News & Updates

May 22, 2014 - 1:01PM
Megan Pagado

Moving Maryland Forward

Photos by Stephen Thomas

The Clarice is partnering with the School of Public Health on a project that will train students to gather stories of celebrations and traditions at local barbershops which serve as health education venues, and transform them into art. The initiative was awarded funding by the “Moving Maryland Forward” grants from the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

April 30, 2014 - 3:03PM
Missy McTamney

Spring Awakening

Experience the ingenious work of UMD's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) Masters in Fine Arts Design students as they display their theatrical creativity in costume, lighting and scenic design.

These talented students are part of a degree program in which they work with an award-winning faculty of professional designers and intern at professional theatres in Washington, Baltimore and New York.

April 24, 2014 - 9:09AM
Missy McTamney

The University of Maryland Chamber Singers are one of only twenty choirs in the world that has been chosen to participate in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music, held this August in Seoul, South Korea.

April 23, 2014 - 4:04PM
Missy McTamney

Craig Kier

Craig Kier

The UMD School of Music is pleased to announce that Craig Kier, Associate Conductor and Assistant Chorus Master with the Houston Grand Opera has been appointed Director of the Maryland Opera Studio (MOS). He will join the faculty in Fall of 2014.

April 16, 2014 - 12:12PM
Lauren Burns

Robert DiLutis, Sharon Mansur and Linda Mabbs

Robert DiLutis photo courtesy of UMD School of Music; Sharon Mansur and Linda Mabbs photos by Mike Ciesielski

Robert DiLutis and Linda Mabbs from the School of Music and Sharon Mansur of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies were recently selected by the Maryland State Arts Council to be recipients of a 2014 Individual Artist Award (IIA).

March 27, 2014 - 2:02PM
Megan Pagado


District5 photo by Nguyen Nguyen

District5, UMD School of Music's Gradute Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, will be performing at Busboys & Poets Hyattsville on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Their performance, Throw Caution to the Wind, features some of the most colorful and virtuosic work for wind quintet, showing what it's like to simply let loose and perform.

Listen below for a playlist of music that inspires them to be fearless and "throw caution to the wind!"

January 28, 2014 - 10:10AM
Megan Pagado

Charisse Skye Aguirre

January 22, 2014 - 2:02PM
Megan Pagado

David Rousseve/REALITY

Stardust photo by Valerie Oliveiro

David Rousseve/REALITY wlil be presenting the world premiere performances of Stardust here on January 31 and February 1. Choreographed, written and directed by David Rousseve, Stardust follows a gay African American teen as he navigates a difficult adolescence. Never seen onstage, he is present only by the unanswered, emotion-laden text messages he sends to a random number.

Stardust's sound score juxtaposes the intimate romanticism of Nat King Cole standards with the rough-edged, hip-hop inflected original music of d. Sabela Grimes. Because they have such great taste in music, we've asked David, REALITY and their collaborators to put together a playlist of their current musical obsessions. (You're welcome!)

December 18, 2013 - 12:12PM
Missy McTamney

This fall the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center was filled with music, dance, theatre and important ideas in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Read selected highlights of the semester's press coverage from newspapers like The Washington Post, public radio stations such as WAMU-FM and student news outlets like The Diamondback. See what the critics said about the fall’s performances from the UMD School of Music, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program – and let us know if you agree with them!

December 16, 2013 - 10:10AM
Missy McTamney

Connor Voss

Connor Voss photo by Connor Voss

Five emerging choreographers from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies have been selected to participate in the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, which is presented by the Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The performance will be held in the Dance Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3PM and 8PM.