Welcome to the Shepherd School of Music

Alice Pratt Brown Hall provides a breathtakingly beautiful home for The Shepherd School of Music. Designed by the internationally celebrated Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, the building was named in recognition of a major challenge grant from the Brown Foundation.  Sited near the western edge of the Rice campus, it consists of two long, low, parallel wings joined by gardens and connecting corridors of loggias. Many traditional and architectural elements of the building compliment and enhance the campus. The building serves not only the needs of the Shepherd School and Rice University, but also of the active performing arts community in Houston. Approximately 75,000 visitors attend nearly 400 events per year at the Shepherd School. 

Learn more about our facility and performance spaces

Grand Foyer
Stude Concert Hall
Duncan Recital Hall
Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall and Grand Organ
Wortham Opera Theatre
Hirsch Orchestra Rehearsal Hall
Classrooms and Lecture Halls
Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs
Faculty Studios
Practice Rooms
Courtyards
Henry and Betty Jackson East Lobby