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 brings together performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors, who are here studying something else and want to keep music, theatre, or dance a part of their lives.

For those that want to take their interest even further, we offer a BA in Theatre Arts with concentrations in acting and musical theatre as well as a dance minortheatre 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 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).

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

Huffington Post: Sacred Heart Students Stage Heads on Theatre Row

October 2, 2015

Leveraging his experience as a Tony-nominated producer, Jerry Goehring - who is also Director of Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University - has devised what he believes is a theatre major like no other. With the goal of providing undergraduates non-academic-world experience, the school's new theatre arts program launched earlier this year.

Band Director Makes Musical Mission Trip to Haiti

August 5, 2015

Fairfield, Conn. - ‌Keith Johnston, director of Bands at Sacred Heart University, recently joined music professors from across the United States and half a dozen countries to teach music to some of Haiti’s most talented young musicians. Johnston traveled to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, on a 10-day musical mission to teach at the Holy Trinity School of Music’s Summer Music Camp. “The summer music program has run uninterrupted since 1971. Through political turmoil—and the devastating earthquake of 2010—this program has taken place,” he says.

New Theatre Arts Major Announced

March 25, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University is announcing a new undergraduate degree in theatre arts, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2015. The new program will be housed in the Department of Communication & Media Studies and will be based on the university’s main campus in Fairfield.