The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Dubuque offers a major and minor in Fine & Performing Arts with emphases in music, theatre, or dance. For more information about majoring in the Fine and Performing Arts, visit our academic page.
In addition to our academic programs, the department has a rich tradition of choirs open to all students on campus. Ensembles are open to all university students, regardless of major. Academic credit is available for participation in performance ensembles.
The University of Dubuque Concert Choir studies choral repertoire from all genres and musical periods. The group performs between two to four concerts annually, and frequently performs at University functions such as homecoming, opening convocation, commencement, and more.
The group also goes on a national tour every spring, and has travelled to 38 states and Puerto Rico during the past ten years. Cities the Concert Choir has performed in include New York City, Boston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., San Juan, and Honolulu.
Membership in Concert Choir is open to all students regardless of major. A short audition is required to determine voice part and placement in the ensemble. Concert Choir is available for one hour of credit to non-majors, and fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.
The ensemble meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
The University of Dubuque Chamber Singers is a select group of 8-12 vocalists derived from members of the Concert Choir. The group performs challenging choral chamber pieces and a capella works, and performs two of their own concerts annually, as well as performing during the Concert Choir's concerts.
Membership in Chamber Singers is open by audition to all students currently enrolled in Concert Choir. Chamber Singers is available for one hour of credit to non-majors, and fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.
The ensemble meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
The University of Dubuque Women’s Choir sings a wide variety of styles, from classical to pop/modern and maintains a lighter performance schedule of a couple events per semester. Designed to accommodate busy student schedules, this group rehearses less than two hours per week.
Membership in the Women’s Choir is determined by a short audition, consisting of a range check and pitch matching exercise. It is available for one hour of credit to non-majors, and fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.
The ensemble meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 - 12:20 p.m. in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
The University of Dubuque Gospel Choir performs classic to modern gospel repertoire. The ensemble performs two concerts per year, and performs in the Dubuque church community and for University functions, as well. Membership in Gospel Choir is open to all students, regardless of major.
The ensemble meets on Wednesday evenings in Heritage Center's Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room.
Due to the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, all remaining 2019-20 Department of Fine and Performing Arts events are cancelled.
|Dubuque Chorale Songfest|
|Saturday, September 28||7:30 p.m.||Butler Hall|
|FPA Homecoming Cabaret
|Sunday, October 20||3:00 p.m.||Steffens Hall, MTAC|
|Gospel Choir Fall Concert|
|Wednesday, November 13||7:30 p.m.||Blades Chapel|
|Christmas at Heritage Center|
|Friday, December 6||7:30 p.m.||Butler Hall|
|*Snow date: Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.|
|Spring Choral Concert *** CANCELED ***
|Saturday, April 25||3:00 p.m.||Blades Chapel|
|Chamber Singers Spring Concert *** CANCELED ***
|Saturday, May 9||3:00 p.m.||Blades Chapel|