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If you enjoy being creative and inspired, Concord University is the place to channel your creative energy and start a productive and fulfilling career in the Fine Arts!

Major in art,  art education or music. Achieve your career goals by developing your creative skills through art or music. An important dimension of the Department of Fine Arts activities is to stimulate a climate on the campus to promote artistic expression and creativity. Many of the co-curricular programs provided by the Department of Fine Arts meet these needs. In addition, the Artist Lecture Series brings professional musicians, actors, speakers, and artists to campus for performances and workshops.

Prospective Art Students

You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. This degree requires a major in studio art, or advertising and graphic design, with a minor or electives as recommended by your advisor.

Do you want to teach? Then pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education with a certification to teach art. You may choose either a certificate for grades 5-adult in art (second field required) or a certificate for grades preK-adult in art. You may also teach music by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education with a certification to teach music. You may choose from instrumental, voice, keyboard or composition and pursue a certificate for grades preK-adult. A faculty member will serve as an advisor to you, to help you select the classes you need to meet your education goals.

Instrumental Studies

The instrumental auditionee should prepare material that will represent them at their best.

Brass: In addition to scales, prospective students should prepare two contrasting pieces: one lyrical, the other technical. Solos may be chosen from the standard repertoire for your instrument i.e.: etudes, sonatas, and concertos.

Percussion: Auditioning percussionists should demonstrate their abilities on snare drum and two-mallet keyboard percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba), please prepare a solo piece on each. Prepared pieces for timpani, four-mallet keyboard, drumset styles, and timpani are not required but are encouraged.

Suggested material for percussion:

  • Snare Drum: Etudes from Cirone, Delecluse, Peters, Goldenberg, or equivalent.
  • Keyboard percussion: One movement or solo/etude from G.H. Green, Stout, Abe J.S. Bach, Creston, Musser, Rosauro, or equivalent.

This literature can be found at Steve Weiss Music (

Woodwind: Students should be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale covering the full range of their instrument. The auditionee should also prepare two etudes of contrasting styles.

Suggested etude books for woodwinds include:

  • Flute: Voxman Selected Studies or Melodious and Progressive Studies for Flute
  • Oboe: Voxman Selected Studies or Ferling 48 Studies
  • Clarinet: Voxman Selected Studies or Rose 32 Etudes
  • Saxophone: Voxman Selected Studies or Ferling 48 Studies
  • Bassoon: Milde Concert Studies Op. 26 or Weissenborn Studies Op. 8
Vocal and Choral Studies

For your audition, you should prepare two contrasting solos — if one song is slow and sustained, for example, the other should be in a different tempo. At least one of the two songs must be in English.

English Language

  • Art songs
  • Folk songs and sacred arrangements
  • Gospel
  • Lute songs by Dowland, Campion, Morely, etc.
  • Musical Theatre
  • Popular song arrangements

Foreign Language

  • Standard art songs in French, German, Italian and Spanish are appropriate, if you choose to present a song in a foreign language.

Preparation Pointers: The musicality and the beauty of your singing are important — the difficulty of your music is not. Please select and prepare songs that will represent you at your best.

Accompaniment: We encourage vocalists to have an accompanied audition. If you would like to have an accompanist provided for you, then you will need to indicate that on your audition request form. You will also need to mail, email or fax a legible copy of your music to our Fine Arts Secretary, Ms. Marcheta Gunter. Your music must be labeled with your name and state that it is for your audition. Music should be received at least two weeks before your scheduled audition date. You will need to bring the original music with you to your audition.

Students may bring their own accompanist on the day of the audition. We will do our best to confirm your audition time to maximize your visit to Concord University.

Sight-singing: Students will be asked to play or sing a short passage at sight during their audition.

Prospective Theatre Students

Concord University Theatre can help you get where you want to be. Want to act in New York; what about walking straight from the Athens campus to one of Big Apple’s most famous Off Broadway threatres. It happened. What about LA? A recent honors theatre grad has been doing the “La-la” thing for the last five years. Maybe film and TV is your thing. Another of our theatre grads went straight from our production of CABARET to feature films and network television. By the way, he gained a graduate theatre degree from UCLA in the process.

Our principal goal at Concord Theatre is to prepare talented students for graduate study. In the past year Concord theatre grads have earned graduate degrees from Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Akron. Another of our students is finishing his graduate degree at American University in Washington DC. This past season another of our recent grads was a member of the resident company of Theatre West Virginia.

Our production choices are intended to provide you a range of acting and design opportunities. Recent shows include: ANTIGONE, EXTREMETIES, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE ELEPHANT MAN, KENEDY’S CHILDREN, GRACELAND & SISTER MAY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL.

Admission to Concord University Theatre is by audition.

Alexander Fine Arts Center,
Concord University,
Athens, WVA 24712

Department of Fine Arts Honoraries, Clubs and Organizations
  • Art Society / Ceramics Society
  • The Concordian, student newspaper
  • MENC: The National Association for Music Education
  • Concord University Art Education Association
Internships, Graduate School Opportunities and Job Placement

Students in Concord’s Department of Fine Arts find internships in a variety of settings:

  • advertising agencies
  • government agencies
  • newspapers
  • print shops
  • small businesses
  • colleges and universities
Concord graduates have been accepted at the following graduate institutions
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • Concord University
  • Emerson College
  • Florida State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Hollins University
  • Indiana University
  • Kent State University
  • Marshall University
  • Ohio University
  • Radford University
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Pennsylvania

Alumni find positions as elementary, high school or college teachers, actors, musicians, journalists, reporters, broadcast journalists, graphic artists or art directors.