Welcome NOI 2021 Fellows!




Welcome to the 34th season of the National Orchestral Institute & Festival! The dates for this year’s festival are May 24 – June 27, 2021. For travel information and FAQs, see below. Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get closer to the festival. 

  • Arrival/Departure/Travel 
  • Housing / Meals 
  • FAQs 
  • Off Campus Housing Options 
  • Dress Code 
  • Mail 
  • Public Computers 
  • Where do I find help? 
  • Fitness Center 
  • Laundry 
  • Campus Busses 
  • Parts Assignments & Music 
  • Instrument Lockers 
  • Provided in dorms 
  • Weather 
  • Area Hotels 
  • Repertoire for masterclasses 
  • Parking Permits 
  • Internet Access 
  • Tickets 

Click here to see a list of 2021 NOI members. (coming soon!) 

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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 unless specified. 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 between 10am and  3PM on Monday, May 24th, 2021 and depart by noon on Sunday, June 27, 2021. 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: $50 (See also Metrorail service from Reagan National Airport below.) 

Baltimore Washington International Airport: $70 (See also Metrobus and Metrorail service from Baltimore Washington International Airport below.) 

Dulles International Airport: $90 


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: $35 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 

Rideshare services 

Another less expensive option are rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft

Metrorail service from Reagan National Airport 

Note: When planning your trip, check Metrorail’s track work schedule. For current operating status, view weekday and weekend track work service adjustments. 

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. Moovit is a great resource that combines information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travelers a real-time picture, including the best route for the journey. 

More information is available here: 

Washington Metro Area Transit Authority 

UMD Shuttle 

UMD Campus Map 

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: 

Metro Bus B30 

What to do when you arrive? 

Upon arrival, you should check-in at  University of Maryland Greek Housing (called “Graham Cracker” on the map)  where you will receive the keys to your residence and / or parking pass. You will receive a parking permit for your car if you purchased one in advance. It is important to arrive on campus by 3PM so that you have time to complete all of the required check-in activities. You will see an outdoor check in tent upon arrival in the Greek housing main parking lot. Please be sure to wear a mask. 

Campus map: 

UMD Campus Map 

Here are the locations that are important during your stay at NOI: 

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: Building #386 

UMD Greek Housing: Labeled “Graham Cracker” on map. 

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? 

This year, NOI+F is working with UMD Greek Life for their housing needs. All accommodations will be in single rooms and all students will be required to purchase a meal plan. On campus housing is required for NOI+F 2021 to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols. 

On-campus housing and meal costs are: 

Single Room: $1,226

Price is inclusive of single (1 bed/1 room) accommodations and linens at a Greek Life housing complex. Linens include 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, 1 pillow case, 1 pillow, 2 bath towels, 1 washcloth and 1 blanket. Laundry service is not included. 

What is the meal situation while I'm at NOI? 

Meal Plan (Required for On-Campus Room + Board)

Meal Plan Cost: $918

Each NOI+F on-campus housing resident is required to purchase a meal plan in addition to their housing plan. Plans include meals available at the Greek Housing residence dining room.

Each participant will receive continental breakfasts, "grab & go" lunches and hot dinners.

What is the total cost of NOI+F Housing and meals?

Total Room + Board Fees

Total Cost for Single Room: $2144 (inclusive single room and required meal plan)

What is the concert dress code for NOI members? 

For 2021, the concert attire is all black with solid colorful accents.  Please read below: 

Black long sleeve buttoned shirt or blouse (blouse sleeves must be elbow length or longer) black full length slacks or black skirt below the knee, black closed toe shoes with socks / stockings. No sandals, flip flops or other open toed shoes. Long ties, socks, hair pieces, scarves as colorful accents. 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 during NOI? 

Yes. Please email tylerc@umd.edu if you are sending anything in advance or any large packages.  

Mail should be addressed to: 

Your Name  

c/o NOI 

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.  

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 estimated at $38 and it is payable in person directly to the recreation center. Access to this is based on current COVID-19 protocols.  

Are laundry facilities provided? 

Yes, washers/dryers are available in the residence quad. Bring quarters! 

Will the campus buses be operating during NOI? 

The Shuttle-UM operates year-round, although the schedule is limited in the summer and is subject to COVID-19 protocols. 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 Austin Sposato at asposato@umd.edu

When will I get my part assignments? 

Part assignments will be sent to you via email in mid-May. Except for percussionists, part assignments are determined based on your initial entrance audition or your deferred student seating audition. 

When will I get my music? 

Copies of parts for the first two weeks of the festival will be emailed 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 us at noi@umd.edu 

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. 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! Greek housing residences have a free, private wi-fi network. Password information will be provided to you upon arrival. 

Do NOI members receive complimentary tickets for NOI concerts? 

We are not yet sure if we will be able to have live audience members at our performances. With that being said, we will livestream all performances at NOI+F 2021 for our audience to enjoy at home. If we are able to have audiences, you may request one comp ticket per show and can reserve tickets to any concert. 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. ​​​​​​​