Music, Theatre, and Dance
Marywood offers all the benefits of larger music and performance programs with greater flexibility. Whatever your goals in the performing arts field—to perform, to teach, to heal, to manage, or some combination of these—you'll have numerous opportunities to practice, learn, and collaborate from Day One. Our distinctive programs in Music, Theatre, and Dance embody the depth and rigor expected of conservatory programs, but in a welcoming atmosphere that embraces an ensemble philosophy and encourages collegiality and growth. Our highly credentialed, nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty are passionate about their craft and connected to their students. In fact, students support one another and work together, rather than competing against one another for performance opportunities. There are opportunities to perform locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
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National Association of Schools of Music
Marywood University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. | Address: 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248. | Phone: (703) 437-0700
American Music Therapy Association
The Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.
- National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
- National Association for Music Education - Collegiate
- Jazz Education Network (JEN)
- American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
- College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
- American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
- American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
- National Band Association (NBA)
- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
- Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
- National String Project Consortium (NSPC)
About The Music, Theatre, and Dance Department
Music and theatre programs have a rich history at Marywood. Since its founding in 1915, the University has continually renewed its commitment and support of students seeking performing arts degrees. Music education was one of the original degree programs in 1915, and the Marywood program in music therapy was groundbreaking when it started more than 40 years ago. Alongside degrees in music performance, theatre, musical theatre, and arts administration, we prepare our students to meet diverse needs of the 21st century as professional artists and leaders.
Music, Theatre, and Dance Faculty
Our highly credentialed, nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty are passionate about their craft and connected to their students.
Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts:
- 1,100-seat Munley Theatre
- Black Box Theatre
- Digital piano lab
- 2 harpsichords and 2 harps
- Extensive practice facilities
- Complement of band and orchestra instruments
- Multiple copies of orchestral scores
- Choral music library
- Vocal music library
- Small library of reference books
- Curriculum lab and learning centerM
- 2 computer labs
- Biofeedback lab
- MIDI Creator equipment
- Music Therapy Lab
- Multiple organs
The Swartz Center for Spiritual Life features the beautiful Marian Chapel. In addition to liturgical celebrations, the Marian Chapel offers the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department an intimate 180-seat performing space. Completely renovated in 2007, the Marian Chapel (formerly the IHM Marian Convent), features a Peragallo pipe organ and 7-foot Steinway grand piano.
Large orchestral ensemble; membership open to music majors, non-majors, and community volunteers. Permission of the Director is required for participation. All string music majors required to participate in orchestra.
The Wind Symphony is Marywood’s premiere large instrumental band ensemble and participation is required of all Marywood Music majors whose major performance medium (as determined by departmental acceptance audition) lies in the winds or percussion area. This group focuses on literature requiring large instrumental forces.
The Wind Ensemble is Marywood’s premiere small instrumental ensemble and participation is required of all Marywood music instrumental majors, but welcomes other Marywood students via audition. The Wind Ensemble consists of woodwind, brass, and percussion players who perform pieces of various instrumentation and styles best suited for smaller and flexible instrumental forces.
Medium-size instrumental jazz ensemble; membership open to music majors and non-majors.
A student-run program that assists mentally or physically disabled clients to play music.
Small Music Ensembles
Small instrumental winds ensemble; open to woodwind majors and non-majors.
Small instrumental brass ensemble; open to brass majors and non-majors.
Small instrumental percussion ensemble; open to percussion majors and non-majors.
Chamber Music Ensembles
Small instrumental groups focusing on the performance of classical chamber music repertoire for strings, winds, and piano.
Open to classical guitar majors and non-majors.
Open to flute majors and non-majors.
For main-stage and student-directed productions; consists of all theatre degree students as well as non-majors who wish to be involved in public performance. There are three main-stage productions each year, including Children's Theatre.Community-focused Ensembles
Includes Junior and Senior Wind Band Celebrations (held annually for wind, brass, and percussion students in middle and high school) and String Celebration (held annually for string students in middle and high school; features a Senior Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra)
An after-school, pre-collegiate string program for students ages 7-18. Participants take small-group lessons in violin, viola, cello, and double bass; participate in orchestra; and perform in concerts. String Project participants are divided into three levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Students are assigned to a group based on experience.
Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble
The Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble operates under the auspices of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, headed by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and is hosted by Marywood University. Through this unique relationship, high school age performers work directly with esteemed conductors, educators, composers, and guest performing artists, thus providing an opportunity to experience music in a unique, rewarding, instructive and constructive environment. The Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble membership, chosen through a process that currently involves director recommendations, is composed of wind and percussion performers from the public, private, parochial and home schools in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area and beyond. All members must be actively involved in their school music program and must be recommended by their music teacher.
Music Therapy Club
Jazz Education Network
Pi Kappa Lambda
Swing Dancing Club