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NSO (New Student Orientation) Convocation: Choir Performance Opportunities

New Student Orientation Academic Convocation is a formal gathering of faculty, staff, students and families initiating your college career in a momentous ceremony and celebration. It is required for all incoming Georgetown University students.

The Department of Performing Arts, in conjunction with the University, allows students to participate in the ceremony by singing in the NSO Choir. Students who do so enjoy many benefits, including an introduction to the music program at Georgetown, the ability to meet current students, and the opportunity to move into your dorm before the rush of returning students.

For those interested in participating in the NSO Choir, please complete this form by June 30th2023: Professor Binkholder (fab7) will be in touch following this deadline to provide additional participation details.

New Students Interested in the Department of Performing Arts

Welcome new students!  Discover dynamic programs in music, theater, and dance at Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts!

Georgetown’s vibrant Department of Performing Arts scene includes the College’s undergraduate degree programs in American Musical Culture and Theater & Performance Studies; a minor in Performing Arts; dozens of academic and co-curricular performing groups in music, theater, and dance; and a wide range of courses including public speaking and Humanities: Arts, Literatures and Cultures (HALC) requirements in the Gen Ed.

If you haven’t already, please fill out this Performing Arts Interest form to connect with us.

Professor Soyica Diggs Colbert is awarded 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship.

April 7, 2023
Congratulations to Professor Soyica Diggs Colbert on her latest achievement of 2023 Guggenheim Fellow! The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions. Each year, the Guggenheim Foundation awards approximately 175 fellowships to individuals making their mark in the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts. Very best wishes for your success!

Professor Natsu Onoda Power receives Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

April 3rd, 2023
On behalf of the Department of Performing Arts community, we are thrilled to congratulate Professor Natsu Onoda Power for receiving a Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award!
This award honors outstanding achievement in the teaching of undergraduate students.
During the pandemic, performing arts classes were particularly hard hit. But for Onoda Power, virtual productions were not just a thin, temporary alternative to in-person classes. Zoom became an opportunity. Moving Georgetown online offered new ways for her to engage students in a meaningful, intimate, and hands-on manner. In March 2021, she directed a production called Okinawa Field Trip as part of her course. As a culminating event, two dozen audience members were invited to go on a virtual field trip each evening. The journey started at the front gates of Georgetown, where they boarded a magical bus to visit Okinawa, Japan. Student performers served as “guides” and “fellow students on the trip,” interacting with audience members in real-time through Zoom, performing in front of green screens in their homes. The footage was live-mixed with footage from Okinawa, where Onoda Power was located.
Professor Benjamin Harbert, Chair of the Department of Performing Arts said of Natsu, “Each course that Onoda Power teaches has an element of newness and student ownership that make indelible marks on our students.”
Congratulations! You are an inspiration to us all!

Calling all creatives!

Department of Performing Arts Summer Creative Research Awards

March 17, 2023

Georgetown’s Department of Performing Arts (DPA) offers grants to current undergraduate students to support research, scholarship, and professional development. The DPA Summer Creative Research Award covers costs for student-led interdisciplinary research, fieldwork, approved internships, workshops, conferences, festivals, and other projects related to thesis or capstone projects. The DPA Summer Creative Research Award helps students with basic living expenses, transportation, accommodation, travel, and other reasonable costs associated with their projects, making these experiences accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation. While preference is given to American Musical Culture and Theater and Performance Studies majors, the awards are open to all Georgetown undergraduate students.

Click on the link above for grant specifications and application process. Application deadline April 15.

Celebrating Pep Band’s 100-Year History

October 25th, 2022

Recently, Georgetown University showcased the incredible 100-year history of the Pep Band. “Since 1922, the band has played for U.S. presidents, in DC parades and at hundreds of Hoya games and…

Read more Department of Performing Arts Announcements.

Georgetown University is a vaccinated campus. Events scheduled at this time to be held live are subject to change. We encourage, but do not require, the use of masks indoors, in compliance with the University’s public health guidelines, which may include additional guest registration protocols in effect at the time of the event. The University may limit capacity in certain indoor venues at any time. Attendees should be fully vaccinated, and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 needs to stay home.

All faculty and student artists working on DPA performances are taking every precaution to adhere to protocols and the latest public health guidelines, and to prioritize the safety and comfort of audience members and the wider community.

We are committed to the safety of our entire community, and will be monitoring the ongoing pandemic to make adjustments as needed. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to sharing this vibrant season of events with you!

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