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School of Music

James Allen Anderson, director of orchestral activities, leads The University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, an 80-plus member auditioned ensemble comprised of the finest undergraduate and graduate music majors from the distinguished School of Music as well as gifted non-majors from other departments across campus.

UD School of Music leads the state of Delaware’s thriving arts scene in total music performances, producing and presenting more than 300 events each year in University venues, around the region, and expanding UD’s reach and reputation globally at world-class venues in South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The School of Music reflects the highest levels of performance and scholarship through its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as opportunities for students throughout the University to participate in musical endeavors. Our renowned faculty present and perform on stages throughout the world, bringing national and international prominence to the University and the state of Delaware, and our student success reflects a firm dedication to curricular innovation, musicianship and high artistic standards.

Master Players Concert Series

6-Wire performs on stage

​The Master Players Concert Series brings national and international world-class musicians and performing artists to the University and the surrounding communities. As a long-term partner of the UD School of Music, Master Players presents performances that promote diversity and encourage UD interdisciplinary faculty collaboration, thereby enriching scholarship and research, promote creativity and inspire the imaginations of non-musician artists and creative students, assisting them to be fully self-expressive.

Resident Ensemble Players

On-stage production

Resident Ensemble Players (REP) is a professional theatre located at UD. The REP engages audiences throughout the region with frequent and outstanding professional productions of a wide variety of classic, modern and contemporary plays performed in a wide variety of styles. The REP also contributes to UD’s undergraduate curriculum and aims to create future life-long theatregoers by presenting plays that are studied in the curriculum or which illuminate matters studies in the curriculum. Professional actors make classroom visits to illuminate texts, illustrate ideas and promote learning as only live theatre can, and perform special matinees of REP productions for middle school and high school students, with classroom outreach sessions presented at those schools.

Dance

Dance class in session

The Dance minor is a joint program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences, which began in the fall of 2009 as an outlet for students to express creativity and explore ideas through the physical medium of dance. The minor provides students with the opportunity to study dance as a performing art while also pursuing complementary coursework in areas such as dance science, pedagogical methods and an exploration of dance in world cultures.

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