University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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Performing Arts at The University of Puget Sound

The School of Music
The University of Puget Sound’s School of Music provides students a conservatory-style focus on music with the depth and flexibility of a liberal arts education. Join a vibrant music community with performance opportunities, master classes, chamber groups, and student-run clubs. Numerous ensembles regularly perform on campus, including the Symphony Orchestra, Underground Sound (a cappella ensemble), Curtain Call (musical theatre revue), Jazz Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Adelphian Concert Choir.

School of Music faculty members perform in their own chamber music ensembles, are active soloists and music scholars around the globe, and perform locally with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Portland Symphonic Choir, and Symphony Tacoma, just to name a few. Music is their passion—and that means hands-on mentoring and collaborating with young musicians is too.

Graduates of the School of Music continue their studies at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Southern California, and Yale University, among others.

Theatre Arts program
The University of Puget Sound’s Theatre Arts department offers students a rich program of classes and productions within the context of a vibrant liberal arts education. Students develop skills and connect insights in acting, directing, design, production, dramaturgy, research, and writing throughout their coursework, culminating in a thesis project presented as part of the Senior Theatre Festival. Through participation in student- and faculty-directed productions, students ground their study of theatre in rehearsal and performance. Faculty members have active professional careers as designers, directors, dramaturgs, production managers, and writers while remaining deeply committed to teaching and collaborating with students.

Graduates go on to excel in many different professions, from theatre and film to education and business. They earn positions at theatres in the Northwest, including the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre, as well as around the country. They also enter MA, MFA, and PhD programs at institutions such as Brown University; Columbia University; The New School; the University of California, San Diego; the University of Washington; the University of Wisconsin–Madison; and the University of California, Santa Barbara.



Ranked among the top 100 “National Liberal Arts Colleges” and as a “Best Value School” | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Named one of The Best 365 Colleges and a “Best Regional College” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Featured in the 2021 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges

Performing arts programs at Puget Sound

• Music/Music Performance
- Keyboard
- Strings
   - HARP
- Voice
- Winds, Brass & Percussion
• Music Education
• Theatre Arts

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