Consider the Possibilities
The arts provide Western New England University students with opportunities to enrich their educational experience. Students can express their creativity by singing in the Campus Chorus, acting with the Stageless Players, playing an instrument with the Jazz Combo or Pep Band, or dancing with the Dance Team. In many cases, academic credit is available for participation in these activities.
The student-run publication, The Review of Art and Literature, offers students opportunities to showcase their paintings, drawings, fiction, poetry, or plays.
The University offers minors in art, music, and theatre, and film studies.
Expressing Art Through a Variety of Choices
It’s all about choice, and at Western New England University, we offer students a variety of options in how they choose to express themselves artistically.
Being a member of the Campus Chorus provides students with an opportunity to participate in a number of popular events. The chorus performs at the annual Fall Convocation and is featured at the Festival of Lights, a Western New England University December event that celebrates the holiday season. The chorus also participates in the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in January and performs at the Student Recognition Ceremony and Spring Concert. Choral selections are varied and range from the University’s alma mater to gospel and Broadway favorites.
The Jazz Combo
The Jazz Combo explores the rudiments of jazz and plays various arrangements of standard jazz classics in a variety of styles sure to challenge and enlighten students.
The Concert Band focuses on classically oriented literature for concert bands, as well as on film music or themes from the Olympics. The Concert Band plays at official University functions, including Commencement ceremonies.
The Pep Band
The Golden Bear Pep Band revs-up spectators at all home football games and provides the spark of enthusiasm for Golden Bear fans.
The Dance Team
The Dance Team performs at football and basketball games during halftime and features a contemporary blend of jazz, funk, and hip-hop. The team also performs during Winter Week and Spring Week.
The Step Squad
The Step Squad, or "steppers" began performing at our home basketball games during the Fall 2003 season. The squad has tryouts in the Fall and performs at our Midnight Madness program as well as at basketball games. Definitely a change from the Dance Team or Cheerleaders, the steppers add their own flare of rhythm and syncopation to their routines.
The Stageless Players
The University's budding thespians routinely present performances without a permanent stage, hence the name Stageless Players! The oldest of our performing groups, this ensemble produces plays in the fall and spring. Students do not have to be members of the Stageless Players to participate in productions.
Open Mic Nights
Twice each semester, students, faculty, and staff gather on campus in the Campus Center to share and listen to original compositions of music or excerpts from short stories and plays. It is always a surprise to see who will be the next person to step in front of the microphone during an Open Mic Night, which is sponsored and organized by the staff of The Review of Art and Literature.
The Review of Art and Literature
Students may submit poetry and prose to the University's literary magazine and experience the thrill of having their work published. Produced and managed by students, the magazine also publishes student, faculty, and staff artwork and photography. The Review of Art and Literature has consistently placed among the top three in the publication competition sponsored by the American Scholastic Association since 1997.
The Western New England University Art Gallery
Throughout the year, the Office of Student Activities hosts local artists and displays their works at the University's Art Gallery. In addition to showcasing the works of award-winning artists, the gallery also provides students with the opportunity to exhibit their own works of art and photography.
A Message from the President
"The arts are important to us in profound and diverse ways. In creating art, we share with others the complexity of our inner selves, revealing the richness of our spirit. We also develop a deeper appreciation for each other and are reminded of how capable we are of a higher order of things. At Western New England University, we support opportunities for students to develop in this special way."
Anthony S. Caprio
Western New England University
Explore the Arts of the Pioneer Valley
The Pioneer Valley is rich in culture and the arts. Classical music buffs have the opportunity to enjoy the Springfield Symphony Orchestra through a student voucher program. Symphony Hall is also the home of traveling theater and dance productions. The Springfield Public Library and museum complex, "The Quadrangle," is comprised of the Fine Arts Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, and the main branch of the City Library. It is also home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located in nearby Amherst, MA. Students may use their student ID cards to gain free admission to Quadrangle exhibits.