Performing Arts Program

 Performing Arts

Our program consists of Band, Choir, Theatre and Dance. No matter what your interests are, we have something for you.  By participating in our instrumental ensemblesvocal ensemblesTheatre Arts Program or dance, you'll have the opportunity to develop and showcase your talents with students and faculty who share your passion for performance!  Our program consists entirely of non-performing arts majors.  All of our students are here studying something else and want to keep music, theatre, or dance a part of their lives.  

We have a highly experienced and dedicated performing arts faculty who have performed all around the world, from jazz festivals in Brazil, opera houses in Germany, Broadway, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, The Kremlin, Broadway, and the White House. All of the SHU faculty are excited about the performing arts and want to share that passion with you!

We regularly have guest clinicians, artists, and instructors for all our performing arts areas. Recent guests include: Dr. Jon Mitchell (Music History), Frank Mastrone (Vocal Performance), Dr. Jeff Calissi (Percussion Performance), Fran Duffy (Harp Soloist), Ivan Rutherford (Vocal Performance), Joe Pietro (Tony Award Winner), Randy Skinner (Choreography), Leo Meyer (Set Design), Valerie Naranjo (World Music).

For those that want to take their interest even further, we offer a performing arts minor and a music minor with interesting and exciting courses as well as private lessons in all instruments and voice parts.  Our classroom courses, also open to all majors, will teach you about all kinds of fascinating music, classical to contemporary, new and old.

We invite all interested students to schedule an audition. Auditioning doesn't commit you to anything, it's just a way for you to learn a bit more about our program, see our facilities, and meet some current members.  Financial assistance in the form of Performing Arts Grants may be available.  Contact us to learn more. 

Latest News

University Band Performs in Italy

January 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University band’s first trip to Italy was a resounding success, creating lasting memories for SHU’s international superstars. The 52 band members, along with three professional staff, performed back-to-back concerts during the trip, which took place in early January.

SHU to Launch Major Concentration in Performing Arts

January 2, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies will begin offering a concentration in performing arts beginning in the fall of 2014. The new concentration is linked to the media arts major.“Fairfield and the surrounding area is a major hub for the performing arts, and the interests of our students reflects that passion,” says Lori Bindig, assistant professor of Communication and Media Studies. “That also means there is a plethora of opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom, from Fairfield right down the arts corridor into New York City.”

Dance Team Excels at NDA Championships

April 24, 2013

Sacred Heart University’s dance team came home from the National Dance Alliance Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a third-place overall win in Division 1. This was the highest finish for the team in school history. The team routinely performs at football and men’s and women’s basketball games while training year-round for the NDA Championships. The team is led by alum Deirdre (Eller) Hennessey who has served the past 14 years as head coach of the organization.