Fine and Performing Arts 

The University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) major offers concentrations in music, theatre, or dance. The department also offers minors in music, theatre, or dance. The theatre concentration works closely with the Drama Club to present several full-mounted productions each year.

A (FPA) music concentration consists of courses in music theory, music history, performance ensembles, and individual applied lessons. The ensembles offer performances throughout the fall and spring semesters.

A (FPA) dance concentration focuses on both traditional and modern dance forms. Dance ensembles and individual dance students present performances in both the fall and spring semesters.

What You Will Learn

  • Develop an understanding of theoretical principles of the arts and learn to use them effectively.
  • Create, perform, and experience work in a variety of art forms with a high level of comprehension and appreciation.
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in critical and analytical thinking through effective speaking, writing, and performing on topics in the fine arts.
  • Gain the ability to develop and demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic value.
  • Learn to demonstrate the practical application of ethical community outreach through the fine and performing arts disciplines.
  • Use the fine arts to gain insight into historical eras and the human condition, as well as develop and demonstrate skills in effective project and event management, interpersonal communication, marketing, and audience development.

Program of Study

University of Dubuque offers the major in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) with concentrations in music, theatre, or dance. The department also offers minors in music, theatre or dance.


What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts program allows students the opportunity to perform sacred music on campus at worship and other religious events. The program further offers courses and performance opportunities which are open to all students, helping to build a foundation for academic inquiry that emphasizes the arts as part of the larger world.

Students have the opportunity to participate in performance and travel opportunities which encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development. The program offers opportunities for performance and study in the arts which are ethnically diverse, helping to foster a life-long interest in learning about, experiencing, and performing music, theatre, art and dance in church and community.

 

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts graduates have pursued careers ranging from performance, graphic design, and art education to marketing and nonprofit administration. 

News from the Department

Please visit the Fine and Performing Arts Calendar for upcoming dates and times of performances. 

Fine and Performing Arts - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter.  Students will meet with their adviser to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.  Fine & Performing Arts students are expected to enroll in a performance ensemble each semester and music students would also be enrolled in lessons on the major instrument each semester.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
UDMA 111: College Mathematics  (3) or other Math Course
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Computers (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
FPA 101: Interdisciplinary Arts I (1) 

J-Term
Required 

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
BIO 111: Biological Science and Lab (4) or other Science Lab Course
RES 104: Introduction to Research Writing (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
FPA 101: Interdisciplinary Arts I (1)


Year Two

Fall Semester
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
World View Seminar III (3 credits)
ENG 112/ENG 260: Literature (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
FPA 201: Interdisciplinary Arts II (1) 

J-Term
Required 

Spring Semester
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
SOC 111/PSY 110: Introduction to Sociology (3)/Psychology (3)
Fine & Performing Arts Course
UDHS 121: World Civilization (3)
FPA 201: Interdisciplinary Arts II (1)


Year Three

Fall Semester
CCS 101/UDLS 111: Cross-Cultural Study (1)/Elementary Spanish I (3)
Foundation Coursework (3)
Foundation Coursework (3)
Foundation Coursework (3)
FPA 301: Interdisciplinary Arts III (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
Foundation Coursework (3)
Interdisciplinary Arts Coursework (3)
Interdisciplinary Arts Coursework (3)
Interdisciplinary Arts Coursework (3)
FPA 301: Interdisciplinary Arts III (1)


Year Four

Fall Semester
Interdisciplinary Arts Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
FPA 485:   Internship (3)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
Interdisciplinary Arts Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
Concentration Coursework (3)
FPA 495 Senior Seminar (3)

Charles Barland
Charles Barland
Fine and Performing Arts Department Head; Professor of Music

DMA, University of Kansas
MA University of Iowa
BA, Carroll University

Office Phone: 563.589.3564
E-mail: cbarland@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302D Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.3482
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Charles Barland was appointed director of the University of Dubuque Choir in 2002 and is currently a Professor of Music at the University of Dubuque. His duties include serving as department chair, conducting the Concert Choir; teaching courses in general music studies; serving as organist for college events and seminary worship services; and teaching applied lessons.  Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Barland was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dubuque and Loras College and was minister of music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Charles Barland earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, the Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas.  He has studied organ with Phyllis Stringham, Delbert Disselhorst, James Higdon, Delores Bruch, and Michael Bauer.  His choral mentors include Mark Aamot, William Hatcher, Richard Bloesch, Simon Carrington, and René Clausen.  He has served as a church musician for congregations in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Kansas.

As a graduate student, Barland taught music theory, aural skills, and keyboard courses at the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas, winning the award for outstanding graduate teaching assistant at KU.  In 1999, he was honored by Carroll University when selected as the first recipient of the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) award for achievements during the first decade after graduation.  In 2006 he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Dubuque.  His most recent honor was being named the winner of the John Knox Coit prize for excellence in teaching and advising, the highest award given to faculty by the University of Dubuque.

In addition to his duties at the University of Dubuque, he is an active member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, serving on the artistic advisory committee and the education committee and is Dean of the Dubuque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He serves as an organist at several churches including St. Luke's United Methodist Church (Dubuque), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Dubuque), Queen of the Rosary Chapel (Sinsinawa) and the Cathedral of St. Raphael (Dubuque).  He has been a volunteer in the Big Brothers program in Dubuque and in 2008 became a grandparent.


Thiago Ancelmo de Souza
Thiago Ancelmo de Souza
Adjunct Instructor

BM, UNESP - Instituto de Artes, Sao Paulo - Brazil
MA, Hochschule für Musik der Stadt Basel, Basel - Switzerland



E-mail: tancelmodesouza@dbq.edu 

Robert Beardsley
Robert Beardsley
Adjunct Professor of Theatre

I.B.M. - International Brotherhood of Magicians
S.A.M. - Society of American Magicians



E-mail: rbeardsley@dbq.edu 
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Robert has been a professional performer and magic teacher for the last 20 years. He performs magic on a daily basis while out in the community with a focus on sleight of hand with cards, coins, and silks. Robert also performs stand-up shows which emphasize the classics of magic. He has a genuine love for the art of magic and likes the challenge of performing and enjoys seeing the smiles and reactions of those watching him perform. Robert is currently the president of the Tri-State Magic Club and he is the I.B.M. Ring no. 93 territorial vice president of the Iowa Section of I.B.M. He is also a member of the Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities magic clubs. 


Laura Bee
Laura Bee
Piano Instructor

BS in Music, University of Wisconsin-Platteville



E-mail: lbee@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Heritage Center

Michael Compton
Michael Compton
Adjunct/Interim Wind Ensemble Director

DMA, Shenandoah University
MA, California State University-Sacramento
BMus, California State University-Sacramento



E-mail: Wcompton@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
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Michael Compton, a California native, received a bachelor of music and a master of arts in saxophone performance from California State University-Sacramento and a doctor of musical arts in saxophone performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (Virginia). Compton currently serves as band director at Solon Middle School and Solon Intermediate School in Solon, Iowa, where he directs four concert bands and two jazz bands. Prior to accepting his current position, he served as director of jazz and woodwind studies at Cameron University (Oklahoma), director of bands at Dickinson State University (North Dakota), and director of bands and music education at Graceland University (Iowa). He began his career teaching instrumental and vocal music in grades 4 through 12 in the Sacramento, California, region where he grew up.

As a performer, Compton has appeared with a variety of artists including Louis Bellson, Frank Mantooth, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Temptations, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. He currently plays in local ensembles including the Cedar Rapids Jazz Big Band, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and Des Moines Metro Concert Band and Big Band. He is in demand as a guest conductor and has directed honor bands throughout the Midwest including Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, and North Dakota.

Throughout his 32 year career, Compton has been a member of professional organizations such as the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Jazz Educators of Iowa, North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Association of Jazz Educators, Collegiate Band Directors National Association, and National Association for Music Educators chapters in Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, and California. He has served on state-level music education boards in Iowa and North Dakota and founded the Prairie Winds Concert Band, a regional concert band serving central and western Kansas.

He is married to Andrea, a literacy consultant with the Grant Wood Area Education Association in Cedar Rapids. They have two sons, Ian and Nathan.


Ben Drury
Ben Drury
Adjunct Professor of Music


E-mail: BDrury@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Kristen Eby
Kristen Eby
Director of Choral Activities

MM, University of Oregon; Choral Conducting
BA, Westmont College; Music Education and Piano Performance



Office Phone: 563.589.3482
E-mail: Keby@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302G Heritage Center
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Kristen Eby, MM, is the director of choral activities at University of Dubuque. She has been with the University since 2004 as an adjunct music professor, directing handbell and choral ensembles and teaching voice. Prior to that, she spent four years as director of choral and vocal activities at Loras College. She is active in the Dubuque music community as director of the Julien Chamber Choir and maintains her own private voice studio.

Ms. Eby received her master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Oregon, where she also performed in the Oregon Bach Festival chorus under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education and piano performance at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.


Victor Evans
Victor Evans
Adjunct Professor of Music
Gospel Choir Director


E-mail: Vevans@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
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Victor Evans graduated from Wartburg College in 2007. He joined the UD Gospel Choir in 2016 and became head director in 2017. He has enjoyed playing and singing gospel music since he was a little boy in church. He has performed with the University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg College, and University of Dubuque gospel choirs. He and his wife of 33 years, Lucy, have 10 grown children. Currently, Victor is a Title 1 teacher at the Walter Cunningham School of Excellence in Waterloo, Iowa, and the founding pastor of the Promised Land Ministry Church of God in Christ in Dubuque, Iowa.


Marissa Flemming
Marissa Flemming
Adjunct Professor of Music


E-mail: mkflemming@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Katherine Galliart
Katherine Galliart
Adjunct Professor of Music

MM, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
BM, Drake University



E-mail: kgalliart@dbq.edu 
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Katherine Galliart received a master of music in voice performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She also holds a bachelor of music in voice performance from Drake University with a minor in musical theatre. While attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Galliart performed the title role of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and the role of Claudette in Milton Granger’s Bluebeard’s Waiting Room. Other roles include Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Emily in Our Town (cover), and Giannetta in Elixir of Love. In 2015, Galliart sang “First Spirit” in Die Zauberflöte with the Astoria Music Festival, where her “high-soprano delivery, fine phrasing and comic touches [were] buoyant to behold” (Oregon Music News). Galliart was also a finalist in the North Shore Choral Society Donald Chen Young Artist Competition. While in Chicago, she performed with the Edgebrook Concert Series as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Lucinda in Into the Woods.  She was most recently seen with Giving Tree Theater as Lily in The Secret Garden.

Galliart serves as an adjunct professor of voice at the University of Dubuque. Prior to that, she was on faculty at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, as an adjunct instructor of voice. A member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, she currently maintains her own private voice studio.


Masa Iwasaki
Masa Iwasaki
Adjunct Professor of Music

BA, Loras College
Berklee College of Music in Japan
Japan Sound School, Tokyo, Japan



E-mail: miwasaki@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
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Masa Iwasaki is originally from Tokyo, Japan. While he was in Tokyo, he performed six days a week with different musical groups. He moved to Dubuque in 1989 to attend Loras College ESL program. After completion of the program, Iwasaki continued his education at Loras. He earned music and music education degrees (cum laude) from Loras in 1996. 

Iwasaki has taught percussion as an adjunct instructor at Loras since 1996, Clarke University since 2001, University of Dubuque since 2009, and Divine Word College since 2012. He also teaches private lessons in his home studio and is a guest clinician and mentor for local middle and high schools. 

Iwasaki has performed a variety of musical styles with many musical groups both locally and nationally, including the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, David Somerville, The Chordettes, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Russ Morgan Orchestra, Sammy Kay Orchestra, Ellis Marsalis, and many others.  He has performed numerous musicals, concerts, and shows at The Grand Opera House and the Bell Tower Theater in Dubuque as well as multiple other venues from the Midwest to the East Coast.


Garrick Johnson II
Garrick Johnson II
Adjunct Professor of Dance
Spartan Street Hip-Hop Director


E-mail: gjohnson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Joy Lee
Joy Lee
Adjunct Professor of Theatre


E-mail: joylee@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
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Joy Lee is an adjunct professor who teaches movement and performance. She gets excited about new works and empowering people through drama-based activities. Her interests in theatre, movement, and social justice developed while she was studying theatre and education at the University of Toronto.  Her experiences led her to explore devised theatre, Butoh, clowning, and Theatre of the Oppressed. At the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, Lee performed in The Cage, a political satire on the G20 protest arrests in 2010. In 2015, she participated as a deviser and performer in a multilingual theatre experiment titled In Sundry Languages that explored issues of racism and cross-cultural understanding, and it celebrated the beauty of diverse languages. Lee is a founding member of Lester Trips (Theatre) and a 2014-2015 board member of Cahoots Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Shanda Munson
Shanda Munson
Adjunct Professor of Theatre


E-mail: SMunson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Jocelyn Odegard
Jocelyn Odegard
Adjunct Professor of Music


E-mail: jodegard@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

David Resnick
David Resnick
Adjunct Professor of Music


E-mail: dresnick@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
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David Resnick is the executive director for Northeast Iowa School of Music. He completed 25 years as director of bands at Clarke University. Along with his conducting duties, Resnick taught saxophone and clarinet, jazz, and instrumental technique classes. He has performed with the Quad City Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony. He regularly performs on the saxophone, clarinet, and piano in several professional music groups in the Dubuque area. Resnick has composed works for musical theatre, band, choir, and string orchestra as well as solo literature. He wrote, composed, directed, and performed in the recent musical produced in August at the Bell Tower Theatre, Fish on Friday. Recently, Resnick composed and performed the music for Fairest of Them All, which was staged in 2015 by the Dubuque City Youth Ballet at The Grand Opera House. He also composed and performed the music for Bellissimo, which was staged in 2013. He holds a master of music education and an Iowa permanent professional teaching certificate. Resnick has been involved in a broad spectrum of community organizations and currently serves on the Dubuque City Council.


Austin Seybert
Austin Seybert
Adjunct Professor of Music

MM, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
BA, Marshall University



E-mail: aseybert@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
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Originally from Bridgeport, West Virginia, Austin Seybert completed two bachelor degrees from Marshall University in music education and jazz studies in 2012 and a masters in jazz trombone performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2014. Since then, he has won and achieved numerous national and international awards involved with the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Association, and DownBeat Magazine. In the last four years alone, Seybart has placed as a finalist or selected as a winner in six international trombone, composition, or jazz competitions. Beyond the music awards and competitions, Seybart also has international performance experience as the lead trombonist of the International Glenn Miller Orchestra in 2016. He is a sought-out educator in the Midwest and is going into his fifth year of collegiate teaching where he currently serves as the professor of low brass and jazz at the University of Dubuque. Seybart has also served as a guest artist at several universities across the United States and is a signed trombone artist for Shilke/Greenhoe instruments and plays Greenhoe trombones exclusively. Currently, Seybart is in his last year of his doctoral studies as a DMA candidate in trombone performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.


Nora Shook
Nora Shook
Graduate Assistant, Department of Fine and Performing Arts

BS, Kansas State University



Office Phone: 563.589.3384
E-mail: nshook@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302B Heritage Center
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Nora Shook serves as the graduate assistant for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. She earned three bachelor's degrees from Kansas State University in nutrition, dietetics, and kinesiology and is currently pursuing her masters in management-communication at the University of Dubuque. Shook has been involved in dance since the age of three and has taken that passion with her in all of her endeavors. She has danced with the Madison Ballet, performed in many lead dance roles while at Kansas State University, and most recently worked for Walt Disney World, performing and dancing in shows and parades. Since moving to Dubuque, Shook has enjoyed becoming involved in all that Dubuque has to offer. She is excited to be a part of the University of Dubuque community.


Deb Stevens
Deb Stevens
Adjunct Music Faculty

MA, Loras College
BM.Ed, Aquinas College

Office Phone: 563.589.3564
E-mail: dstevens@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.3690

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Deb Stevens  earned her Bachelors of Music Education Degree from Aquinas College and her Master of Arts Degree in Effective Teaching from Loras College. 

Deb is currently teaching Instrumental Music in the Dubuque Community School District, as well as World Music here at the University of Dubuque. 

Honors recieved in her past 33 years of teaching range from being named Teacher of the Year in Dubuque as well as one of the top 100 top educatiors on the National level.   

Deb presentated a clinic on Improvisation with her Elementary Jazz Ensemble performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York City.  Published articles on Effective Teaching and Teaching Improvisation have appeared in various publications. 


Gregory Wolf
Gregory Wolf
Director of Theatre


Office Phone: 563.589.3635
E-mail: gwolf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302F Heritage Center

Careers in Fine and Performing Arts

A wide variety of entry-level jobs are open to fine and performing arts majors.

BA Opportunities

A fine and performing arts major can provide entry into a variety of careers, including teaching drama in an educational setting; arts administration/management; and performance: acting or directing, scenic or lighting design, drama/expressive therapies, private studio instruction, church music, accompanying, and performance.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Some students with fine and performing arts majors have gone on to graduate school to prepare for careers as performers, researchers, and college teachers. Students can choose to narrow their focus of study at the graduate level.

Successful Outcomes

Laurel Evertse BA, 2012 Fine and Performing Arts

I graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor of arts individually-pIanned major in music. Following my graduation, I joined the music faculty at Clarke University as department accompanist, providing keyboard support to individuals at applied lessons, ensemble accompaniment, and keyboard for music and theatre performances.  In addition, before I moved back to western Iowa, I worked as a free-lance musician serving the area high schools as an accompanist for solo/ensemble contests and was an active member of the Julien Chamber Choir, a semi-professional, auditioned choral ensemble. I also maintain a private piano instruction studio.  During my years at the University of Dubuque, I was co-president of the UD Concert Choir (along with my husband) and was a featured soloist with the choir on a West Coast tour as well as a soloist in a performance of Handel’s Messiah with orchestra.