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ITI 2024 Information

This page will answer nearly every question we can think of about ITI! We'll update this page often if questions are asked about ITI. If you still can't find your answer on this page, please contact us!

Table of contents:

1. Dates and Times

2. Location, Airports and Parking

3. Accomodations | Dorms, Hotels, and Meals

4. Masterclass Spaces and Practice Rooms

5. Faculty

6. Livestream and Masterclass Archive

7. ITI Schedule 2024

8. Pricing and Registration

9. Frequently Asked Questions

Dates and Times

June 9th - June 14th, 2024

It is recommended that all In-Person participants arrive in Houston by Sunday, June 9th. All in-person participants will be given a free ticket to Houston Symphony’s performance of Richard Strauss’ Salome beginning at 7:00pm on Sunday, June 9 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.

ITI will then commence on June 10th beginning at 9:00am and continue until June 14th at 6:00pm.

Unless the participant is local, regional, or is able to obtain a later flight on June 14th, it is recommended that the departing flight be scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

The two Houston airports are George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) which will be covered in the next section.

Dates Times

Location, Airports and Parking



Rice University

6100 Main Street

Shepherd School of Music - MS 532

Houston, TX 77005-1892


The building is called Alice Pratt Brown Hall


Rice University campus map


How to get from the airport to Rice University


Last summer’s lot availability and rates are below:


West Lot 4 (close to the music school/Alice Pratt Brown Hall) - $1.25/day/vehicle


South College Lot or North College lot (close to the dormitories) - $2.75/day/vehicle


  • NOTE: These rates could potentially change. We should know of any potential rate increases by April.

Location Airports Parking

Accomodations | Dorms, Hotels, and Meals



In-Person participants/attendees are required to secure their own accomodation in Houston during ITI. All in-person participants/attendees are strongly encouraged to apply for on-campus housing promptly via the button below.

IMPORTANT: be sure to list "Matthew Strauss" as the Rice Faculty Sponsor on the housing application.

The email is:

*You do not need to list Matthew's phone number.

In-person Participants and Auditors will find on campus shuttle routes that have stops close to the dormitories and Alice Pratt Brown Hall. These are air-conditioned shuttles for your convenience during ITI.


Here are some examples of one of the possible residential colleges you'll stay at on campus, called Martel Residential College. There are tour videos below and the floorplans of the rooms.

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Below are the rates and info that ITI participants will be receiving by filling out the form:

  • A bed stand with a mattress

  • A dresser

  • A cabinet

  • A desk along with a chair

  • Linens are not included but they do provide these items when requested at $5/night per person. Each linen pack includes: 2 sheets (twin XL), Pillowcase, Blanket, Pillow, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths.

  • Laundry Services are available free of charge


Shared rooms are $55/night/person and single rooms are $65/night/person.


Meals will be handled on a preloaded Tetra card (meal card) during the participant’s stay that can be used in the dining servery or any retail-dining locations across campus. For the dining servery- breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served 7 days a week (holiday schedule may vary), and our ACF certified chefs cater to anyone including those with a food allergen and/or dietary restriction.


Please see below for the dining schedule (subject to change) along with rates:

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If you do not secure housing through Rice University, you are encouraged to stay in a hotel nearby Rice University. There will be no transportation services provided by ITI, so please plan accordingly to be able to commute to ITI each day. You will likely need to drive/rideshare from your hotel to Rice as Houston has very limited public transportation.


Some of the closer proximity hotels might provide shuttle service. Participants and Auditors are encouraged to inquire with the hotel prior to booking.


In-person Participants and Auditors will find off-campus Rice shuttle bus routes that have stops close to many of the nearby hotels.

Here is a list of hotels nearby Rice.


Masterclass Spaces and Practice Rooms

Rice University boasts some of the best facilities in the country, and we have been given access to nearly all of the main performance spaces at The Shepherd School of Music for the duration of ITI. In addition to the performance spaces shown below, there will be many practice rooms available for individual practice. Participants are encouraged to bring a timpani practice pad for personal use as well.



Our faculty are all professionals with a track record of success in their own careers and the careers of their students. Click the button below to meet this year's faculty!


Livestream and Masterclass Archive


Virtual attendees will be able to watch every class live in real time directly from on the ITI website where you are right now! All virtual attendees will receive emails with information about the livestream links, and how to access them. 




Virtual Attendees, Participants, and Auditors will all have the opportunity to re-watch any of our 8 masterclasses for up to 30 days after the conclusion of ITI. Every masterclass will be placed in an HD Masterclass Archive that will also be accessible from right here on the website.

This way, if you're a virtual attendee who cannot be available for a certain livestream due to a schedule conflict or timezone issue, you will still be able to watch every class as many times as you like, on-demand!


If you're familiar with The Percussion Conservatory Masterclass Archive, it will work in a very similar way.



We're excited to announce our schedule for ITI 2024 is now complete! 

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Pricing and Registration


There are three different ways to be a part of ITI 2024:

  • Participant: You receive best seating for masterclasses and will potentially be selected to participate in masterclasses, you are guaranteed one private lesson during ITI from a Faculty Artist. You can participate in the ITI Mock Audition.
     - must be 18 years of age or older


  • Auditor: You attend ITI in person and watch all masterclasses as an audience member. You are not able to participate in the ITI Mock Audition or in any masterclasses or sessions.
    - must be 18 years of age or older


  • Virtual Attendee (online): You will watch all ITI masterclasses directly from our website/online via streaming device from anywhere in the world!
    -all ages welcome

To see the differences between these options side by side and view our registration fees, please click the button below.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I bring with me to ITI?
    Bring all your general basics that you would take for any trip such as: -Comfortable clothes for the Texas summer! (It gets pretty hot down here!) -A water bottle -Electronics and chargers -Sunscreen -A Hat -A hoodie/jacket for our indoor AC -Your Cash/Credit Cards and ID -Etc. And also be sure to pack some Timpani specific equipment such as your -Timpani Practice Pad & Stand -Timpani Mallets -Pencil and Notepad/Tablet -Tuning Fork -Etc.
  • Will the Masterclasses be recorded? Will I have access to those recordings?
    Yes! Participants, Auditors, and Virtual Attendees will all have access to our on-demand Masterclass Archive for 30 days after ITI ends. You can watch any/every class as many times as you wish during that time. The Masterclass Archive will be hosted right on the website once ITI begins and as each class is recorded, it will be added to the Archive. This way, you'll never miss a class even if your time zone or your schedule doesn't allow you to watch the livestream in real time!

Other questions?

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