Student Life Overview

COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS

Student Life Overview

Class Experience

Facilities

Both the Music and the Theatre & Dance departments perform in the recently refurbished 895-seat Pfleeger Concert Hall. The hall is fully equipped with state-of-the-art sound and light systems and includes a 53-rank Wicks pipe organ.

Wilson Hall features a 225-seat recital hall, choral and instrumental rehearsal halls, numerous classrooms, 80 practice rooms and 40 studio offices. Special features include an electronic composition lab, a music library with stereophonic and computer laboratories and 17-station Mac lab for composition and other studies.

The newly renovated historic Tohill Theatre seats 320 and is home to the majority of the Theatre & Dance Department Mainstage productions. Our Studio Theatre is an intimate black box that allows for multiple configurations. Dance classes and rehearsals are housed in dedicated dance studios, and the new Acting Studio contains acting and performance classes.

Music

The Department of Music offers for music majors and minors, applied instruction in composition, brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), guitar, jazz improvisation, keyboard (piano, organ, accordion), percussion, woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone), and voice. Students in other disciplines are invited and encouraged to take part in ensembles and other activities within the Department of Music. The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and sponsors chapters of Grammy U, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Sigma Alpha Iota

Theatre & Dance

Our highly individualized and collaborative performance ensemble allows for close faculty-to-student mentorship, abundant Mainstage and student-directed performances and ample design opportunities.

Mainstage productions offer opportunities for students to practice and physically research contemporary performance. We also encourage students to seek out cross-disciplinary experiences, internships and curricula in other programs on campus, regionally and abroad.

Our students have interned with:

  • The Public Theatre (NYC)
  • bahdeebahdu (PA)
  • EgoPo Classic Theatre (PA)
  • New Paradise Laboratories (PA)
  • Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer, Donyale Werlel (Brooklyn, NY & NYC)
  • Walt Disney Co. (FL)
  • Glimmerglass Opera Company (Cooperstown, NY)
  • The nEW Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Muhlenberg College Summer Theater (Allentown, PA)
  • The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (NJ)
  • Central City Opera Festival (CO)
  • Ontological Theatre of New York (NYC)
  • American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA)
  • Clancy Productions (NY)

Social Engagement

Student clubs include:

Music

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)

Profecy A Cappella (male a cappella group)

Sigma Alpha Iota - Kappa Alpha chapter (international fraternity of music for women)

Phi Mu Alpha - Zeta Alpha chapter (national fraternity of music)

Theatre & Dance

Campus Players fund raises and works to tour Mainstage shows to other venues

Dance Extensions (contemporary dance company)

Lab Theatre

3D Dance Club (diverse dance crew)

Alpha Psi Omega (theatre honor society)