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Department of Performing Arts

Degrees and programs in arts management, audio technology, dance, music, & theatre.

Performing Arts Department

Program Auditions

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Audition for Performance Opportunities

Learn more about auditioning for musical ensembles, dance, and theatre:
Performance & Ensemble Auditions

Upcoming Events

Concerto and Aria Competition

Concerto and Aria Competition January 28, 6:00 p.m. and January 29, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center Recital Hall

American University musicians are tightening strings and tuning keys for a friendly competition to kick off the spring semester. The annual Concerto and Aria Competition showcases talented student musicians competing for a solo performance in the AU Symphony Orchestra spring concert. Free and open to all.

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News & Notes

  • Audio Technology: Alumni Kyle Murdock (CAS '21), a sound designer at VICE Audio, won a Third Coast International Audio Festival award for podcast he composed and engineered, and a series he worked on, Authentic: The Story of Tablo, was listed as one of the year's best podcasts by Vulture.
  • Arts Management: Arts Management alumnae Jasmine Jiang (CAS '19) was appointed Managing Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Dance: Professorial Lecturer Ama Law performs at the Kennedy Center's National Dance Day celebration as part of Project ChArma, a collective of teaching artists, hip hop guardians, DMV representatives, parents, lovers, achievers, students, and hip hop ambassadors who promote social change through movement.
  • Music: Professor Nancy Snider was awarded a $12,500 Koster Foundation Summer Study Grant from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc.
  • Theatre/Musical Theatre: Theatre professor Aaron Posner directed William Shakespeare's The Tempest at Round House Theatre in Washington, DC. The play was reviewed by The Washington Post, and Posner was interviewed by BroadwayWorld.

Department Contacts

General Performing Arts
Richard Streeks at 202-885-3422 or streeks@american.edu
Arts Management
Andrew Taylor at 202-885-1601 or etaylor@american.edu
Audio Technology
Michael Harvey at 202-885-6302 or mharvey@american.edu
Dance
Erin Foreman-Murray at 202-885-3942 or danceprogram@american.edu
Music
Ann Kang at 202-885-3859 or akang@american.edu
Theatre/Musical Theatre
Karl Kippola at 202-885-3464 or kippola@american.edu

AU Orchestra and Band Play the Ukrainian Anthem

To show solidarity and support for Ukraine, the American University Orchestra and Band in Washington, DC recorded the Ukrainian National Anthem on March 2, 2022.

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