Students of The Shepherd School of Music enjoy an ideal environment for educational enhancement and artistic development. Situated in the fourth-largest city in the country, Rice University is conveniently located near some of Houston's major artistic hubs.
The campus sits just southwest of Houston's Museum District, which is comprised of eleven museums and arts education centers, and the Theatre District lies a few miles to the north, in the heart of downtown Houston. The university itself boasts a wooded, picturesque campus with beautifully landscaped grounds.
Rice's population of 5,663 students offers a wide range of campus activities, such as student clubs, intramural sports, volunteering opportunities, and student media.
Music students enjoy the exceptional features of Alice Pratt Brown Hall. Built in 1991, the building houses Stude Concert Hall, Duncan Recital Hall, the Edythe Bates Old Grand Organ and Recital Hall, the Wortham Opera Theatre, and the Hirsch Orchestra Rehearsal Hall.
These impressive facilities are used for student and faculty performances, as well as for the active Houston performing arts community.
Students may use any of the ample practice rooms, which offer reduced-noise conditions, and most have a piano, mirror, and a window (many looking onto landscaped interior courtyards).
When taking a break from studying, practicing, and rehearsing, students congregate in the two peaceful courtyards on the north and south sides of the building.