School of Performing Arts

Collaborative. Contemporary. Courageous.

Housing the Conservatory of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance, the School of Performing Arts offers an interdisciplinary approach to artistic expression. Students witness the value of a liberal arts education through experiential learning, workshops with industry professionals, and collaboration with faculty members and classmates from other disciplines. A wide variety of performances allow them to harness their true potential, forming a strong foundation for a career in the performing arts.

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Conservatory of Music

Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, students learn to perform, interpret, and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training.

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Department of Theatre and Dance 

Combining performance, production, and business, the Department of Theatre and Dance emphasizes the uniquely collaborative nature of the arts and invites students to participate in something larger than themselves.

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Upcoming Productions

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Hansel & Gretel Opera

February 2024 - The opera acknowledges the darker features present in the Brothers Grimm version of the familiar folk tale yet presents them within a frame of grace and humor. The School of Performing Arts production features exciting visuals, a full orchestra, and the wonderful voices of talented U of R students!

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Defiant Requiem

2024 - A moving performance of Verdi's Requiem in tribute to the many lives lost at the Terezin concentration camp in World War II.

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Guest Artists

  • Volta Dance Collective
  • Our Song, Our Story - the Next Generation of Black Voices
  • Nobuntu
  • Peter Dubois
  • Brightworks Chamber Ensemble
  • Southwest Horn Workshop
  • Craig Colclough


Productions and Events