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Performing Arts Profile

At Adelphi University, we bring the world to our campus. 

The greatest artists working today live in or pass through nearby New York City, and we take full advantage of that for residencies, workshops, and performances.

For 11 years running, the renowned Trio Solisti has served as Adelphi’s ensemble-in-residence, giving concerts, lectures, and master classes and working with students in our composition program, playing their work and offering feedback. The award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has visited our campus to lecture and participate in a composition workshop. Adelphi also has a long history with the acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company. Taylor himself taught our students in the past, and a former member of his company is now on faculty. The Taylor 2 troupe has had regular residencies at Adelphi.

During 2016, students got to see performances by singer-songwrit-ers Nellie McKay, Shawn Mullins, and Melissa Manchester, as well as Rosanne Cash, Kris Allen, and Kesha in 2015, all in our beautiful Performing Arts Center. Students also attended stagings of Picnic, Angels in America, and The Barber of Seville and plays by Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams.

Find your own course
Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences provides a rich, well-rounded education rooted in a strong liberal arts tradition. Whether your passion is dance, music, or theatre, you’ll find a devoted faculty and a student community ready to welcome you in.

You can pursue a degree in dance, music, or theatre or craft your own course of study. We offer innovative interdisciplinary programs in eight colleges and schools—including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, the College of Nursing and Public Health, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the School of Social Work, University College (for working adults), and the Honors College. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, you can design your own major by combining your areas of interest with our curriculum.

Big enough to matter, small enough to feel like home
Located on a picturesque, 75-acre campus in Garden City, New York,
Adelphi is a safe and exciting place to discover and fulfill your academic and personal goals.

With our main campus on Long Island, you will have easy access to sandy beaches, top-rated parks, award-winning golf courses, historic landmarks, and restaurants. And you are just a train ride away from the cultural capital of the world, home to industries from advertising and publishing to biotechnology and manufacturing, not to mention some of the greatest art, dance, music, and theatre in the world.

The University is large enough to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees yet small enough to offer an average class size of 20 students, ensuring personal attention from our dedicated faculty. Our beautifully landscaped campus offers you a quiet place to concentrate on your studies. Adelphi was named a Best Buy by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 11 straight years.

Students at Adelphi learn in a truly supportive campus atmosphere of small classes and close interaction with faculty advisors, mentors, professors, and peers. And you’ll stay connected through our alumni network—90,000 strong and growing.

A comprehensive education
From 50+ programs of study—includ
ing unique, combined, joint degree, and special programs—to our modern facilities, Adelphi strives to meet the array of interests, talents, and needs of all our students. Our partnerships with prestigious institutions, such as a joint engineering program with Columbia University, place our students on a fast track to success.

Our Honors College offers students the opportunity to participate in small, interdisciplinary seminars, learning through mentoring relationships with involved and caring professors. A major goal of the College is to develop students’ abilities to speak and write clearly and persuasively, a skill that will serve them and you well, whatever your professional and career goals.

Through experiential and classroom learning, Adelphi students gain knowledge, skills, abilities, and values they can use to attain success in their future pursuits.

Our dance program
Established in 1938, Adelphi University’s performance-based dance program draws on a rich history to prepare you for the dance world of today—and tomorrow.

You’ll practice your craft in small classes—no more than 18 students—taught by our experienced faculty. The department has an average of about 50 majors in the program at any given time, and they become a close-knit group. As a part of that group, you’ll perfect your skills in one of the department’s four state-of-the-art dance studios, where you’ll focus on classical ballet and modern dance techniques and creative traditions, theory and composition, and history and criticism. Outside of the studio, you’ll have the opportunity to perform in at least two main-stage productions produced each academic year, as well as two student workshops. In addition to your dance studies, you’ll complete a solid academic course load.

Graduates of Adelphi’s Department of Dance have gone on to perform with the Joffrey Ballet, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and others. They go into musical theatre, become choreographers or dance teachers, work behind the scenes in lighting or design, or use the knowledge they’ve acquired in kinesthetics and physiology to pursue careers in fields such as nursing or physical therapy.

Our music program
Whether you’re looking to be a professional performer or a music
educator, we will provide you with the knowledge and technical skills to succeed on stage, in the studio, or in the classroom.

Our music program offers a foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and history in small classes where you will get the attention you deserve. You’ll gain valuable experience not just in the classroom but by performing with a wealth of large and small ensembles, including band, chorus, orchestra, chamber, jazz, opera and world music, among others.

Theatre arts options
Taught by a faculty and staff with
extensive experience, our programs immerse you in the various roles of theatre life, including acting, tech, and set design. Whether you prefer being in the spotlight or working backstage, you’ll study a variety of forms, from the traditional to the avant-garde. You’ll gain practical skills by participating in more than 20 productions throughout the academic year, held in our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (AUPAC). In your off-hours, you can attend Broadway and off-Broadway performances in Manhattan—just 23 miles from campus.

The 53,000-sq. ft. AUPAC houses a 500-seat Concert Hall and the 315-seat Olmsted Theatre in addition to rehearsal spaces and classrooms for the Departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre.

Regardless of the role you want to play, Adelphi’s BFA programs in Acting and Design/Technology can help you to explore your talent, expand your horizons, and prepare for an exciting career in theatre, film, or television.

Enriching education, affordable price
Adelphi University provides generous assistance to students who have distinguished themselves through academics, the arts, athletics, or out
standing service, as well as students who demonstrate financial need. In 2015–2016, 96% of Adelphi freshmen received some form of financial aid. More than 1,100 undergraduates received $18.3 million in Adelphi scholarships and grants. The average financial aid package was $20,100 for fall 2015.