At Shepherd, students are invited to utilize spacious studios, rehearsal spaces, production facilities, and practice rooms in the two music buildings that comprise the Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center. Alice Pratt Brown Hall boasts four performance venues that have an enormous impact on the cultural life of not only Rice University, but the greater Houston community as well by hosting 75,000 visitors who attend nearly 400 events annually.
Across the plaza, our new Brockman Hall for Opera, is the first building of its kind in the United States. It features a three-tiered, 600-seat European style theater with state-of-the-art acoustics and provides a number of new work and study spaces.
Together, these buildings house five dedicated performance venues, ten classrooms, 55 studios, 66 practice rooms, and other spaces – all designed specifically for the musical education of Shepherd students. Our multiple performance venues enable us to proudly provide our diverse and discerning audiences with world class performances by our talented students, celebrated faculty and renowned visiting artists, setting a new standard for university-level musical performance.
We are fortunate to be located near a number of Rice’s arts initiatives. Just across the street, the Moody Center for the Arts champions artistic pursuits at Rice. And adjacent to Alice Pratt Brown Hall, James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace lights up campus each evening at sunset.