The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

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 endowmentemper student among American universities; residential college syst, 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.