Clarice in the Community





The Clarice is dedicated to creating robust learning and sharing experiences in the arts with UMD students and audiences of all ages.


Campus Engagement

Artistic Development opportunities in the arts abound for UMD students. The Artist Partner Program offers master classes, composer readings and interdisciplinary workshops all year long with artists from around the world who provide a spark of inspiration enabling students to continue on the path to excellence. 

Small Business/Big Art: The business of being an artist is rapidly changing. Small Business/Big Art is a series of moderated conversations with students and entrepreneurial artists in casual settings that reveal the new and changing ways artists create business models that sustain them both operationally and artistically. 

Concerts in Close Quarters are intimate, unplugged and low-tech performances that happen in residence halls with artists from the Visiting Artist Series. Students and artists connect through art, food and shared experiences that help transform the UMD living experience.  

DeanTalks, facilitated by Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, give students an in-depth look at what inspires artists to create their work, and how their dedication and passion drives them forward. Students enjoy a family-style meal with culturally specific cuisine.

Master Classes: The Artist Partner Program offers opportunities for student artists in the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies to get personal instruction from some of the best in their field. Taught by visiting artists, master classes provide that spark of inspiration to continue on the path to artistic excellence. 

Composition Readings: Not only do we support the creation and development of new work, but we nurture and support young creative talent. School of Music student composers benefit by the coaching, recording and performance of their new compositions with our visiting artists.

Community Engagement

The K-12 School Partner Program offers young audiences in underserved communities the opportunity to experience live performing arts and creative conversations with established and emerging artists. The program offers enriching cultural experiences through specially designed student matinées, study guides and campus tours.

Creative Conversations: Dialogue and discovery is a core value for all of us at The Clarice. Expand your performance experience through a variety of engaging conversations with artists before, during and after performances throughout the season. Here are some of the opportunities we offer:

  • Opera Resonates precedes Sunday matinée performances of the Maryland Opera Studio. 
  • Performing the Library, hosted by the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, highlights the creativity that goes into collecting, and casts librarians, curators and collectors in the role of performer. 
  • Reflections from the Keyboard is a popular series of piano recitals and talks that explore the world of pianists and piano music with Don Manildi, Curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland.

Arte Vivo! is a new program created specifically for our Spanish-speaking audiences. Arte Vivo! is a grassroots partnership with Latino-focused organizations within our creative radius. Performances in the community and at The Clarice, shared meals with artists and bi-lingual events help provide access for many first- and second-generation families.

Community Concerts: Throughout the month of June, the rising stars of the National Orchestral Institute create multiple opportunities for great music in College Park and surrounding communities. Concerts take place in schools, community centers, senior residences and parks.

Do Good Dialogues: For the 2018-2019 Season, The Clarice is proud to present several artists whose beliefs in social justice and the power of the human spirit inform the art they make. These powerful voices will speak about their work through a series of panel discussions, public interviews and audience roundtables in Do Good Dialogues.

Ways to Get Involved

Are you interested in getting more deeply involved with the work we do at The Clarice?Do you want to help find more ways to engage people in performing arts experiences? Do you believe the arts can change the way we think about our lives and the world around us? We have some opportunities for you! 

The Community Action People (CCAP) is a gathering of insightful individuals who bring their expertise, passion, familiarity and perspective as part of an on-going dialogue with The Clarice staff. They are our advocates for meaningful engagement with artists and the community. For information on how you can become part of CCAP, contact Erica Bondarev Rapach.

IGNITE is the volunteer friends group of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F). This group gathers during the Festival—held in June—and throughout the year to work on projects to bring energy, excitement and support of NOI+F. This group ignites the passion for music and the next generation of orchestra professionals by cultivating relationships, creating community and having fun! For information on how you can become part of IGNITE, contact Angela Smith.

To learn more and get involved, contact Jane Hirshberg