Welcome NOI 2017 Members!

2017 Member Information

Welcome to the 30th season of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival! The dates for this summer’s session are June 1– July 1, 2017. For travel information and FAQs, see below. Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get closer to May 26th.

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Arrival and departure

All NOI participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the University of Maryland. You should plan to arrive on campus by 3PM on Thursday, June 1, 2017 and depart by noon on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Directions to campus (plane, train, and car information) can be found here.

Travel to/from nearby airports

Taxicabs

The approximate cost of taxi service from our area airports are as follows:

  • Reagan National Airport: $38 (See also Metrorail service from Reagan National Airport below.)
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport: $55 (See also Metrobus and Metrorail service from Baltimore Washington International Airport below.)
  • Dulles International Airport: $75
SuperShuttle

SuperShuttle is a convenient, and often less expensive, option for traveling to campus. The approximate cost of SuperShuttle service from the airports are as follows:

  • Reagan National Airport: $32 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional guest
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport: $32 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional guest
  • Dulles International Airport: $40 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional guest
Rideshare services

Another less expensive option are rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Metrorail service from Reagan National Airport

Public transit (DC Metrorail) is available to travel from Reagan National Airport to the University of Maryland—College Park metro station. The cost is between $6.50 & $8.15 one-way varying based on time of day. This is a great option if you are traveling without too much luggage or large instruments. Once you arrive at the College Park station, you should board the Shuttle-UM bus, Route 104, which will drop you at the Regents Drive Garage. The Clarice Smith Center is just a short (10 minute) walk from the garage.

More information is available here:

Metrobus and Metrorail service from Baltimore Washington International Airport

Public transit (DC Metrobus and Metrorail) is available to travel from Baltimore Washington International Airport to the University of Maryland—College Park metro station.

First you will take the Metrobus B30 from the airport to the Greenbelt Metro station. Then you can board the Metrorail green line and travel south one stop to the College Park station. The B30 bus costs $7.00 one-way, and the train costs approximately $5.00, but may vary based on time of day.

Once you arrive at the College Park station, you should board the Shuttle-UM bus, Route 104, which will drop you at the Stamp Student Union. The Clarice Smith Center is just a short (10 minute) walk from the student union.

More information is available here:

What to do when you arrive:

Upon arrival, you should check-in at Annapolis Hall where you will receive the keys to your residence. You will also receive a parking permit for your car, if you purchased one in advance. After this, proceed to the NOI Help Desk in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. It is important to arrive on campus by 3PM so that you have time to complete all of the required check-in activities.

Campus map:

View the University of Maryland campus map.

Here are the locations that are important during your stay at NOI:

  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: Building #386
  • Residence Hall (TBD)
  • Annapolis Hall (Residence Hall Headquarters): Building #008
  • Stamp Student Union (food court and bookstore): Building #163
  • Stadium Drive Parking Garage: Building #218
  • Mowatt Lane Parking Garage: Building #404
  • Eppley Recreation Center: Building #68

Frequently asked questions

What is the housing situation while I'm at NOI?
There are two options for housing during the duration of NOI. You can elect to arrange your own off-campus housing or you can choose one of the housing options below for the indicated costs.

  • Double-Occupancy Suite Style Lodging (No Kitchen): $1,241.00
  • Double-Occupancy Apartment Room* (With Kitchen): $1,396.00
  • Single-Occupancy Suite Style Lodging* (No Kitchen): $1,551.00
  • Single-Occupancy Apartment Room* (With Kitchen): $1,613.00

All rooms are located on the University of Maryland campus in an air-conditioned dormitory or apartment. Apartment suites have a shared kitchen, while dormitory suites do not.

*Single rooms and apartments with kitchens are limited in number and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The housing selection and payment form will be sent to you mid-April.

Off campus housing websites

The housing section on Craigslist might make your parents a bit worried, but you shouldn’t completely rule out this idea. While there are many places listed on this website that are not worth it, you could find the perfect college apartment. In order to search apartments on this website, click the links that lead you to your geographical location and then look for the “housing” section. For example, prospective residents in Columbus, Ohio, have the option to look at either apartments, real estate for sale, parking/storage and much more.

 

At College Rentals, students can search for apartments in their area while narrowing down the search criteria with factors such as whether or not the apartment allows pets, whether the apartment is furnished, the price of the apartment and the apartment’s distance from campus. They also offer a blog so when you eventually do find the perfect apartment, you can find tips and tricks for off-campus living.

Rent.com has a simple search option and offers many choices regarding apartments with different locations available. The only downside is that the search only allows you to locate apartments in a city, not around a college. While this may not make a difference in smaller places, residents in places such as Columbus may have trouble finding an apartment to fit their needs.

On the housing section of Uloop, students can easily search apartments listed in their university’s area. Uloop offers a search bar so students can choose from over 1,500 college towns. Uloop is a great option because it works closely with students from many different colleges and the staff is helpful and friendly.

Some other possible options:
www.airbnb.com (300 + rentals currently in College Park)
https://www.homestay.com book a room with a local
https://www.sublet.com/
http://www.roommates.com/
 

What is the meal situation while I'm at NOI?

NOI does not provide a meal plan as part of the festival, but there are many dining options available in the area including restaurants, campus cafes, campus restaurants, and campus dining halls. We will have an updated list for all on campus options and their hours of operations available soon. We will have a list of local off campus restaurants available upon your arrival. UMD-operated locations accept cash and credit card payment. Additionally, the options for on-campus housing at NOI include residence halls with kitchens available for cooking meals. Some participants may wish to do a combination of eating in and going out. NOI staff will schedule several trips to a local grocery store for those participants without transportation who need to purchase food for their residence hall.

In addition, several meals will be catered for the orchestra, including some bagel breakfasts, BBQs, post-concert receptions, and pizza night, to name a few.
 

What is the concert dress code for NOI members?
Men: white shirt, long tie, black pants, black shoes and black socks.  Additionally, for the concert on June 28th, we request purple and/or spring green accents (ties, socks).

Women: white blouse (sleeves must be elbow lengh or longer), black slacks or black skirt (below the knee), black closed-toe shoes with black socks/stockings.  Additionally, for the concert on June 28th, we request purple and/or spring green accents (scarves, stockings, accessories).

All: You may wish to bring some additional dressy outfits for chamber music concerts, such as black or other colored dress tops/shirts, khakis, etc.

Where is the festival located?
The festival is located on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. All rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts are held in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Complete visitor info about the University of Maryland, including local hotels and transportation information, can be found on the Conferences & Visitors Services website.

Can I receive mail or check my email during NOI?

Yes. However if you are planning on mailing anything that is oversized before the start of the festival please contact Andrew Giza via email at giza@umd.edu to make arrangements.

Mail should be addressed to:

Your Name 
c/o NOI
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1625

Computers are available for use in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, located near the main entrance to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. You will need a web-based email account to check email. Summer hours for the library will vary and can be found at the UMD libraries website. Many areas of the campus, including the residences and the performing arts center, have wireless internet.  Campus wi-fi access is available for purchase for a small fee.
 

How do I get help at the festival?
NOI staff members will be available at the NOI Help Desk in the School of Music lobby or in the Score Library (Room 1203).

Is there a fitness center?
Yes! The monthly rate is $30 and it is payable in person directly to the recreation center.  

Are laundry facilities provided?
Yes, washers/dryers are available in the residence quad. Bring quarters!

Will the campus buses be operating during NOI?
Yes, the Shuttle-UM operates year-round, although the schedule is limited in the summer. View the current Service Calendar and check back upon arrival for an updated schedule. Anyone with a student ID from any university or college can ride the shuttle for free. If you do not have a student ID please contact the NOI office.

When will I get my part assignments?
Part assignments will be sent to you via mail in mid-May. Please keep the NOI office informed of your current mailing address for the month of May.

When will I get my music?
Copies of parts for the first two weeks of the festival will be mailed to you in mid-May. Please keep the NOI office informed of your current mailing address for the month of May. If you have not received your music by then, please contact the NOI office.

Where can I store my instrument, music, and supplies?
All participants will be issued a locker located inside the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Larger instruments such as double basses and tubas will be given larger lockers. You do not need to bring your own locks, as each locker is equipped with a standard combination lock.

What is provided for my stay in the dorm?
Each participant will be provided with a pillow, blanket, sheets, and a bath towel. You may wish to bring a mattress pad for your comfort. Some may also prefer an extra blanket since the A/C tends to be cold. If you chose a room with a shared kitchen, the kitchen will be equipped with a basic set of pots/pans, cups/plates/bowls, utensils, and some other kitchen tools, so you do not need to bring any of those items.

What is the summer weather like in College Park?
Weather in College Park during the summer can vary. Evenings can be cool and quite comfortable, but during the day it will often be very hot and humid (keep in mind that the ERC has both an indoor and an outdoor pool!). Rain is common, so you may want to bring a rain jacket and/or umbrella for walking around campus.

What hotels are located in the College Park area?
See the Off-Campus Accommodations page on the Conferences & Visitor Services site.

What repertoire will be used in the masterclasses?
We will forward repertoire information to you via email as we receive it from the NOI faculty members. However, all participants should arrive prepared to play standard solos and/or excerpts for your instrument.

How can I get a parking permit for my car?
Parking permits are available for an additional fee. Please look for an email from the NOI office on how to register your car. NOI is not responsible for paying parking tickets, so please read all signs carefully!

Is the residence air-conditioned?
Yes!

Does the residence have an internet connection for my computer?
Yes! The University of Maryland participates in the Edu-roam collection.  You can purchase wi-fi, or if your home school also participates in Edu-roam, you can use the wi-fi for free throughout the campus. Check here for a list of participating Edu-roam schools. 

Do NOI members receive complimentary tickets for NOI concerts?
You may request one comp ticket per show and can reserve tickets to any concert and any time. We encourage you to reserve comp tickets to a performance at least 24 hours before the concert.

On the evening of performances, our ticket office will be very busy assisting patrons. If you choose to reserve tickets on the evening of a concert, you may experience a wait time. Comps are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. If you’d like to reserve seats next to your friends, please visit the ticket office together and reserve your tickets at the same time.

Ticket Office Hours and Information:

  • Monday- Friday: Noon-5PM
  • Saturday- Noon-8:30PM

The ticket office is only open on Saturdays that have performances. Hours may vary. Please check only for the current hours.

Public Ticket Prices and Fees

Mainstage Events

Regular: $25
NextLEVEL: $20
Student (with valid ID): $10
Youth under 18: $10

Signature Series

Regular: $5

Staff List

 

Richard Scerbo Yarina Conners Andrew Giza
Director Artistic Administrator Artist Services Coordinator
rscerbo@umd.edu yconners@umd.edu giza@umd.edu
  301.405.5974 301.405.9959