Hitting All The Right Notes

Regardless of whether you’re a beginner student or an advanced creative, you’ll easily be able to find a home within the music department at Stevenson. Opportunities to perform are consistent and year-round, ranging from classical concerts in the Inscape Theatre to energetic performances in the Mustang Stadium. Students are eligible to receive at least two SEE Fine Arts credits per class; for more information, please address inquiries to Mark Lortz, Director of Music.

Music Opportunities at Stevenson

Marching Band

The Stevenson University Marching Band is a contemporary style university marching band. Membership is open to all Stevenson University students, including non-music majors. The band uses standard woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and synthesizers, guitars, dance and color guard. The main requirement to join the SU Marching Band is a strong desire to be part of an energized university marching band!

Concert Band

The Stevenson University Concert Band, directed by Professor Mark Lortz, is comprised of non-music major students and community members. The Concert Band performs one formal concert in the spring semester. The ensemble meets one day per week, totaling two hours of rehearsal. Repertory performed includes standard wind literature and pieces to broaden musical expectations of its members. This program gives its participants the opportunity to explore different genres of music and welcomes players of all levels to join.

Pep Band

The Stevenson University Pep Band performs for the Stevenson University Men’s and Women’s basketball games. The Pep Band is cherished by fans for its spirit, support for the teams, and entertainment at games.

Drum Line and Front Ensemble

This audition-based class offered in the spring encourages percussionists to hone their skills and become a part of a premier corps-style ensemble. The group performs at one concert during the spring, but are also visible around campus at student events and open houses, along with other members of the band.

University Singers

The University Singers is a premier vocal ensemble. This co-ed group performs a wide variety of choral music, including Renaissance madrigals, classical works, show tunes, and contemporary popular music. This ensemble holds one concert per semester, while also performing at events like open houses, on-campus events, and at events within the larger Baltimore area. For more information, please contact the choral director, Beverly Gandolfo.

Greenspring Valley Orchestra

The Greenspring Valley Orchestra is an advanced classical ensemble. Stevenson students, as well as local musicians, are invited to join. The orchestra is one of the most respected organizations of its type in the Baltimore area and performs one concert per semester. For more information, please contact the orchestra director, Dr. Harlan Parker.

Ukulele Ensemble

The Ukulele Ensemble combines Hawaiian history with contemporary music. Performing in one concert per semester, this ensemble is a fun and engaging way for all students to learn more about the ukulele. For more information, please contact the ensemble director, Jared Denhard.

Visuals: Color Guard & Dance

The music department houses more than instrumentalists and vocalists; we also welcome dancers and color guard performers! The visual aspect has a major impact on show performances. Training classes are offered during the spring for both color guard and dance in preparation for the fall season.

Music Technology

For those not performing in our instrumental programs, music technology classes are also available. Taught by Professor Mark Lortz, these courses offer insight into how today’s music is produced. Through the use of state of the art music notation and editing software, students can create, edit, and produce original music.

Earn a Music Minor

Stevenson’s music minor combines performance with academic excellence, inviting students to take additional classes such as Music Technology and Music History. Students who complete this minor will graduate as a well-rounded musician and a balanced student.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Stevenson University now offers Marching Band, Color Guard, and Dance Line Scholarships. Students will need to submit a Marching Band, Color Guard, and Dance Line Scholarship application and participate in a virtual interview with Dr. Mark Lortz, Director of Music and Bands. To sign up for a virtual interview, please contact Dr. Lortz at mlortz@stevenson.edu.

Recipients of the Marching Band, Color Guard, or Dance Line Scholarships are expected to participate in their respective program for all four years. Awards are in the amount of $1,300/year (Marching Band) and $650/year; fall semester only (Color Guard and Dance Line). Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students are expected to participate in both the Fall Semester Marching Band and Spring Semester Pep/Concert Band. Awards are renewable for four years of attendance. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible to apply. Recipients are required to attend all performances, class rehearsals, and an on-site August Band Camp.

Learn more about our Marching Band, Color Guard, and Dance Line Programs

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Hitting the Right Notes

Emma Cathy Smith

Business Communication / Music Minor

 “Music is a major part of my life, and I’m thankful that Stevenson has given me the opportunity to stay involved through college.”

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For Music Inquiries
Mark Lortz
Director of Music & Assistant Professor