The music and theatre departments share students and cooperate each year to stage a musical. This year’s production was The Sound of Music. Past performances have included H.M.S. Pinafore, Into the Woods, Music Man, Oklahoma, Sound of Music, Brigadoon, Company and other well-known musical theatre productions.
Each generation of students (about every four years) has the opportunity to travel to Europe in late May/early June for an international music tour. Traditionally, the 30-day tour allows the group to stay in an area for three to four days, performing a formal concert, staying with host families, and seeing the sights that area has to offer. Students grow through this opportunity for cultural interaction brought about through the language of music.
Each year choral and instrumental ensembles tour during the spring term. These concerts bring the college to churches, schools, and communities where alumni live. A typical visit includes an evening meal and concert at a church, an overnight stay and breakfast with host families, and a school and/or community program the next day, followed by travel to the next stop. As the group travels to other parts of the country, opportunity is taken for recreation at local attractions. Students look forward to this travel opportunity each year.
Small instrumental and vocal ensembles journey into the past. Performing in costume, vocalists and instrumentalists sing and play Renaissance (1450-1600) madrigals, motets, rounds, and dances. Students experience a time long gone and play the role of musicians from another time period.