2018 MEMBER INFORMATION
Welcome to the 31st season of the National Orchestral Institute & Festival! The dates for this summer’s session are May 31 – July 1, 2018. For travel information and FAQs, see below. Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get closer to the festival.
- Off Campus Housing Options
- Dress Code
- Public Computers
- Where do I find help?
- Fitness Center
- Campus Busses
- Parts Assignments & Music
- Instrument Lockers
- Provided in dorms
- Area Hotels
- Repertoire for masterclasses
- Parking Permits
- Internet Access
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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.
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, May 31, 2018 and depart by noon on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Directions to campus (plane, train, and car information) can be found here.
Travel to/from nearby airports
The approximate cost of taxi service from our area airports are as follows:
Reagan National Airport: $48 (See also Metrorail service from Reagan National Airport below.)
Baltimore Washington International Airport: $65 (See also Metrobus and Metrorail service from Baltimore Washington International Airport below.)
Dulles International Airport: $85
SuperShuttle is a convenient, and often less expensive, option for traveling to campus. The approximate cost of SuperShuttle Shared-Ride 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: $30 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional guest
Dulles International Airport: $40 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional guest
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 $3.85-5.20 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.
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 $7.50 one-way, and the train costs approximately $2.00, 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 Regents Drive Garage. The Clarice Smith Center is just a short (10 minute) walk from the garage.
More information is available here:
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority
UMD Department of Transportation Services
Metro Bus B30 Schedule (PDF)
UMD Campus Map
What to do when you arrive:
It is important to arrive on campus by 3PM so that you have time to complete all of the required check-in activities. Arrival check-in instructions will be sent to you by email and updated here in May.
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
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 Traditional Lodging including meal plan: $1,595.00
- Single-Occupancy Traditional Lodging including meal plan: $1,940.00
All rooms are located on the University of Maryland campus in an air-conditioned dormitory.
*Single rooms are very 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 in April.
What is the meal situation while I'm at NOI?
NOI does provide a meal plan as part of the festival. The plan we will offer is for breakfast and lunch weekdays at the Applause Café conveniently located in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The meal plan is included in the price of lodging for all members staying in on-campus housing and is also available to commuters for a fee of $402.00.
Breakfast Options included in meal plan
- Bagel & cream cheese; 16 oz drip coffee or fountain beverage
- Two donuts; 16 oz drip coffee or fountain beverage
- Fruit Salad Scoop; 16 oz drip coffee or fountain beverage
Lunch Options included in meal plan
- Classic Sandwich w/ choice of chips or salad scoop; Cookie or whole fruit; Lemonade, Iced Tea or Hand Crafted Soda
- Hot Braised meat w/ potato mash or heritage grain; Cookie or whole fruit; Lemonade, Iced Tea or Hand Crafted Soda
- 1/2 Sandwich w/ soup or 1/2 salad; Cookie or whole fruit; Lemonade, Iced Tea or Hand Crafted Soda
What options are there for dinner or if I am commuting and do not want to take part in the meal plan?
Local options include restaurants, campus cafes, campus restaurants, and campus dining halls. UMD-operated locations accept cash and credit card payment. Additionally, the options for on-campus housing at NOI include residence halls with a common kitchen available for cooking microwaveable 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 cereal breakfasts, BBQs, post-concert receptions, and pizza nights, to name a few.
Off-campus housing options
University of Maryland Fraternity & Sorority Housing
The University of Maryland owns 21 properties that are leased to Fraternity and Sorority alumni corporations for use by their members. Some of those chapters make their houses available for use during the summer months. Inquiries can be made to Heidi Biffl, Housing Coordinator in the Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life (301-314-7780) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Each house has similarities in terms of layout yet many differences that set them each apart. Here is some other basic information:
- $153.00 per bed per week
- Each house has between 28-34 beds, in a mix of singles, doubles and a few triples and quads.
- Bedrooms are furnished with: bed(s), desk(s), dresser(s) and chair(s)
- Common Areas May Include:
- Living Room with large screen TV and seating
- Basement/ Dining area with tables and chairs
- Study Room with table or desks and chairs
- Laundry facilities
- Day kitchen with refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster oven and ice machine
- Each house has a commercial kitchen that can be used at an additional cost by approved staff or vendors
- Group Bathroom on each floor
- Internet and cable TV
- Central Air Conditioning
- Live-in facility manager
- Housekeeping Services
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.
What is the concert dress code for NOI members?
For 2018, the concert attire is all black with solid colorful accents. Please read below:
- Men: black long sleeve shirt, long tie, black pants, black shoes and socks. Ties and socks as colorful accents. Accents should be appropriate performance attire.
- Women: black blouse (sleeves must be elbow length or longer), black slacks or black skirt (below the knee), closed-toe shoes with socks/stockings. Colorful accents should be hair pieces, scarves, or shoes. Accents should be appropriate performance attire.
You may wish to bring some additional dressy outfits for chamber music concerts, such as black jackets and other colorful dress tops/shirts, khakis, etc.
Can I receive mail or check my email during NOI?
Yes. Please email email@example.com if you are sending anything in advance or any large packages.
Mail should be addressed to:
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1625
Are public computers available?
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. You will receive complimentary access to the campus Wi-Fi network when you arrive.
How do I get help at the festival?
NOI staff members will be available at the NOI Office above the Applause Café at The Clarice (Room 3301).
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 Andrew Giza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Except for percussionists, part assignments are determined based on your initial entrance audition.
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.
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?
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
The ticket office is only open on Saturdays that have performances. Hours may vary. Please check only for the current hours.
Phone: 301.405.ARTS (2787)
Ticket Prices and Fees:
Students (with valid ID): $10
Youth Under 18: $10
Paid tickets purchased online or over the phone will incur a $2 per ticket service fee.