October 24, 2012 - 11:11AM -

We're looking for extraordinary students!

Apply for our new student committee, the Maryland Students for the Arts:

  • Share your creative instincts and insights.
  • Advise us about important issues.
  • Assist us in making programming decisions.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors welcome!

Application deadline: Sunday, December 2, 2012 . 11PM

October 17, 2012 - 11:11AM -

Kronos Quartet

Last week, Kronos Quartet worked with three young composers from UMD School of Music. Now it's your turn!

October 2, 2012 - 10:10AM -

You may have noticed mandolinist Chris Thile on a big banner in front of our building — he’ll be here on April 12, 2013, performing with pianist Brad Mehldau.

We’ve just gotten word that he received a 2012 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

Congratulations, Chris! Can’t wait to hear you perform.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh


Last semester I saw Rent here at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A few of my friends were in it and it was just – it definitely moved me to tears and I don’t cry very often. It was very passionate and all the students were really invested in it. It was such a nice moment to see that happen and see them take the craft and take their art to the next level.

It was very passionate and all the students were really invested in it.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh

Victor, Network Architect
Debby, Assistant Director of Institutional Giving, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

We went to a benefit concert in Baltimore at The Peabody for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. Leon Fleisher and his wife were playing; they are animal lovers so they did the concert for free. Leon Fleisher played just a few songs, and his wife played several really fast pieces – amazingly difficult and wonderfully performed.

He played with such emotion that I just lost it.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh

TRICIA HOMER, Assistant Director, UMD Office of Community Engagement

I was a terribly hyperactive kid and my mom tried everything. She enrolled me in ballet, tap, jazz dance classes, sports programs and pageants. But nothing ever stuck! I had an incredible amount of energy and was always getting myself into trouble.

My stilts got taller and taller within weeks: 1 foot tall, 2 feet tall, 4 feet tall.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Mike Ciesielski

CHELSEY GREEN, D.M.A in Performance - Viola, UMD School of Music

At 4 years old, I began taking private lessons from a violinist in the Houston Ballet Orchestra. At 4, a child is in awe of almost everything, so of course, to me this woman was no ordinary violinist. She was, and definitely still is, a world-class musician who studied at Juilliard and traveled the world performing but made Houston her home. I thought, “That’s where I’m from, Houston!” The connection was nearly instantaneous.

Those moments impressed upon me that making music is something special, something that is not only moving for patrons but also for those who are part of the production.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh


We got interested in opera way back in the ‘60s, in the early days of the Opera Society of Washington. Then in the ‘90s we just really got started traveling to see operas. A favorite thing of ours is to see new operas. Whenever we see a world premiere going on somewhere, we try to go to it.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Alison Harbaugh

SUE CHIANG, Costume Shop Coordinator, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

From seventh to twelfth grade I played flute in my high school band, which recruited middle-schoolers to help round up the numbers in our small Massachusetts community. We played a mix of classical and contemporary music and so I learned to appreciate Mozart and Bach as well as Broadway show tunes.

One day in rehearsal after playing a particularly rousing rendition of the Impresario Overture, the entire band begged to play it again. And we did while our director beamed.

September 29, 2012 - 12:12AM -

Photo by Mike Ciesielski

NOLAN WILLIAMS, JR., Musicologist, theologian, songwriter, producer and CEO, NEWorks Productions

In 2007 I took 33 singers to Italy for the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. One of our four performances was in a town called Maiori. There are two towns next to each other, Maiori and Minori — Major and Minor.