Music & the Arts
Our students spend their days surrounded by the arts and a commitment to culture, indulging the body and engaging the eye, the ear and the mind. This is no small feat considering we do not offer an art or music major, and many programs depend upon the voluntary commitment of the students and community members.
Each year, more than 150 students, from virtually every academic major, participate on and off stage in the productions presented by The University of Scranton Players, in collaboration with the University’s academic Theatre Program.
The University Players’ works come from a variety of genres: classic to contemporary, familiar to obscure. Recent performances include “Speech & Debate,” “Columbinus,” “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and “Museum.” In addition to its main-stage season, which includes five shows a year, the Players host a festival of original one-act plays, and a workshop devoted to new student directors.
Additionally, the University’s Liva Arts Company, a student-run organization, produces two musicals annually. Recent performances have included “The Wedding Singer.”
Through our Performance Music program we offer high-quality instrumental and choral performing ensemble opportunities to more than 350 students, staff, faculty and alumni each year. Yes, you might very well sing in a choir or play in an ensemble with your biology professor.
Our University of Scranton Bands, Choirs and String Ensembles perform in a variety of formats ranging from very large ensembles to small ensemble and solo performing opportunities.
Our students and musicians are also introduced to the best and brightest in the musical world. Each year, Performance Music presents an annual World Premiere Composition Series performance, the only series of its kind in the nation, which provides you with a chance to work and interact with internationally renowned composers and conductors.
From our “Jacob and the Angel” sculpture overlooking South Scranton to the 2,600-pound Tiffany stained glass window located in the Smurfit Arts Center, our commitment to campus art – and the education of the whole person through the liberal arts – is always present.
In the past 30 years, the University has commissioned several large-scale public sculptures, including the interactive “Christ the Teacher” piece, which sits at the bottom of the Commons. Whether it is students studying, children climbing, or someone simply taking a moment to sit on its stone base, the sculpture and its message constantly evolve.
The diverse structures represent different aspects of the University’s identity as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.
Additionally, The Hope Horn Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall, displays exhibitions throughout the academic year that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.Here is a complete listing of campus artwork.