Department Chair: Richard Hogle
Studies in the performing arts are designed to: help students to acquire fundamental knowledge and conceptual understanding in dance, drama, and music; to provide progressive, sequential development of skills in singing, playing instruments, acting, producing theater, and moving through dance; and to give students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in performance of high-quality repertoire. Faculty stress individual growth, the process of collaborative learning, and the performance experience as integral components. Students should emerge with not only first-hand experience in self-expression and communication through the performing arts, but also with an aesthetic appreciation for the similar expressions of others, and an awareness of the inter-connectedness that exists among the performing arts and other disciplines. In 2016-17, the department will present more than 20 full concerts (choral, band, orchestra, dance, and guitar), student solo and group recitals, one musical, one faculty-directed full length play (eight performances), one faculty-directed original production created by 6-7 students, and six student-directed one act plays.