Financial Aid for Performing Arts

Members of Performing Arts Programs (Choir, Band, Theatre, Dance) may be eligible to receive a Performing Arts Grant for a maximum of $3,000 or $4,000, depending on the program.  Students are welcome to join as many programs as they wish, however they will only receive a grant for one of these three programs.  
 
Performing Arts Grant for Vocal Ensembles
Incoming first year students are eligible to receive a Performing Arts Grant for participating with the Sacred Heart University Choral program. Students selected by audition to participate in the Choirs and Choral Program on campus are eligible to receive up to $3,000 annually in a renewable grant. These members should show high potential and musical promise. Preference will be given to students with strong musical and choral ensemble experience, and to those who are willing to make a firm commitment to the program for a complete academic year.  To be eligible for the maximum $3,000 grant, students commit to participate in two choral e ensembles, which entails an average commitment of about 4-5 hours per week. The ensembles include Concert Choir, Pioneer Choir, Ladies Only Vocal Ensemble, Women’s Quartet and the Liturgical Choir.  It is definitely possible to participate in more than two ensembles per semester if desired, however the maximum award amount still applies.
 
Auditions are for placement purposes and Performing Arts Grant consideration only.

All students who have been awarded a grant are required to fulfill the programs requirements detailed in the choir handbook in order for yearly renewal. Undergraduate full time students who would like to join the choral program during their sophomore, junior, or senior year may do so, however there is no guarantee that Performing Arts Grants will be available.

For more details regarding the Choir Grant Program, read the Choir Handbook.

Auditions take place on an ongoing basis.  Students selected will serve the community by singing in the choir.  There will be opportunities to serve as cantors, soloists and section leaders.  The audition is very informal and low-key and will consist of singing vocal warm-ups, a prepared song, and reading through a choral excerpt. 

To arrange a placement audition and interview, or for more information, please contact:
 
Dr. John Michniewicz
Director of Choral Programs
michniewiczj@sacredheart.edu
Tel: 203-396-8479
 
Performing Arts Grant for Instrumental Ensembles
Incoming first year students are eligible to receive a Performing Arts Grant for participating with the Sacred Heart Band program. Early Decision applicants to the University must meet the admissions department deadline to have submitted all materials and have performed or scheduled an audition with the Band Staff. 
 
Auditions are for placement purposes and Performing Arts Grant consideration only.

Incoming first year students who have been awarded a band grant are required to fulfill the programs requirements detailed in the band handbook in order for yearly renewal. Undergraduate full time students who would like to join the band during their sophomore, junior, or senior year may do so, however there is no guarantee that Performing Arts Grants will be available. Graduate and part time undergraduate students are not eligible for grant consideration. Speak with the band staff for more information.

Students selected by audition to participate in the Band Program can receive up to $4,000 annually in a renewable grant. These members should show high potential and musical promise. Preference will be given to students with strong musical and instrumental ensemble experience, and to those who are willing to make a firm commitment to the program throughout the academic year.  

All wind and percussion instrumentalists must sign up for MU-136 (University Concert Band).  This ensemble holds a grant value of $1000 and participation in this ensemble enables students to be eligible for grants for participation in Marching Band and Pep Band valued at $1500 each for a maximum of $4000. Guard Members are also eligible for this grant. Marching Band is valued at $1500 and Winter Guard is valued at $2500 due to the nature of this competitive activity and length of season.  Orchestral string players are eligible to receive a participation grant in the amount of $1000.  All members must sign up for String Ensemble to get this grant. (MU-134-A)

For more details regarding the Band Grant Program, read the Pioneer Band Handbook.

Auditions take place on an ongoing basis.  Students selected will serve the community by performing in the marching band, pep band, and winter guard.

To arrange a placement audition and interview, please contact:

Keith Johnston
Director of Bands
johnstonk@sacredheart.edu
Tel:  203-365-4767

Performing Arts Grant for Theatre Arts Program (TAP)

Incoming first year students are eligible to receive a Performing Arts Grant for participating with the Sacred Heart Theatre Arts Program (TAP). Early Decision applicants to the University must meet the December 1st deadline to have submitted all materials and have performed or scheduled an audition with the Theatre Staff.
 
Auditions are for placement purposes and Performing Arts Grant consideration only.

Incoming first year students who have been awarded a TAP grant are required to fulfill the programs requirements detailed in the TAP handbook in order for yearly renewal. Undergraduate full time students who would like to join TAP during their sophomore, junior, or senior year may do so, however there is no guarantee that Performing Arts Grants will be available. Graduate and part time undergraduate students are not eligible for grant consideration.

All enrolled students at Sacred Heart University, regardless of major or prior experience, are eligible to receive a grant in an amount of up to $3,000 applicable toward their tuition. Areas of concentration:

  • Performanceacting, movement, voice.
  • Technicalsound, lights, deck, rigging.
  • Administrationmarketing, front of house, production.
  • Designcostumes, props, set, lights, sound.
  • Creativedirecting, writing, composing.

For more details regarding the Theatre Arts Program, read the Theatre Arts Handbook.

To arrange a placement audition and interview, please contact:

Jerry Goehring
Executive Director of the Edgerton for the Performing Arts
goehringg@sacredheart.edu
Tel: 203-371-7926

Performing Arts Grant for SHU Dance Company

Incoming first year students are eligible to receive a Performing Arts Grant for participating with the Sacred Heart University Dance Company. Students are selected via audition to participate in the SHU Dance Company.  Only those students selected to participate in the Dance Company are eligible to receive $3,000 annually in a renewable grant. These members are selected on their ability, proven technical background and performance in dance. For candidates who may have a natural talent in genres that require less technical training, e.g. Hip Hop, they should express keen choreography and performance. Core Genres, but not limited to: Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. Once selected, you must be willing to make a firm commitment to the program for a complete academic year. All selected candidates will be given a copy of the SHU Dance Company grant participation agreement/Handbook, and will be expected to agree to all the terms and conditions set forth, prior to being admitted into the company.

Early Decision applicants to the University must meet the December 1st deadline having submitted all materials including the completion of their audition in Dance.  

Auditions are for acceptance into the SHU Dance Company and the Performing Arts Grant consideration only.

Undergraduate full time students who would like to join the SHU Dance Company during their sophomore, junior, or senior year may audition for consideration to be accepted into the company.  Graduate and part time undergraduate students are not eligible to be in the company.  Please speak with the Director of Dance for more information.

For more details and requirements regarding the SHU Dance Company, read the SHU Dance Company Handbook (Coming Soon!)

Auditions are on an ongoing basis via video.  Please submit all videos to the Director of Dance, via email at alibertis@sacredheart.edu. Please label email subject: SHU Dance Company Audition VideoIf for some reason you need to make other audition arrangements, please contact the Director of Dance.

Scott Aliberti
Director of Dance
Tel: 203-396-8059
alibertis@sacredheart.edu