The School of Visual and Performing Arts provides students with a broad-based liberal arts education infused with the principles of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Whether in art, music, or theatre, students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a wide range of career options as well as the possibility of graduate study in their particular field.In addition to the broad-based education and sense of ethics that numerous employers in the business and service sectors desire in recruits, the School of Visual and Performing Arts offers programs focused on specific professional skills in music, performance, theatre, teaching, graphic design, studio arts, art and business and in the therapeutic dimensions of art and music therapy.
School of Visual and Performing Arts Majors and Minors
Careers for these art majors include:
Advertising, business, graphic design, museum/archives, art therapy, studio art,
elementary and/or secondary art education, and continued studies in graduate programs.
Careers for these music majors include:
Elementary and secondary music education, private lessons, music therapist,music
librarian, piano and vocal performing, and continued studies in graduate programs.
- Art Education
- Studio Art
- Education with a concentration in Kodaly-Based Music Education
- Certificate in Music & Imagery (Music Therapy)
Associate Dean, School of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Ronald G. Sherwin is Associate Dean and Director of the School of Visual & Performing Arts. He holds the Ph.D. and M.M. from The University of Maine where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Dennis Cox. His choirs have performed around the United States and Europe and have been known for their association with artists including Francois Clemmons (Bayou Legend, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood), Esau Pritchett (Law and Order), and Robert DeCormier (Counterpoint, Peter, Paul & Mary, New York Choral Society). Dr. Sherwin’s choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, been featured at the Nymburk International Music Festival in the Czech Republic, and received national attention for their performance at the harvesting of the 2007 Christmas tree for the Capitol in Washington, DC. Dr. Sherwin was previously Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Castleton State College. He is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and has served as a College and University State Chair for both the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (MENC).