The Resident Companies of Maryland Hall
As the region’s cultural core, Maryland Hall offers a myriad of opportunities for artists and arts organizations to interact with and be a part of the region’s arts community. With collaboration as a founding principle, Maryland Hall has four Resident Companies, each of whom present a variety of professional and high caliber programming year-round including major performances, lectures, school field trips, galas and more. We are the proud home of the region’s top performing arts organizations:
Annapolis Chorale/Live Arts Maryland
Founding Resident Company | Artistic Director: J. Ernest Green
Live Arts Maryland is home to The Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the St. Anne’s Concert Series and the local presenter of the Washington Symphonic Brass. Its mission is to enhance community life through performing and producing a wide variety of music. Live Arts Maryland is also home to a vibrant music education program for musicians of all ages. For young singers, the organization includes the Annapolis Youth Chorus, the MusicWorks School partnership and an apprentice program for qualified high-school music students.
Founding Resident Company | Artistic and Music Director: Craig Kier
Annapolis Opera, founded in 1972, was formed and organized to develop and maintain a professional opera company of artistic excellence for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. It is intended to provide emerging artists of outstanding potential from the Mid-Atlantic region with performance and professional development activities. Annapolis Opera also provides an educational program which serves area residents from elementary school children to senior citizens.
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
Joined as Resident Company in 1987 | Music Director José-Luis Novo
Formed in 1962, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro José-Luis Novo, continues to rise in excellence and national reputation, performing Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Family concerts, and special events. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra reaches thousands annually with its free Pops in the Park concert, joint concerts with the United States Naval Academy, and collaborative projects with other arts organizations and touring headliners. Additionally, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performs education concerts and outreach programs in community schools, sharing the joy of music-making with thousands of school children.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Founding Resident Company | Artistic Director: Nicole Kelsch
Originally named The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, the organization was founded in November 1978 and achieved professional status in 1996. In 2000, the name was changed to Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Inc. (BTM) to fulfill a new mission of serving the State of Maryland. As the state’s premier professional ballet company, BTM employs a roster of full time professional dancers from around the world and presents full-length professional ballet performances each season of both classical and contemporary works. BTM is committed to bringing the joy of dance to communities across the state through performances for underserved audiences; lecture/demonstrations or “Informances” at schools, libraries and community groups; an Apprenticeship Training Program; and through BTM’s Conservatory of Classical and Contemporary Dance, offering dance training for students ages 2 to adult.