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Performing Arts Change Lives! Got Music? Get Money!

Join the Pep Band, Chorale, Lyric Theatre, or the Dance Team and receive a scholarship

  • Share your talent
  • Have fun with new friends
  • Show your school spirit

Tell us you're interested, or ask about scholarships in an email to: perform@madonna.edu
See more information about the music department.


Gospel Choir

Gospel ChoirThe Madonna University Gospel Choir is a student-centered, faith-based, performing arts organization which explores practical worship, expresses campus ministry, and espouses Christian principles through a wide variety of genres, including traditional, contemporary, and inspirational gospel music. The music of the Choir is not particular to a group or ethnic background but to the Gospel message itself and its broad articulations within the experience of Christian music. The repertoire goes well beyond contemporary and traditional gospel music and includes African American spirituals, American hymnody, sacred anthems, gospel jazz, praise and worship choruses, and international folk songs of faith. Madonna University recognizes Gospel music as a vehicle of worship, a chronicle of history, and a cultural asset of the faith experience in America and beyond. The Gospel Choir is directed by Darnell Ishmel who grew up singing, playing, and directing gospel music at his local church. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at perform@madonna.edu.


Pep Band

Pep BandThe Madonna University Pep Band is performance-based and open to all students. Prior experience of playing a band instrument and the ability to read music at a fundamental-intermediate level is required, but marching skills are not necessary. If you play keyboard, bass, percussion, woodwind, or brass, and want to be part of a fresh, new, lively band, this is the ensemble for you! Most of the performances are at home (men’s/women’s) basketball games, various school functions and other athletic spirit-focused events. Selections will include a combination of traditional and modern music to present a popular, entertaining sound. It is recommended everyone has his/her own instrument; however, the university does have some instruments that can be utilized for the duration of the season. The director can also assist in locating the necessary instruments. Auditions for membership are scheduled individually at a mutually convenient appointment with the Director of Instrumental Music, Kevin Del Pup. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at perform@madonna.edu.


Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Madonna University Lyric Theatre is open to all Madonna students, regardless of major, experience or skill level. Each academic year, the Lyric Theatre performs two varied productions, under the music/stage direction of associate professor Barbara Wiltsie. A great opportunity to continue your love of performing on stage, Lyric Theatre productions appeal to students who enjoy opera/operetta or musical theatre, and who want to gain confidence, poise and leadership skills – while they have fun learning dance styles and dressing in fabulous costumes. Our productions rehearse throughout the semester, culminating in a weekend of public performances; and offer all Madonna students opportunities for major roles, smaller roles, chorus and/or stage crew. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at perform@madonna.edu.


Dance Team

Dance Team

The Madonna University Dance Team is a group of enthusiastic dancers who practice and perform with spirit and dedication. The Dance Team performs at men's and women's basketball games, campus events, and competitions. We are looking for members who have a serious work ethic, positive attitude, and a substantial dance background. Members must be committed for the entirety of the athletic season, which will run from August until February. Dance Team is open to students from any major and the auditions are held in April. The dancers are fortunate to train with the new coach, Calli Hornacek who is a former cheerleader for the Detroit Lions. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at perform@madonna.edu.
 


Chorale

Chorale The Madonna University Chorale is an ensemble of passionate vocalists with varied interests, academic majors, and abilities. Under the direction of Kevin Cushman, adjunct associate professor of music, Chorale members perform at local charity events, international dinners, and campus ceremonies, in addition to their scheduled performances during each term. While mastering a repertoire of classical works, the Chorale also performs contemporary pieces, spirituals, folk songs, multicultural music and original arrangements. Participants develop a deeper appreciation for music and refine their individual skills as musicians. Prospective members are asked to arrange a brief interview and audition with the director. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at perform@madonna.edu.