The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Dubuque offers a major and minor in Fine & Performing Arts with emphases in music, theatre, or dance. For more information about majoring in the Fine and Performing Arts, visit our academic page.
In addition to our academic programs, the department has a rich tradition of choirs open to all students on campus. Ensembles are open to all university students, regardless of major. Academic credit is available for participation in performance ensembles.
The University of Dubuque Concert Choir studies choral repertoire from all genres and musical periods. The group performs between two to four concerts annually, and frequently performs at University functions such as homecoming, opening convocation, commencement, and more.
The group also goes on a national tour every spring, and has travelled to 38 states and Puerto Rico during the past ten years. Cities the Concert Choir has performed in include New York City, Boston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., San Juan, and Honolulu.
Membership in Concert Choir is open to all students regardless of major. A short audition is required to determine voice part and placement in the ensemble. Concert Choir is available for one hour of credit to non-majors, and fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.
The ensemble meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
The University of Dubuque Chamber Singers is a select group of 8-12 vocalists derived from members of the Concert Choir. The group performs challenging choral chamber pieces and a capella works, and performs two of their own concerts annually, as well as performing during the Concert Choir's concerts.
Membership in Chamber Singers is open by audition to all students currently enrolled in Concert Choir. Chamber Singers is available for one hour of credit to non-majors, and fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.
The ensemble meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
The University of Dubuque Women’s Choir sings a wide variety of styles, from classical to pop/modern and maintains a lighter performance schedule of a couple events per semester. Designed to accommodate busy student schedules, this group rehearses less than two hours per week.
Membership in the Women’s Choir is determined by a short audition, consisting of a range check and pitch matching exercise. It is available for one hour of credit to non-majors, and fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.
The ensemble meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
The University of Dubuque Gospel Choir performs classic to modern gospel repertoire. The ensemble performs two concerts per year, and performs in the Dubuque church community and for University functions, as well. Membership in Gospel Choir is open to all students, regardless of major.
The ensemble meets on Wednesday evenings in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
|Dubuque Chorale Songfest|
|Saturday, September 29||7:30 p.m.||Butler Hall|
|Sunday, October 28||3:00 p.m.||Steffens Hall, MTAC|
|Gospel Choir Fall Concert|
|Wednesday, November 7||7:30 p.m.||Blades Chapel|
|Christmas at Heritage Center|
|Friday, November 30||7:30 p.m.||Butler Hall|
|*Snow date: Saturday, December 1, 2:00 p.m.|
|Dr. Charles Barland Faculty Organ Recital featuring UD Concert Choir|
|Tuesday, February 26||7:00 p.m.||Sinsinawa|
|Spring Praise Band and Gospel Choir Concert
|Wednesday, April 3||7:30 p.m.||Blades Chapel|
|Concert Choir Spring Concert
|Sunday, May 5||2:00 p.m.||Butler Hall|
|Chamber Singers Spring Concert|
|Saturday, May 11||4:00 p.m.||Blades Chapel