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Fine and Performing Arts Department

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers courses in visual arts, art history, music, music history, music theory, applied music, and music ensembles.

Supporting a rich cultural experience at Regis University is a key initiative of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and a wide variety of concerts, exhibits, lectures and performances are made available for the entire community to enjoy.

Art History

The Art History Program offers students an opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of visual culture throughout history. It introduces students to the intrinsic qualities of artistic images and artifacts and considers the conditions of their production and viewing, their functions and meanings, and the roles they play in recording and shaping people, perceptions, events, and cultures. Regis College takes seriously its role in preparing students to face the contradictory demands of an ever more visually-oriented world. Consequently, it emphasizes an understanding of the ways that images provide insights into the diverse and profound interests of peoples and cultures.

Visual Arts

The Fine Arts at Regis College provide an environment where students may explore the role of fine arts in the context of the liberal arts. With a range of studio and academic courses in visual arts, the Department invites students to examine, in theory and practice, the esthetic and expressive tendencies which have been central to the advancement of culture. The Department of Fine & Performing Arts maintains the O’Sullivan Arts Center where students have the opportunity to experience first-hand, some of the area’s most engaging fine artists through exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

Music Program

The Music Program at Regis includes a wide variety of courses and music offerings for students, faculty, staff, and the Denver community. The Music Program is intended for students of all levels of experience, offering participation in beginning to advanced music lessons and classes, performing ensembles, and courses in music history, music theory, and composition. All full-time students may participate in applied lessons or join a music ensemble—and nearly a third of all Regis students do each year. Students who want to concentrate in more advanced studies in music may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Structured Music Minor.

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Department Co-Chair, Art
William Sutton, Professor
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Department Co-Chair, Music
Mark Davenport, Professor

Degrees and Programs

Music Ensembles

Beyond the Classroom

More than 100 students and another 30 faculty, staff, and community members participate in one of the eight music ensembles offered through the Music Program at Regis. Most music ensembles are two credits and meet for two hours a week. Every music ensemble presents a concert each semester that showcases the group as well as the individual talents of its members.

Any student with an interest in taking part in a music ensemble may register for one of the following music ensembles. Some prior musical background is expected. Auditions are required for the 400-level ensembles. 

Chamber Ensemble

FAM 269/469: Chamber Ensembles are geared for various combinations of orchestral instrumentalists (mainly strings and woodwinds), and concentrate on music from 1725 to today. Chamber Ensembles consist of several small chamber groups each with an instructor who works directly with the ensemble.

Chapel Choir

FAM 220: The Chapel Choir rehearses and performs sacred music for both regular (Sunday Mass) and special liturgical activities (Lights, Lessons & Carols) at the St. John Francis Regis Chapel.

Collegium Musicum

FAM 230/430: The  Collegium Musicum is a large mixed ensemble of singers and instrumentalists that focuses on earlier music styles (madrigals, motets, renaissance dances etc…), and requires some previous choir or instrumental experience. The Collegium Musicum is open to a limited number and type of instruments since they concentrate on music before 1750.

Concert Choir

FAM 402: The Concert Choir is an advanced choral ensemble (an audition is required) which focuses on challenging repertoire from the Classical through Contemporary periods. 

Guitar Ensemble

FAM 448: The Guitar Ensemble is a more advanced ensemble for guitarists. Generally, participants have already had at least one private applied guitar lesson. In special cases, freshman may audition for the Guitar Ensemble. 

Jazz Ensemble

FAM 259/459: The Jazz Ensemble is open to all students. This instrumental group explores the American jazz repertoire, covering a wide variety of popular styles that developed from the early 20th century to today.

Piano Ensemble

FAM 442: The Piano Ensemble is designed for advanced piano students who would like an ensemble experience. Participants in Piano Ensemble will often be grouped and coached with students from the Chamber Ensembles.

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Applied Music

Any full-time student, faculty member or staff, with at least some musical background (e.g., have some prior private training) may take a 200-level applied music lesson. Students can sign up for a 30-minute or 60-minute time slot with their instructor on a first-come, first-serve basis. There they will also find contact info for each instructor.

Many applied music students are taking lessons for personal enrichment while others are pursuing more advanced studies through the Music Major and Structured Music Minor. All applied music students are required to participate or attend Performance Classes. Performance classes are offered throughout the year or in one or more of the numerous student recitals.

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Performance Classes

Performance Classes are fun and informative. They provide a low pressure and encouraging environment where music students have an opportunity to find out about performance issues and to develop strategies for performing in public. Performance Classes are not open to the public; only applied music students and music instructors may attend.

Lower-level applied students (at the 200-level) are required to attend at least two Performance Classes each semester. 200-level applied students are not required to perform, but some faculty (at their discretion) may ask students to perform a piece or part of a piece at one of these classes. Advanced applied students (at the 400-level), Music Majors and Music Minors are required to attend at least three Performance Classes, performing at least one complete work at one of these classes.