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Performing Arts at Notre Dame College

As a liberal arts institution, we strongly believe instruction in theatre, dance, music and performance enriches our students’ lives. We are committed to providing valuable experience students need to grow in confidence, develop artistically and thrive intellectually. And our performance events offer an immersive experience that offers an important opportunity to learn, practice, collaborate and perform – putting our students center stage.

Why Study Performing Arts?

Training in performing arts provides critical and creative thinking that promote teamwork, collaborations, strategic planning, effective and confident communications. 

These are remarkably valuable, transferable and marketable skills that apply to practically any career choice – skills that aren’t easily attained through work in any other disciplines.

Performing Arts Scholarships

As part of our dedication to Arts Education, Performing Arts Scholarships are available for incoming students. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity NDC offers students, regardless of their academic interests or athletic involvement.

Notre Dame College Performing Arts Majors

We support a collaborative, supportive learning environment with a high-quality education in the performing arts. Gain the knowledge, skills and real-world experience you need to successfully pursue exciting careers in the performing arts and beyond.

Only Notre Dame College offers new Entrepreneurial Majors in addition to our minors:

Become a Part of Performing Arts at Notre Dame College

How to Apply for Full Admission

into the Music Entrepreneurship and Theatre Entrepreneurship (NDC Full Admission Majors) programs will be granted by performing arts faculty directors after a formal audition that takes place at the end of the second semester of enrollment. Transfer students must have at least two completed semesters of college credits to formally audition.

Please contact Alicia Gallucci to schedule your audition. 

Auditions Requirements can be found below within the following programs:

  • Instrumental
  • Composition
  • Theatre
  • Vocal

How to apply for Performing Arts Majors Pre-Admission

  • Complete the online application.  
  • A preliminary in-person Interview or phone interview with performing arts faculty is required for pre-admission. Email PerformingArts@ndc.edu or call 216-373-6499.

How to Apply for Performing Arts Non-Majors Admission

Students not majoring in music or theatre must contact the appropriate ensemble director to set up an audition before the academic semester.

  • Instrumental: Michael Krueger mkrueger@ndc.edu
  • Vocal: Raquel Román-Rodriguez rromanrodriguez@ndc.edu
  • Theatre: Pierre Jaques-Brault pbrault@ndc.edu
  • Dance: Karina Browne kbrowne@ndc.edu
  • Cheer: Kirsten Iannaggi kiannaggi@ndc.edu

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Ensemble Audition Requirements

Cheer

  • A minimum of two chants
  • Demonstration of jumps
  • Demonstration of stunts
  • Demonstration of tumbling
  • In-person or video auditions can occur for cheer auditions

Dance

  • Two to three video examples of dancing skills (performance and/or choreography in varying styles)
  • Participate in an in-person audition your first year and a “mock audition” each year thereafter

Instrumental

Music Entrepreneurship – Instrumental

Scales from memory:

  • One full-range Chromatic scale

Two contrasting solos – one lyrical and one technical.

  • Students may also choose to perform an excerpt from one larger work that encompasses both areas of ability. 5-7 minutes in length.
  • Works from solo and ensemble contest lists are encouraged.

Non-Major Scholarship Auditions

Scales from memory:

  • Two Major scales of panel’s choice

  • Chromatic scale

  • One etude or solo work 3-5 minutes in length

Music Composition

Music Entrepreneurship – Composition

Music Composition students must successfully audition on their instrument and/or voice for scholarship consideration and acceptance into ensembles. In addition, composers must:

  • Submit 2-3 scores for consideration (scores required, recordings (if possible)

  • Interview with the theory/comp faculty.

Theatre

Requirements for entry into Theater ENT Program:

  • Resumé: A pdf of your full resumé, which includes any training and experience you have had in music, theatre, and dance, as well as academic honors, work experience, and community service.

  • Photograph: A recent photograph of yourself alone. This does not have to be a professional headshot.

  • Brief Personal Statement: A short (1-2 page double-spaced) description of their theatrical involvement in high school.

 

For Live or Virtual Audition:

Prepare two contrasting short monologues from two separate plays (not from monologue books). Please do not exceed 90 seconds for each. The monologues must be memorized.
OR
Prepare one short monologue and one selection of musical theatre repertoire. The cut may be up to 32 bars, but should not exceed 60 seconds in length and must be memorized. In addition, please have the full version of your audition song ready to sing if asked.

Requirements for Non-Majors in Theater:

  • Resumé: A pdf of your full resumé, which includes any training and experience you have had in music, theatre, and dance, as well as academic honors, work experience, and community service.

  • Photograph: A recent photograph of yourself alone. This does not have to be a professional headshot.

  • Brief Personal Statement: A short (1-2 page double-spaced) description of their theatrical involvement in high school.

 

For Live or Virtual Audition:

Prepare a short selection of a musical theatre song (up to 32 bars) OR a short monologue. Please do not exceed 90 seconds.

Vocal

Performing Arts Major (Primary – Voice) Audition Requirements

Performing Arts Majors whose primary focus is Vocal Studies should prepare the following for their scholarship audition:

Two pieces for accompanied solo voice, performed from memory

One art song or aria in a foreign language

  • Suggested Repertoire: 24 Italian Songs, First Book of ______ Solo Series, art song by Schubert, Fauré, Hahn

One piece for solo voice in English, in a style of your choosing

  • May be a classical piece, folk song, jazz work, musical theater selection, etc.
  • Choral excerpts are not appropriate
  • Must be an accompanied work– acapella auditions are not appropriate

Non-Major Audition Requirements

Non-major Scholarship Auditionees should prepare the following for their scholarship audition:

One piece for accompanied solo voice in any language, performed from memory

  • May be a classical piece, folk song, jazz work, musical theater selection

  • Choral excerpts are not appropriate

  • Must be an accompanied work– acapella auditions are not appropriate

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