Academic Programs

Shenandoah Conservatory offers intense, specialized, professional training in music, theatre and dance. Students work with a faculty of active professionals as they develop artistically and intellectually for careers in the performing arts. Shenandoah Conservatory offers more than 60 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels, and produces more than 300 performances each year. With the opening of its newest facilities - Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, Glaize Studio Theatre and Ruebush Hall - in 1998, the conservatory honors its origins as it secures its commitment to quality education and the highest level of performance in music, theatre and dance. More than 700 students are currently enrolled in baccalaureate through doctoral study.

Music students in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Conservatory Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Cantus Singers, Chamber Choir and Shenandoah Singers have received regional and national acclaim through off-campus concerts and other invitational tour appearances. Performances include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and The Music Center at Strathmore. Your professional development is further refined through solo and chamber music opportunities.

The Jazz Ensemble averages 15 performances each year in various tours, jazz festivals, conventions, artist series and concerts, and has toured Europe, China, Japan and Africa. The Shenandoah Singers have toured Brazil and Japan. The Conservatory Choir, under the direction of Grammy Award-winning conductor Robert Shafer, regularly performs with the City Choir of Washington and tours Europe in alternate years.

Theatre students follow an intense course of study. You will have the opportunity to be cast in a production the first day of school and can be performing to the very last day in the spring semester. The production and performance opportunities are extensive. In addition to the faculty-directed season (3 musicals, 4 plays, an opera, and a Holiday Gala), students may choose to engage in student-directed scenes, one-acts, a Shakespeare troupe, and improvisation team, and a weekly playwright's showcase.

The conservatory is also home to Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, a professional company that presents four professional musicals with full orchestra each summer. Conservatory theatre students are given first auditions for the acting and technical company, and its music students have first auditions for the orchestra. Current students and alumni have made up the majority of the summer theatre's actors, technical and management workers, and musicians since its inception in 1984.

Dancers participate in three mainstage dance concerts and two Performance Forum concerts annually as members of the Shenandoah Dance Ensemble.  Many additional opportunities to perform take place throughout the year, including outreach touring, special engagements with Conservatory music ensembles and professional showcases in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, DC. Our dancers have also performed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Macedonia, Greece, Russia and Taiwan, as part of the Dance Division's Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Study and Performance tours. Dance students participate frequently in the regional conference of the American College Dance Festival Association, and have had their choreographic works invited for presentation in showcases throughout the region.

These extensive performance opportunities at Shenandoah contribute to the development of the sound artistry that supports all of the Conservatory programs of study.

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Open Houses & Auditions

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Acting

Acting

Acting
BFA Acting At Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, the BFA acting program familiarizes students with the varying historic periods of theatre and their corresponding acting styles; compares different schools of acting … Continue reading

Arts Management

Arts Management

Arts ManagementArts management programs at Shenandoah University prepare you to be an effective manager and leader for non-profit and for-profit performing arts organizations and for entrepreneurial arts enterprises … Continue reading

Church Music

Church Music

Church MusicChurch Music is a field that has wide appeal for those who wish to combine a love of music with a career in a church setting … Continue reading

Collaborative Piano

Collaborative Piano

Collaborative PianoThe Collaborative Piano curriculum is designed for pianists seeking to develop and refine their piano ensemble skills … Continue reading

Composition

Composition

CompositionSince 1973, Shenandoah’s Composition program has provided a solid foundation for the developing composer, equipping talented students with the technical skills and theoretical knowledge essential for a successful career in a highly competitive discipline … Continue reading

Conducting

Conducting

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Dance

Dance

DanceShenandoah’s Dance programs provide the academic and professional preparation demanded for a wide variety of career options in dance … Continue reading

Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies

Jazz StudiesThe focus of the Jazz Studies program at Shenandoah Conservatory is the preparation of musicians as performers and arrangers in the broad field of contemporary music, which includes jazz, popular, commercial, and classical and studio music … Continue reading

Music Education

Music Education

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Pedagogy

Pedagogy

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Music Performance

Music Performance

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Music Production and Recording Technology

Music Production and Recording Technology

Music Production and Recording TechnologyThe Music Production and Recording Technology program combines the discipline of private study on an instrument or voice, the aural acuity learned in ensemble participation, experience with recording, MIDI systems and music production … Continue reading

Musical Theatre Accompanying

Musical Theatre Accompanying

AccompanyingThe only degree of its kind in the United States, Shenandoah’s Musical Theatre Accompanying program is for the talented pianist with an interest in popular musical theatre … Continue reading

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a growing career field that has wide appeal for those who wish to combine a love of music with the desire to work in a helping profession. A music therapist is both a musician and a therapist. … Continue reading

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