Performing Arts Major
The Performing Arts program at Stonehill offers four concentrations: Dance, Music, Theatre or Cross-Disciplinary. The program offers minors in Dance, Music, Music Technology or Theatre Arts.
Unique Blend of Theory and Applied Learning
The Performing Arts major 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 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.
Performing Arts Concentrations
Students in the performing arts major must choose a concentration in dance, music, theatre or cross-disciplinary performance.
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.
The Performing Arts major – Music concentration and Music minor 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.
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.
Students whose interests span traditional disciplines have the ability to form their own program of study using the Performing Arts major – 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."
Performing Arts Minors
The Dance minor is designed to challenge students whether they are novices exploring a new world or seasoned dancers furthering their quest for new dance genres.
Students in the Music minor experience classes and ensembles that inspire creativity and maximize their potential guided by faculty who provide individual coaching and instruction
The Music Technology program at Stonehill enables students to create music using the latest software and hardware. Students will learn to record instruments, as well as to edit and mix multitrack recordings.
The Theatre Arts minor provides students the chance to enter the world of theater arts and discover themselves and their abilities anew while challenging their body, mind and imagination
Sample Performing Arts Courses
Writing for the Arts
Dance for Musical Theatre
Career Development Resources
The Stonehill Career Development Center offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.
Visual & Performing Arts-specific career resources:
- Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level positions
- Annual career fairs
- Various industry-specific career lunches – arts administration, nonprofits
- Externships and internships in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. (weeklong and semesterlong programs).
Visual & Performing Arts Honor Society Affiliations
Lamda Epsilon Sigma
Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is the national theater honor society.
Compassionate Leadership Through the Arts
The Arts Outreach program pairs under-served children from the nearby city of Brockton with Stonehill mentors. Because most of the Stonehill students who participate have little experience in art, the projects they undertake – ranging from photography and videography to painting and sometimes dance – provide an opportunity for the mentors and mentees to learn and do something new together.