The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University



Biography

Founded in 1975, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is one of the nation’s youngest major university level music programs. Twenty-nine years later, it has become one of the most prominent music schools in the country. With an elegant state of the art facility, the Shepherd School attracts an international student body of 300 music majors and 58 faculty members and has made a great impact on the cultural life of Rice and the greater Houston community. The Shepherd School is proud that its quality of music instruction is paramount. Our illustrious faculty of artist-teachers are dedicated to the highest possible cultivation of the talents and skills of each individual student. The music school is housed in Alice Pratt Brown Hall, which boasts four performance halls, 54 teaching studios, 65 practice rooms, seven classrooms, an orchestra rehearsal hall, an electronic music studio and production and rehearsal spaces. The school receives about 75,000 visitors who attend more than 350 events annually. 

Rice is consistently ranked one of America’s best teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size—2,700 undergraduates and 1,850 graduate students; selectivity—10 applicants for each place in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 6-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among American universities; residential college system, which builds communities that are both close-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines, integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduate work. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and on America’s South Coast.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/16/2015: The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Students perform a Beethoven String Quartet, Weirich’s Steamboat Stomp for French Horn solo, a soprano aria by Verdi, and Ouyang’s brand new Three Pieces for Piano. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/21/2014: The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Students play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Scodanibbio’s “Joke” from Sei Studi, Rabbath’s Le Cri de Venise, Rameau’s Gavotte et Six Doubles, and Ligeti’s Sechs Bagatellen. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 4/13/2013: The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Students play works by Rachmaninoff, Bach, Barber, Ives, Bolcom, Mozart, and Hindemith. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/26/2012: The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Students perform a program featuring classical works by Barber, Tchaikovsky, and Kodály, as well as vocal selections from Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s il barbiere di Siviglia. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 4/29/2011: Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Students play works by Vaughan Williams, Eldin Burton, Ysaÿe, Moritz Moszkowski, and others. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/5/2010: The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Students Sonja Harasim, violin, Lachezar Kostov, cello, Catherine Ramirez, flute, and Mi-Jong Lee and Andrew Staupe, piano, perform works by Mendelssohn, Barber, Takemitsu, Villa-Lobos, and Brahms. Part of the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project.

The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University