Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Division offers many opportunities for students seeking a career in theater or music--from backstage preparation and rehearsal to onstage production.

The following programs are offered through the Performing Arts Division at Southeast Campus:
The Music program is designed to create a solid musical foundation in our students enabling them to transfer into four-year colleges and universities to pursue a baccalaureate degree in music.  The program is also an appropriate course of study for individuals preparing for one of the many careers in music which do not require a baccalaureate degree or for personal enrichment.  Skill enhancement and depth are provided by course work in applied music performance ensembles, music theory, music literature, keyboard, computer music composition, and private lessons.  Students have the opportunity to broaden the scope of their classroom education by participation in performance groups including the Concert Choir, Show Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and chamber ensembles. 

The music degree program is supported by a substantial performing arts facility which includes a music recording studio, practice rooms, a MIDI keyboard laboratory, and choral and instrumental rehearsal halls.  Most music programs are presented at the state-of-the-art VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.
The suggested curriculum in the Theatre program includes courses generally completed in the first two years of a four-year curriculum.  Coursework covering acting, stage movement, voice and diction all lead to rehearsal and production of a theatre production.  Students can also take courses that give them broad technical exposure.

Stage Production Technology Program - Workforce Development
The Stage Production Technology Program (SPT) is a two-year technical theatre intensive curriculum of study.  The program actively markets to and recruits individuals from local high schools to begin their training locally, as well as provide personnel already in the industry an opportunity to continue their education or for the seasoned professional who wants to begin a new career.  Towards the end of the student’s second year, the student is required to apply for an internship opportunity that will allow the student exposure to “real world” issues, challenges and industry standards.