The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center fully integrates the University of Maryland’s academic performing arts departments into its programming. We are committed to a creative collaboration that is uncommon among university presenters.
UMD School of Music
The University of Maryland School of Music is a comprehensive, nationally recognized school combining conservatory-caliber training with high academic standards. The School’s seven divisions offer 40 majors, spanning the BA, BM, MA, MM, DMA and Ph.D. degrees. Admission is competitive. The School’s world-class faculty includes award-winning scholars, NSO players, Met vets, and chamber music specialists such as the legendary Guarneri String Quartet. The School presents over 300 performances each year.
UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) combines the artistic disciplines of Theatre and Dance and adds the new academic track of Performance Studies. Significant cross-discipline training is a cornerstone of the program, which offers degree programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. levels, including a new MFA in Performance.
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library is a 23,000 square foot research library. Its International Piano Archives at Maryland is one of the world's most extensive concentrations of piano recordings, books, scores, and related materials, including 96% of all commercial piano recordings and a two-ton computerized Bosendorfer 290SE grand piano, one of 13 in the world.