The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University was launched in 1975, making it one of the youngest major university level music programs in the country. In just over forty years it has risen to become a leading American music school, providing music performance training for an international student body of 285 music majors focused on a professional career. Our world-class faculty of artist-teachers are dedicated to cultivating the talents of each student and equipping them with the skills and education necessary for success in the professional world.
Shepherd School alumni include Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners; they have debuted on the stages of Carnegie Hall and have appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. They hold positions in prestigious orchestras across the globe, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Graduates of the Shepherd School Opera Program have sung in several of the world’s foremost opera houses and recital halls. The Program has had recent finalists and winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Recent alumni are members of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Utah Opera Ensemble Program and the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program.
Since 1991, The Shepherd School of Music has been housed in Alice Pratt Brown Hall, an elegant, state-of-the-art facility designed by renowned Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. The hall boasts four performance venues, 54 teaching studios, 55 practice rooms, seven classrooms, an orchestra rehearsal hall, an electronic music studio, and production and rehearsal spaces. The school makes an enormous impact on the cultural life of Rice University and the greater Houston community by welcoming 75,000 visitors who attend nearly 400 events annually.