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Turning passion into profession:  By providing the best possible education and training for our students in all of our performing arts disciplines, we help them develop the tools necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. Our students are at the core of everything we do in the College of Performing Arts.

As dean, my mission is also to support our faculty as they continue their brilliant educational and creative work, helping them keep the College at the forefront of performing arts educationThe 2017-18 academic year marks the tenth anniversary of the College’s formation, bringing together dance, music, and theatre under one unified roof. Looking back, I am thrilled and humbled by what the College has already achieved, but I believe we can never rest on our laurels. We must always aim higher, because anything less is a disservice to our extraordinary students, faculty, and alumni.

This year also marks our second full season producing dance and music concerts, theatre shows, and full-scale operas within Musco Center for the Arts, providing our students exceptional opportunities to learn from the best and experience performance in a state-of-the-art facility. We are proud to be able to offer this tremendous resource to our students and grateful to Marybelle and S. Paul Musco, the many other donors, and the University administration for their strong dedication to the educational mission of the College and for this remarkable facility.

We have close to 100 live performances planned for this season (some are even free!) to provide the university and the community with memorable artistic experiences. We hope you will return often to see the College of Performing Arts in action, as we work towards training artists and transforming lives.


Giulio M. Ongaro, PhD
Dean, College of Performing Arts

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