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)

Kristen Eby
Kristen Eby
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Head

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 Department of Fine and Performing Arts Head 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.


Charles Barland
Charles Barland
Professor of Music
University Organist

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 and University Organist at University of Dubuque. His duties include 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.


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. 


Cassandra Bechard
Cassandra Bechard
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music


Office Phone: 563.589.3140
E-mail: CBechard@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302H Heritage Center
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Dr. Cassandra Bechard is director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental music at University of Dubuque.

She received a doctor of musical arts degree in wind band conducting from the University of Minnesota in 2019. Cassandra holds a master’s degree in bassoon performance from Bowling Green State University, 2011, and dual bachelor’s degrees in music education and music performance from Central Michigan University, 2009. During Cassandra’s doctoral studies she had the privilege of being the conductor for Maroon Campus Band from 2016 to 2019, a non-auditioned concert band comprised of 80 students. Cassandra guest conducted the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Pride of Minnesota.

Off campus, Cassandra served as the artistic director and conductor of Seward Concert Band, a non-auditioned community band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cassandra is an active clinician and presenter. Most recently she presented at the Idaho Bandmasters Convention and has been selected to present on a panel at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in December 2019.

She has also given various presentations in South Dakota and Oklahoma. As a clinician, Cassandra actively visits middle and high schools and has been invited to conduct the South Dakota All State Middle School Band in March 2020. Prior to her doctoral studies, Cassandra was assistant band director at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and concurrently served as adjunct bassoon professor at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Cassandra spent summers during her undergraduate and master’s degrees working at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan, as a cabin counselor and unit director.

Cassandra currently resides in Dubuque with her musically talented husband, son, two small dogs, and multiple fish.


Laura Bee
Laura Bee
Piano Instructor

BS in Music, University of Wisconsin-Platteville



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

Michelle Blanchard
Adjunct Instructor

E-mail: MBlanchard@dbq.edu 

Korissa Clark
Korissa Clark
Operations and Promotions Manager for Heritage Center and Department of Fine and Performing Arts

MMCM, University of Dubuque
BS, UW-Platteville



Office Phone: 563.589.3325
E-mail: kclark@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302B Heritage Center
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Korissa serves as the operations and promotions manager to Heritage Center and Department of Fine and Performing Arts. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master in management-communication management degree from University of Dubuque. While at UW-P, she worked for the University Box Office and Center for the Arts. Clark worked for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois before coming to University of Dubuque.


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.


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.


Nolan Hauta
Nolan Hauta
Director of Jazz and Athletic Bands
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music

DMA, University of Iowa
MM, University of Minnesota - Duluth
BA, University of Minnesota - Morris



Office Phone: 563.589.3797
E-mail: NHauta@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302G Heritage Center
Fax: 563.589.563.589.3482
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Dr. Nolan Hauta is director of jazz and athletic bands and assistant professor of music at University of Dubuque. Prior to his current appointment, Hauta was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Iowa where he completed the doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting.

His responsibilities included conducting the three concert bands, chamber winds, pep band, and the 250-member Hawkeye Marching Band. At this time, he designed several half-time shows and wrote multiple custom arrangements. Hauta also assisted with the Iowa Honor Band and Iowa Summer Music Camps. Additionally, he worked with the Iowa City New Horizons Band for three years.

Prior to attending the University of Iowa, Hauta completed a bachelor of arts degree in music with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, Morris. There he earned teaching licenses in instrumental and vocal music. He performed with Jazz Ensemble 1 throughout Minnesota, the United States, and at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. Hauta also holds a master of music in music education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he completed all the coursework and recitals for a master of music in conducting. Hauta taught in the Eden Prairie, Ely, and Roseau school districts of Minnesota.

He has led concert and jazz ensembles of all ages: elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult. Hauta has served multiple band director associations as a committee member, section coach, audition adjudicator, festival host, and guest conductor. He has contributed to Connecticut Music Educators Association News, Iowa Music Educator, The Instrumentalist, The Interval, National Band Association Journal, School Band and Orchestra, Teaching Music, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He has presented original research at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic and the Historic Brass Society's Early Brass Festival. He is an active clinician, trombonist, and guest conductor.

Hauta lives in Dubuque with his wife, two sons, and two cats. 


Laci Hoffmann
Laci Hoffmann
Adjunct Instructor - Dance


E-mail: LHoffmann@dbq.edu 

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.


Jill Klinebriel
Jill Klinebriel
Accompanist


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

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.


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.