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 ensembles, vocal ensembles, Theatre 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.
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.
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.