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
Biography - Click Here

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.


Laura Bee
Laura Bee
Piano Instructor

BS in Music, University of Wisconsin-Platteville



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

Benjamin Blasko
Benjamin Blasko
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Instrumental Ensembles


Office Phone: 563.589.3797
E-mail: bblasko@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302E Heritage Center

Kristen Eby
Kristen Eby
Adjunct Music Faculty

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

Office Phone: 563.589.3564
E-mail: keby@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.3482

Biography - Click Here

Kristen Eby, M.M., has been adjunct music professor at the University of Dubuque since 2004, 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.


William Encke
William Encke
Adjunct Music Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3325
E-mail: bencke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.3482

Matthew Gaunitz
Matthew Gaunitz
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

MM, New England Conservatory of Music
BM, Iowa State University



E-mail: mgaunitz@dbq.edu 
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Matthew Gaunitz holds a master’s degree in trumpet performance, from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. As a performer and educator, he has performed with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, and has worked as a choral director for various Iowa churches. He has taught brass lessons both privately and in master class settings for the past 10 years and worked with El Sistema in Somerville, Massachusetts. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Gaunitz has performed regularly with brass quintets and quartets for several years. In his time with the Fourscore Brass Quartet, he participated in a fellowship that designed and performed educational programs for schools in the Virginia Beach area.


Holly Gaunitz
Holly Gaunitz
Adjunct Professor of Piano

MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy - University of Northern Iowa
BA, Piano - Iowa State University



E-mail: hgaunitz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Heritage Center
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Mrs. Gaunitz earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Iowa and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano from Iowa State University. She has been teaching private and group piano lessons since 2006 and has worked for several community music schools throughout Iowa and Massachusetts. While earning her degrees, she taught college group piano courses, accompanied soloists and choirs, and was the keyboardist for local churches. Mrs. Gaunitz was a member of the Army National Guard for six years and toured with both the 34th and 215th Army Bands. In 2013, she co-founded a service learning project to provide free group piano lessons for underprivileged children. She also presented at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association conference in 2014 and won first place in UNI’s Outstanding Master’s Research Paper competition in 2015. 


Asami Hagiwara
Asami Hagiwara
Adjunct Professor


E-mail: AHagiwara@dbq.edu 

Garrick Johnson II
Garrick Johnson II
Adjunct Faculty - Contemporary Dance Company


E-mail: gjohnson@dbq.edu 

Doug Mackie
Doug Mackie
Adjunct Professor of Dance, Choreography, and Theatre

MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



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

Amy Ressler
Amy Ressler
Director of Theatre & Dance; Professor of Theatre

MFA, Arizona State University; Educational Theatre
MAT, National-Louis University; Secondary Education
BA, Clarke College

Office Phone: 563.589.3635
E-mail: aressler@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302F Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.3482

James Sherry
James Sherry
Adjunct Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts

DMA, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
MM, Yale University School of Music
BS, Illinois State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3325
E-mail: jsherry@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.3482
Biography - Click Here

Dr. James Sherry, director of jazz and instrumental ensembles at the University, earned his master’s degree from Yale University and his doctorate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to conducting responsibilities, he regularly teaches courses in jazz history, music appreciation, and the Core Curriculum’s World View Seminar. He also serves as the music director at Dubuque’s Grandview United Methodist Church.

At Johns Hopkins University Sherry conducted the Johns Hopkins University Choral Society and served as director of bands for seven years. He has conducted Chicago’s All-City Meritfest Band in Symphony Hall, the Bangkok Opera, Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Baltimore School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, as well as numerous public school music programs in Baltimore, Dubuque and Chicago.

Dr. Sherry has organized and directed workshops for band, jazz, and brass in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, and clinics in high schools and colleges across this count y in forty states. As an adjudicator, he has judged events such as the fifth and sixth Asian Wind Symphonic Band Competitions, numerous jazz festivals, state solo and ensemble competitions as well as the Maryland Harp Festival. His compositions and arrangements have been presented by the Johns Hopkins University Band, University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble, Mahidol University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Chicago’s Saful Rumba and Dubuque’s Swingset Eclectic Jazz.

As a trumpet soloist he has performed in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles as well as on tours across the United States, Germany and Southeast Asia. He has been a featured soloist with ensembles such as the Yale University Band, Sones de Mexico Chicago, The Frederick Orchestra of Maryland, the Tubingen Sinfonietta of Germany, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Chicago Gamelan Ensemble.


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
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Director of Theatre and Dance


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.