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La Verne andThe Arts

Students interested in music, drama and the visual arts will find a vibrant community of fellow artists at the University of La Verne, whether in class, clubs, or at events on campus.

Music

Our Music Department offers a major or a minor in performance, history, theory/composition, or music education (vocal emphasis) — and many opportunities for non-majors to get involved, too.

You can join or audition for an ensemble, and may be able to fulfill your Creative and Artistic Expression course requirement this way. Our ensembles include West African drum, guitar, and jazz. We also have a barbershop/a cappella club.

The La Verne Symphony Orchestra provides a unique opportunity to perform alongside students, faculty, staff, and community members. And our Chamber Singers, a 26-voiced audition-based group, has played to international acclaim, touring Europe as well as the United States

For those who wish to enjoy music as an audience member, the university hosts dozens of concerts each year from our ensembles, music majors and minors, and esteemed guests. Sundays at the Morgan is a monthly concert series featuring regional musicians who are internationally renowned, and shows are always free for students.

Fine Arts

You can explore the fine arts and design through classes (or majoring or minoring), as well as view — and even assist with mounting — exhibitions by students and professional artists at the Harris Art Gallery and the Tall Wall Space.

Public art on campus is important to the University of La Verne. In honor of our 125th anniversary, a new mural project was launched to bring art to campus in a big way. The university has commissioned a series of large murals with the aim of engaging issues of inclusivity and diversity and empowering students by reflecting the variety of their cultural backgrounds. The first mural, located on Wilson Library, was unveiled during the University’s anniversary festivities during 2017’s Commencement ceremonies.

Photography

Students interested in photography have ample opportunities for creative expression at the University of La Verne. Students can major or minor in photography, or just take a course for credit. They can also view and be inspired by contemporary photographers at the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, which presents four exhibitions each year.

Photography Department at the University of La Verne first encourages students to work with faculty as they explore and refine techniques and address contemporary aesthetic considerations of the darkroom and digital photographic craft, providing opportunities for students to apply their skills, craftsmanship, social awareness and aesthetic sophistication within the spectrum of human experiences.

Theatre

At the University of La Verne, students participate in several productions each year, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and student-written works. The Department of Theatre Arts works in close alliance with the Department of Music, and many students are involved in both. Our facilities include the Dailey Theatre, which houses two performance spaces, a scenic and prop shop, an electrical shop, a theatre library, a green room, a seminar room, dressing rooms, and faculty/staff offices.

Non-majors can audition for plays and also participate in creative events, like dance workshops and open mic nights, throughout the year. Both the Department of Theatre and the student club Cabaret Student Productions support student-led productions and workshops.

Journalism, Broadcasting, or Creative Writing

Students who have a story to tell through writing can work for the University of La Verne Campus Times, our award-winning student newspaper that has served the campus since 1919. Students in our Communications Department get even more hands-on experience producing La Verne Magazine, a twice-annual magazine; running LeoFM, the campus radio station; and broadcasting LVTV-3 and KWST, community access TV stations for the cities of La Verne and San Dimas.

For those interested in creative writing, La Verne offers a Creative Writing major and students in that program manage the PRISM REVIEW, an annual contemporary poetry and fiction magazine featuring national and international authors. Undergraduate staff select and publish about 20 pieces from more than a thousand submissions each year.