Performing Arts Profile

As an arts student at Adelphi University, you’ll be part of a dynamic and supportive community committed to you reaching your artistic goals. 

You’ll find our alumni performing or working behind the scenes on Broadway and in Hollywood or inspiring a love for the arts in classrooms. Our proximity to New York City puts all the cultural and internship opportunities the greatest city in the world for the arts has to offer right at your feet.

And we keep classes small, so you’re sure to receive plenty of personalized attention from both faculty and the guest artists who come to campus to work with our students.

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 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-songwriters Nellie McKay, Shawn Mullins, and Melissa Manchester and in 2015 by Rosanne Cash, Kris Allen, and Kesha, all in our beautiful Performing Arts Center. Students also attended stagings of Picnic and Angels in America, a screening of 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.

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
Our main campus is located on an idyllic, beautifully landscaped 75 acres on Long Island, close to world-renowned ocean beaches, top-rated parks, award-winning golf courses,
historic landmarks, and restaurants. And with New York City just a train ride away, you’ll have easy access to some of the greatest art, dance, music, and theatre in the world, not to mention internship opportunities.

Adelphi 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.

Adelphi has racked up an increasing number of accolades as it moves up in college rankings. Readers of the Long Island Press, for instance, recently voted Adelphi as Best College as well as Best Concert Venue and Best Public Garden. U.S. News & World Report ranks Adelphi among the top 150 national universities. In addition, Adelphi was named a Best College in the Northeast by The Princeton Review, a Forbes magazine Top College, and, for the last 11 years, a “best buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

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—including 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 also by performing with a wealth of large and small ensembles, including band, chorus, orchestra, chamber, jazz, opera, and world music, among others.

Our 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—less than an hour from campus.

The 53,000-sq. ft. AUPAC houses the 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 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 outstanding service, as well as students who demonstrate financial need. In 2015–2016, 99% of Adelphi freshmen received some form of financial aid. About 900 freshmen received more than $13 million in Adelphi scholarships and grants. The average financial aid package was $21,500 for fall 2016. An investment in Adelphi pays off; 92% of our graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.