A part of the UMD College of Arts and Humanities, the performing arts at Maryland are uniquely poised to build the future of the field through the advancement of the arts. Blending the resources and talents of the School of Music, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and the Artist Partner Program, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is the NextNOW of experimentation and possibility, educating, training, mentoring and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators.
The Clarice is not only advancing the performing arts but creating singular experiences for both audiences and artists. These experiences reflect innovative collaborations that cross disciplines and experiment with merged art forms. We are building new audiences and we are redefining how we experience and participate in the arts. These are NextNOW experiences.
Help us build the future now. Donor support is what makes us one of the leading university performing arts centers in the country.
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Your gift enables us to sustain our commitment to innovation, creativity and curiosity in art-making and audience experience as we build the future of the arts today.
For over a generation, the National Orchestral Institute has nurtured the development of America’s finest young orchestral musicians. Members are selected from a rigorous cross-country audition tour and paired with an international cast of conductors and faculty mentors. Performances are held at The Clarice and in the community with a series of free and engaging concerts at schools, community centers and retirement villages. Your support helps us to build the future of the arts at Maryland and enrich the lives of many young musicians.
The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library is unique in that it transforms space, both virtual and physical, into dynamic collaborative learning environments for the study of music, theatre, and dance.
Scholarships ensure that the School of Music and School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies attract and retain top students. Through a strong liberal arts education and rigorous training in the performing arts, our students become the artists and scholars of the future.