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For Prospective Students


Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland School of Music! We are delighted that you are considering UMD as a future home for your musical pursuits. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and discovering the many assets that make our School a unique place to learn and create.


Many factors contribute to our reputation as a top music program. In the past decade, the University of Maryland has emerged as one of the nation's leading public universities. The School of Music's home, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, is the largest venue of its kind in the U.S. This $130 million facility offers six performance halls, a performing arts library, specialized rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and more. You will be able to tour the Center when you visit us or take an audition.

The faculty here are exceptional as well, including nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars. We recently welcomed the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, composer Morton Subotnick, and composer Dominick Argento as artists in residence. More than a dozen members of the National Symphony Orchestra are current UMD faculty. Plus, our location and reputation continue to draw leading educators, performers and researchers from the field.

Of course, our students themselves are a huge asset! Our diverse student body comprises some of the most talented and dynamic individuals on campus. Music majors constitute one of the strongest student communities at UMD, contributing greatly to the campus's cultural and intellectual life. With approximately 300 public performances each year — showcasing student recitalists and more than 30 ensembles — our students keep a high profile.

Why should you choose the University of Maryland School of Music? We offer:

  • a first-rate education
  • renowned faculty
  • a small conservatory feel within a large university setting
  • access to two major U.S. cities and all of their cultural resources
  • great value at an affordable cost!

When you're ready for a competitive music education, please contact us to schedule a visit or to apply for entrance beginning next Fall. We look forward to hearing from you!