Is your passion set and costume design for a major musical production, presenting a recital on a 9 foot Steinway grand piano or traveling the United States or Europe on a choir or band tour?

Our students participate in all aspects of creativity through the performing arts program at McPherson College including – box office sales, marketing and publicity, set construction, section leaders, student conductors, solo and small ensemble performances and dinner theatre.

From the 2016 May POPS Concert:
McPherson College Concert Band, McPherson College Jazz Band and the McPherson County Jazz Horn Quartet.

The Department of Performing Arts commits itself to developing – through a professional based approach supported by academic instruction – our students’ knowledge and skills of music and theatre with a multicultural view and interdisciplinary commitment towards artistic creativity, collaboration, ethics, scholarship, professionalism and service.
We offer a major with tracks in Music and Theatre . Students may choose to add a Music or Theatre Teaching Licensure by completing the requirements of our Teacher Education Program. See our Catalog for program and course descriptions.
Our Faculty members encourage students to develop skills, build relationships, and express themselves through performance.
Scholarships are available for students who major in the performing arts.
Students can develop their musicianship and leadership skills through various ensembles and participate in special performance opportunities like musical theatre, a Renaissance fest, and Broadway musical revues.
Theatre productions vary from light musical comedy to classics to pertinent social drama and include the First Nighters dinner theatre program.
Get your membership to the Alpha Psi Omega First Nighters dinner theatre program.

From the Performing Arts faculty:

“Throughout history, whenever humans have been faced with the ultimate questions of life and existence, they have relied upon music in their search for meaning. So I am passionate about teaching music and strive to pass on my love of music to my students. I have high expectations for my students to succeed at whatever their individual skill level is. I want them to experience music at its best so they can experience life at its best.”
“I like to tell jokes. I look for the humor in almost every situation. I use humor as a way to deflect attention, but I also use humor to make points about life that might be a little too harsh otherwise. If you can laugh at it, you can live with it. I like music, art and theatre. I am passionate about Queer Studies and feminism as well as LGBTQ and Civil Rights. I usually run late to appointments. It’s not out of disrespect; rather, I see time as flexible. I’m ferociously private. I will share “personal” stories that are generic to put others at ease and help give them a sense of connectedness. But, I won’t share things that I don’t want to share. No matter what, I care for my students passionately. I believe that once you’re part of the McPherson family, you’re family for life.”
“Students deserve exceptional instruction and are to be acquainted only with the finest music literature, pedagogical materials, and methodologies. I believe students deserve superb instructors who are themselves exceptional musicians, scholars, and mentors. As a professor, I must cultivate a safe and inclusive learning environment in which students are actively engaged and high expectations are the norm.”

 

Fine Arts Calendar

 

MC Performing Arts

We're in Love with our season posters designed by the multi-talented graphic designer & band student Lillian O. They really capture the celebration of our 100th Year of Theatre at McPherson College. Watch for these up around town soon & Join us for a show this season! ... See MoreSee Less

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Were in Love with our season posters designed by the multi-talented graphic designer & band student Lillian O. They really capture the celebration of our 100th Year of Theatre at McPherson College. Watch for these up around town soon & Join us for a show this season!

 

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That is because Lillian is the best!

Love the designs. Great job Lillian Oeding!

Great work. Keep it up.

 

17-18 Theatre Season

Theatre
McPherson College presents the 17-18 season productions Greater Tuna, Charley’s Aunt, Musical Herstory, Piggie & Elephant: We Are In A Play!, and Another Antigone.

McPherson College Band

Music
McPherson College band gets coveted spot at KMEA event! The McPherson College band is among concert bands from just four colleges selected to perform at the event in February 2018.

Students in the music program can develop their musicianship and leadership skills through various ensembles and participate in special performance opportunities like musical theatre, a Renaissance fest, and Broadway musical revues.