Department of Music and Theatre

Welcome to the Department of Music and Theatre! Students who wish to major in either area register as Music majors or Theatre majors as appropriate. Both areas offer a minor, so it is possible to major in Music and minor in Theatre or to major in Theatre and minor in Music--or to double major in Music and Theatre.

The Music major has several possibilities: a general major that requires the minor in a different field, as well as a departmental major in the following specialized areas: Performance, Vocal Performance, Composition, Conducting, Musicology, and Theory. Students who choose to be departmental majors are not required to complete a minor. Our programs offer not only a high level of instruction, but a unique degree of faculty attention and guidance.

The Department considers itself to be fully invested in the tradition and framework of the Liberal Arts. Anyone qualified to do so may participate in our ensembles regardless of major. We encourage our Music majors to expand their horizons and enhance their knowledge by double majoring, and we welcome majors from other fields who show aptitude and interest in Music to double major. 

The Theatre major is dedicated to providing our students with a broad–based foundation in the theory and practice of Theatre. At its core, the study and practice of Theatre thrives on collaboration and active learning. It promotes the synthesis of literature, theory, science, technology, and art.

As a visual, textual, and performing art form, Theatre also provides an ideal focus for a Liberal Arts education. Our courses cultivate the intellectual and creative growth of our students, leading them toward self-knowledge and understanding of the arts of diverse cultures from the past and present.

Simultaneously, we challenge our students to envision and nurture the arts of the future. Our productions and presentations illuminate and integrate course material, encourage process-oriented experimentation and creative risk, and develop informed audiences attuned to the diversity and power of the arts.