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Where should I park?

The street address for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is 8270 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742. You can find directions to campus on The Clarice's website, as well as a list of accommodations and a campus map. Parking on campus can be complicated. If your audition falls between January 2 and 26 (and including February 8), you may park without a permit in Lot 1 (adjacent to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.) Be sure to look for signs indicating Lot 1. On all audition dates excluding January 18, parking is also available for a fee in the Stadium Drive Garage, between Byrd Stadium and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The only available parking on February 7 will be in the Stadium Drive Garage. If you park in the garage or at a meter, please make sure that you follow the instructions for payment. You can find more information about parking on campus here.

Do I need to sign up for the School of Music Information Session?
We offer a School of Music Tour and Information Session every day during our auditions at 12pm. There is no need to sign up. Students and their parents/friends are invited to attend.


What else is there to do besides my audition?
We have several events planned to give you a glimpse into daily life at the UMD School of Music: mini recitals, meet & greets with our faculty, sample class lectures and more! Check out our Auditions 2020 page for details.

Is there somewhere to eat on campus?

The Stamp Student Union: Click here for options.

There are a number of restaurants in College Park, most of which are a short drive from The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Click here for further information.

Finally, on each audition day we will have a lounge with coffee, tea and water along with a few snacks available for auditioning students and their parents.

What time should I arrive prior to my audition?
This is totally up to you! Practice rooms are available for you to warm up prior to your audition. Allow enough time for parking and checking in, and then however much time you need to warm up and be prepared to play your audition.

How long will my audition be?
Most auditions are 15 minutes long. Undergraduate auditions range from 10 to 20 minutes, and graduate auditions range from 15-30 minutes.

What should I wear for my audition?
We recommend wearing nice pants and shirt for men, and a dress/skirt or nice pants for women. You should look professional, but be comfortable.

What about an accompanist for my audition?
We provide accompanists for voice auditions. You will have a chance to speak with your accompanist a few minutes prior to your audition to discuss tempos, entrances, etc. For non-vocalists, we do not require accompanists for your audition. If you would like an accompanist, please contact us and we can send you a list of some of our graduate collaborative piano students who you may contact directly about accompanying your audition.

When will I find out if I was accepted?
For most undergraduate applicants, notification of your decision will be sent by email no later than February 15, 2020.

For most graduate applicants, notification of your decision will be sent by email no later than March 15, 2020.

If you have further questions, please contact us at


Phone: 301-405-8435
Fax: 301-314-7966
Office of Admissions
UMD School of Music
2110 Clarice Smith Center
College Park, MD 20742