Welcome to the Department of Music and Dance Program. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and is home to the Dance Program, which offers a minor in dance. This site highlights the many exceptional academics, faculty, performances and programs produced through the department. Your learning is an important endeavor. We look forward to working with you as you take the next steps in your education and growth.
General inquiry and other questions may be directed to Cristian Pennington at (773) 442-5900.
Whether you are interested in a major or minor in music education or performance, the music program places an emphasis on the development of your musical performance abilities. Many of Northeastern's faculty members have trained at some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the world. This level of knowledge and experience, along with your personal investment, will make your studio lessons second-to-none. Participation in musical ensembles is a requirement of all music students, as well as attendance at live performances each semester. All students seeking admission to the music program must perform a live audition.
Are you ready to explore the music program at Northeastern? Would you like to visit the campus or schedule an audition? Contact Sasha Gerritson, Scholarship and Recruitment Coordinator at (773) 442-5906.
The individually designed dance minor is comprised of technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz and Spanish dance. The student performance group, Repertory Dance Ensemble, performs choreography created by faculty, students and guest artists each semester. Other unique performance and learning opportunities are accessible through collaborative partnerships with the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and through the university’s in-residence dance company, Ensemble Español.
All students seeking admission to the dance program must demonstrate proficiency in dance through a live audition. Are you ready to explore the dance program at Northeastern? Would you like to visit the campus or schedule an audition? Contact Dr. Venetia Stifler, Dance Program Coordinator at (773) 442-5918.
Scholarships are available in both music and dance. To find out more about available scholarships, contact the appropriate program coordinator.
Where We Perform
The University's Auditorium and Recital Hall are two of the finest performance spaces in Chicago. Originally designed by VOA Associates Inc., in conjunction with Schuler & Schook, Inc. Theater Consultants, and The Talaske Group, Inc. - Acoustical Consultants, the Recital Hall was completed in 1999, and the Auditorium in 2004.
The 425-seat Auditorium is an ample, yet intimate, room with excellent sight lines. The versatile stage is suitable for music, theater and dance. The Auditorium is equipped with a theater lighting system, wireless digital sound system, acoustical shell and ceiling, dance floor, two Steinway Model D pianos, projector, screen, and many other professional-grade appointments. Full-scale opera, musical theater, symphony orchestra, instrumental and concert ensembles, choral and dance performances, and lectures regularly happen here.
The Recital Hall seats 170 in an acoustically pleasing setting. The Chicago Tribune has hailed the Recital Hall as "a gem of a space boasting exceptional acoustics." The Recital Hall is also known as the "jewel box" and is where the Jewel Box Series gets its name. The Recital Hall has two Steinway Model D pianos, an authentic Wolf 18th century reproduction of a French double-manual, transposing harpsichord (built in 1975), and many other professional-grade appointments. The Recital Hall is a favored space for WFMT-produced "Live Music in Chicago" programs which feature Jewel Box Series concerts regularly. The Recital Hall is an ideal space for recording, as well as for live performance.
Afternoon and evening concerts are offered in these venues throughout the year including performances by students and faculty. Guest artists are featured in performances produced by the University's Office of Cultural Events which includes the Jewel Box Concerts, Ensemble Español, and The Ruth Page Dance Series, among others.
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