The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center champions the creation of new work and engages audiences in powerful performances from University of Maryland students and visiting artists. Located across a 170-acre site on the campus, The Clarice is home to a performing arts library, lecture halls, seminar rooms, rehearsal spaces, and sound-isolated practice rooms. It also houses six state-of-the-art performance spaces that allow different performances to take shape in unique ways.


Visit one of the largest and best-equipped performance arts venues at any university for one of these performances:


  1. Take part in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize and three-time Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon on July 1. Her well-regarded work has been performed around the county, and she’ll be sharing her experience and thoughts with attendees.


  1. Attend the Voices Together: Festival Concert on the evening of July 3. Brought together by the Voices Together: An International Youth Choral Symposium, four renowned international children’s choirs will perform at a joint concert in Dekelboum Concert Hall.


  1. From July 18–22, The Clarice is hosting the National Puppetry Festival. Workshops will cover the use of marionettes, the artistry of producing puppets, various hand puppet techniques, and more topics that are relevant to puppeteers and puppet enthusiasts. Performances will run the length of the festival, including an opening show of “Aanika’s Elephants” by Annie Evans and a closing performance of “PACKRAT” by the Concrete Temple Theatre. Reserve your tickets now.


  1. Enjoy the Summer Chorus 2023 concert at Dekelboum Concert Hall on July 22. The two-hour evening show will include performances of pieces by Mozart, Handel, and Vaughan Williams by talented University of Maryland students and community members.