Performing Arts Major

Performing arts majors at Stonehill share an integrated core curriculum of theory across the disciplines of theater, dance and music. Building on this core, students then pursue their discipline-specific interests as actors, theater professionals, musicians or dancers.

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The Performing Arts B.A. at Stonehill provides students with a unique small-classroom experience while providing performance opportunities and experiential learning not often found at a small school. Students will choose from four concentrations: music, theater, dance or cross-disciplinary studies.

Music Concentration

The music gives students a deep historical and cultural understanding of music while providing opportunities to perform in instrumental and/or vocal-based ensembles.

Collegiate Chorale, small chamber-based ensembles, guitar ensemble, as well as one-on-one studio lessons, provide the musician with a large range of performance opportunities. Our dedicated professors work closely with students to understand their goals and form an appropriate course of study based on their interests.

Theater Concentration

Students enter the world of theater arts and discover themselves and their abilities anew while challenging their body, mind and imagination. Our program aids students' personal development in several ways:

  • A deeper understanding of the workings of the human imagination and emotions
  • The use of the body and voice as a means of expression
  • The complexities of interpersonal relationships as seen in art and life
  • Experiential learning opportunities

Students in the program enjoy the benefits of Hemingway Theatre, a 250-seat facility that stages theater productions and dance company performances. 

Dance Concentration

Stonehill dance students experience creative thinking through composition and physical expression, build self-esteem, learn teamwork and presentation skills, and develop an appreciation of the art form, which can be a lifetime experience. There are numerous academic-based and extra-curricular performance opportunities for students interested in dance. 

Qualified students can gain dance experience through The Stonehill College Dance Company, a company that reflects the spirit of the College. The company is comprised of auditioned dancers who learn choreography from well-known area choreographers and perform in various venues on and off campus throughout the semester. Individual creative expression is emphasized.

Cross-Disciplinary Concentration

Students whose interests span traditional disciplines have the ability to form their own program of study using the cross-disciplinary concentration. Students in this concentration share the same core as all performing arts students, but can select classes from between theater, dance and music. Education double-majors find this especially useful in that it prepares them for a career in education where they will ‘wear many hats’.

 


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