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 ensembles, choir programsTheatre 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

SHU to Host First Brass Fest

April 12, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University will host its first Brass Fest on Sunday, April 24, featuring workshops and performances by trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, horn player David Jolley, the Nautilus Brass Quintet, Haitian trumpeter Carlot Dorve and the Sacred Heart Faculty Brass. For additional information, contact Walker Beard at or 915-241-0828.

Famed Lyricist Carol Hall Leads Master Class for Theatre Arts Students

April 6, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn—Sacred Heart University students recently welcomed famed lyricist and composer Carol Hall at a master class at the University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Hall, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the 1978 Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, shared her know-how with students who are performing the hit this month. She spoke about her experiences working on the show, as well as the meaning behind many songs and characters.

Band Students Experience Ireland During Concert Tour

January 29, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Band members at Sacred Heart University had the experience of a lifetime when they traveled to Dingle, Ireland, for a concert tour over winter break. The weeklong adventure involved 65 band students playing four concerts while traveling throughout the region. Every two years, the band takes an international trip to learn about new cultures and to share the universal language of music with others. SHU’s connection with Dingle (the University offers a Freshmen in Dingle program every year), the region’s picturesque landscape, the welcoming townspeople and interesting history made Dingle a logical choice, said Keith Johnston, director of SHU bands.