College of Arts & Sciences
- Humanities Division
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
- tel: 610-499-4341
Mara Parker, PhD
- Chair, Fine Arts
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 117
- tel: 610-499-4344
Performance Ensembles & Clubs, Fine Arts
Outside of the classroom, fine arts students can participate in a variety of performance groups and ensembles on campus. Regardless of their means of creation or experience level, Widener students can find an outlet for expressing themselves.
Students perform publicly alongside their peers throughout the year in dance and music and exhibit their paintings and drawings in public spaces. The goal is not only to teach students how to share their natural talents and acquired skills, but to communicate complex messages to hundreds of people through their art.
Students who participate in many of the performance groups receive academic credit, and are often eligible for music scholarship awards.
Chamber Music Program
The Chamber Music Program, open to students of all levels and all instruments, emphasizes small ensemble playing. Student groups (piano four-hand, guitar duos, trios, quartets, etc.) vary according to instrumentation and ability. All groups are coached by professional musicians. Performance opportunities include studio recitals, chamber concerts, and mini-chamber recitals.
Led by internationally recognized jazz artist John Vanore, this ensemble is built on the model of the contemporary Jazz Orchestra. The repertoire is based on compositions from the libraries of Thad Jones, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Oliver Nelson, John Vanore, and others. Membership requires audition and interview with the director.
The Wind Ensemble is a standard collegiate concert band. The ensemble rehearses weekly and offers concerts for both the university and local community.
The Widener Chorale is open to all Widener students and other members of the Widener community. The group rehearses weekly and performs at least once each semester.
The Widener University Pep Band, launched in the fall of 2014, creates an energetic atmosphere for fans and Widener sports teams. The pep band, which includes woodwind, brass, percussion, and rhythm section instruments, is open to all Widener students with experience in a high school band or music program. To learn more about the pep band view this video.
Led by distinguished artist Jessica Warchal King, the dance program incorporates aspects of various dance styles while providing students with a structured rehearsal and performing experience. Students perform each semester. Check out this video to learn more about the dance program.
Widener Dance Company
The student-run Widener Dance Company organizes two campus performances in addition to participating in other student-led shows throughout the academic year. Check out photos from a recent performance.
The Gospel Choir, directed by Mark Collier, gives several musical performances throughout the year both on and off campus, including performances at the Martin Luther King Memorial Service and Jesse Anderson Awards Dinner at Widener, and songfests with other local universities and colleges. The group rehearses weekly and offers at least one concert a semester for both the university and local community.