Performing Arts Program

Music + Voice + Theatre

The Performing Arts Program offers degrees in Music, Music/Voice, and Theatre. Students train in classical and contemporary styles and are given performing experience, practical career skills, and applied technique as a foundation for advancement in the performing arts.

The program helps students to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, internships, and employment or career advancement in the areas of performance, education, administration, and production. This is accomplished in an open access, optimal learning environment for students’ educational, cultural, and economic development.

“You couldn’t ask for a better teaching foundation that challenges students to push themselves and become better musicians. It’s a close knit group that discovers new and incredible talents each semester.”

Joe Sharpe

Performing Arts Alumni, Resident Vocals Hero

Rock ‘n’ Roll Holiday 2016
Photo by Matthew Peterson

Andrew Dickenson
Associate Professor of Music
Email:  adickenson@cecil.edu 

Associate of Arts, Music

About this degree

The music program provides students with performing experience, practical career skills, and applied technique as a foundation for advancement in music. Solid training in classical and/or contemporary techniques is given in individual lessons with participation in music ensemble performances every semester. This program helps students to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, internships, and employment or career advancement in the areas of performance, education, administration, and production. This is accomplished in an open access, optimal learning environment for students’ educational, cultural, and economic development.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level on their main instrument or vocal part
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of tonal harmony
  • Demonstrate functional proficiency in aural theory (ear training) and sight singing
  • Demonstrate proper use of basic hardware and software tools of music technology

Career Opportunities

Education, performance, composing and arranging, conducting, music therapy, recording industry and communications.

Curriculum Details

“Cecil College has provided me with more opportunities than I could have imagined. Through the assistance of the professors and faculty here I have been able to find a great teaching job and regularly get hired for local events. The knowledge I have gained here has been indispensable and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am in my field if it weren’t for the Performing Arts Department here at Cecil!”  

Hannah Berth

Pianist and Performer , Instructor at Oxford Arts Alliance

Rockestra 2016: Pour Some 80’s on Me
Photos by Matthew Peterson, 2016

Associate of Arts, Music + Voice

About this degree

The music/voice program provides students with performing experience, practical career skills, and applied technique as a foundation for advancement in music. Solid training in classical and/or contemporary techniques is given in individual lessons with participation in music ensemble performances every semester. This program helps students to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, internships, and employment or career advancement in the areas of performance, education, administration and production. This is accomplished in an open access, optimal learning environment for students’ educational, cultural, and economic development.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level on their main instrument or vocal part
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of tonal harmony
  • Demonstrate functional proficiency in aural theory (ear training) and sight singing
  • Demonstrate proper use of basic hardware and software tools of music technology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of vocal repertoire

Career Opportunities

Education, performance, composing and arranging, conducting, music therapy, recording industry and communications.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Photo by Matthew Peterson, 2017

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Photo by Lindsie Palmer, 2016

Associate of Arts, Theatre Performance and Acting

About this degree

The Theatre Performance/Acting program provides students with training in classical and contemporary approaches to performance, scene study, voice techniques, and movement. Examination of various theatrical genres and the masters of acting techniques culminate in a live performance each semester. The program helps students to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, internships, employment, or career advancement in the areas of performance and performance education. This is accomplished in an open access, optimal learning environment for students’ educational, cultural, and economic development.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the genres of theatre
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of plays and playwrights throughout history
  • Demonstrate an ability to portray various characters
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret major theatre works for the stage

Career Opportunities

Performing, directing and producing, set design and construction, sound and lighting, camera operation, stage management, writing (scripts, plays, journalism) and teaching.

“Cecil College allowed me to get the education and musical foundation I was looking for before venturing out into the unknown. Its teachers and professors provided me with invaluable confidence, experience, and direct knowledge of the professional world in which I am now creating and living in. Cecil College no doubt prepared me for a life of doing, with the heart, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Rory Sullivan

Performer and Recording Artist, winner of the CD Baby Songwriting Contest, recorded album with Grammy winner Will Ackerman

Photo by Luke Gallucci

Faculty

J. Andrew Dickenson, Performing Arts Coordinator and Professor of Music

Theatre Instructors

Heather Morrissey
Kelsy Long
Bob Denton
Andrew J. Mitchell

Music Instructors

Amanda Riffert (Bassoon, Brass)
Anthony Derrico (Guitar, Piano, Ensemble, Music Therapy)
Ben Goldman (Percussion)
Colleen Jones (Violin, Piano)
Eric Bostic (Audio Technology)
Greta Myers (Cello)
James Meyer (Jazz Guitar and Bass)
Jennifer Campbell (Piano)
Jim Fazzino (Audio Technology)
Noelle Presby Lipa (Woodwinds)
Yeonjune Suh (Voice, Choir)