Westminster's New Theatre and Music Majors Exceed Enrollment Expectations
First-year programs surpass goals by 50%
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Dec. 13, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY – Despite the tough economy, students flocked to Westminster’s new theatre and music majors this fall, exceeding initial expectations. More than 30 students enrolled in the various programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, BFA in Technical Theatre and BA in Theatre Studies.
One of the reasons for the initial success can be attributed to the unique focus of the degree programs.
“Westminster takes a different approach with our programs, which is what distinguishes them from other music and theatre majors,” explained Dr. Mary Jane Chase, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “For example, our theatre program focuses on a ‘whole person’ concept, as opposed to pure performance. Because there are a lot of late night rehearsals and grueling auditions, we require students to take courses that focus on mind and body, such as yoga and other health-related classes. We truly believe in the health of the performer.”
Westminster’s music program also has several distinctive aspects that have contributed to its success.
“Many of our music faculty come from The Utah Symphony and Opera, so we have a plethora of experienced talent here.” Chase said. “We also offer private lessons as part of our music program, so students don’t have to worry about hiring outside instructors, which can be quite expensive.”
Additionally, the college also offers an array of on-campus performance opportunities, including Westminster’s nationally acclaimed Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, Chorale and Jazz Ensemble. Students interested in theatre, including majors and others, can get involved in two main stage productions and two black box productions annually.
And while Westminster’s unique approach to their liberal arts programs is one attractor for students, the location has also been beneficial.
“We are fortunate to be located in Salt Lake City, the cultural epicenter of Utah,” Chase added. “There are two professional theatre companies just minutes away, as well as a variety of semi-professional theatre groups, and the Utah Symphony and Opera. The SLC Jazz Orchestra also practices on our campus. The college’s close proximity to the downtown area is just one of the many reasons students enjoy studying at Westminster.”
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu.