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.

You can also watch this previously recorded GU Department of Performing Arts webinar for admitted students, in which you’ll be introduced to some faculty, staff, and students and learn about the Music, Theater & Performance Studies, and Dance Programs.

If you haven’t already, please fill out this performing arts interest form to connect with us. For those wishing to participate in the virtual ensembles for New Student Convocation, including Choir, Orchestra, or Jazz Combos, check out the additional information directly below.

NSO Convocation – Choir/Orchestra and Jazz Combos Performance

As you may or may not be aware, the Fall 2020 New Student Orientation will take place virtually, regardless of the decisions made for on-campus operations and housing.  New Student Orientation will be held on August 22-25, 2020, and program content will be accessible through a New Student Orientation “course” on your Canvas page (  Parent and Family Orientation will occur on Saturday, August 22, and content will be accessible on the Family Engagement website

While this may not have been the plan we had intended, the health and safety of all students, music directors, and staff remains the utmost priority.  As an alternative, we are excited to announce that our music groups will be performing for the momentous occasion!  

We will be preparing a recording of each music selection that will be edited together to sound as a single unified group.  The respective Music Directors will contact each of you with music to learn, record, and submit for this recording.  This process is familiar to our program, as we did the same for the Spring Graduation 2020.  We found it to be a beautiful presentation during this virtual time.

We understand this announcement brings forth additional questions regarding move-in times and processes. For NSO purposes only, there will be no early move-in.  The Office of Residential Living will be coming out with further information, if they have not already, on those processes.  

There will be further information provided in the coming days and weeks through the New Student Orientation website, as well as our own Department of Performing Arts page. 

Please view the information below for your specific ensemble group and the information requested to participate:

NSO Orchestra & Choir

The deadline for submission to participate virtually in NSO convocation Orchestra and Choir is Thursday, July 30th by 5 p.m.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact choir director Prof. Frederick Binkholder ( or orchestra director Prof. Angel Gil-Ordóñez (  

Here is the box link to review material, create and submit:

1. Star Spangled Banner
2. Veni Creator – Choir only
3. Alma Mater

NSO Jazz Ensemble

The deadline for submission to participate virtually in NSO convocation Jazz Ensembles is Friday, August 14th by 11:59 p.m.  Once the groups are set Professor Bratcher will reach out to everyone with the schedule of events Friday-Sunday.  For all questions or concerns please reach out to Professor Bratcher at

Students interested in participating in the jazz events will need to submit a video of them playing the jazz standard “ Just Friends”  All materials, including backing tracks, and how to submit your video can be found here.  

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, one of the music directors, Anthony DelDonna, Director of the Music Program (, or Derek Goldman, Chair of DPA and Director of Theater and Performance Studies program ( We are here to help in any way possible. We look forward to meeting you all!

Sarah Ginnetti,
Academic Administrator

Upcoming Events

DPA Meet and Greet, as part of New Student Orientation
Tuesday, August 25 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Welcome Back Meeting for TPST Majors, Minors, & Friends
Friday, August 28 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. via Zoom

Welcome Meeting for Music Majors & Minors
Date and Time TBA

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