., Leonardtown Campus$5 in advance, $7 day of concert
Southern Mix, directed by Paul Douglass, is a men’s barbershop chorus which rehearses and performs on CSM’s La Plata Campus. Membership is open to community members from throughout Southern Maryland and music majors studying for credit. Southern Mix will be sporting the comical side of the winter holiday season with a show of “Harmonic Schtick.” The group will venture into the world of the 1950s and 1960s doo-wop sound for its spring extravaganza on March 15. Along with guest quartets from around the region, Southern Mix will help you relive the musical memories of The Coasters, The Searchers, Elvis Presley, The Platters, and more. In addition to the three campus concerts, CSM’s barbershop group performs off-campus at local events such as county fairs, church functions, and regional competitions.
Latin Concerts and Festival (CSM Latin Ensemble)
$5 in advance, $7 day of concert
CSM’s Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché, directed by Dr. Stephen Johnson, specializes in Salsa, Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Merengue, Latin Jazz, and other musical styles of Latin America. In addition to the “big band” of twenty musicians there is a small combo of eight musicians which performs occasional off-campus events. The group is open to both CSM students and community members who have a love of Latin-American music. The December concert will focus on Salsa, Latin Jazz, and Latin-American protest songs of the 1960s and 1970s in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The annual Latin Music Festival in April will feature concerts by Ritmo Caché and a DC-area guest ensemble and will include a Latin music workshop open to the public and a free buffet of Hispanic and American fare. Ritmo Caché will repeat its festival performance at the Prince Frederick Campus on April 23.
Jazz Concerts and Festival (CSM Jazz Ensemble)
$5 in advance, $7 day of concertSolid Brass, directed by Randy Runyon, is CSM’s jazz ensemble, comprised of CSM students, local high school students, community members, and professional musicians. The ensemble performs throughout the year at local events in Southern Maryland, at a fall concert at CSM’s La Plata Campus, and hosts a two-day jazz festival at the La Plata Campus each spring. Each year’s spring jazz festival features an internationally-known guest artist. The spring festival offers workshops for local public school jazz students and ends with a concert featuring Solid Brass and the guest artist. On December 9, Solid Brass will be the first ensemble in the expansion of the ensemble concert series to the Prince Frederick Campus.