Fine & Performing Arts


Whether students have a strong background in music, theatre and visual art, or are new to the artistic scene, Southern Virginia University provides numerous opportunities for students to discover talents and develop artistically regardless of what major they choose.

We encourage our students to learn how to express themselves, work well in groups, and discover new interests by participating in the fine and performing arts — including theatrical productions, an art club, choirs, instrumental ensembles and a comedy troupe — at Southern Virginia.

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”Article of Faith: 13

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Students who participate in Southern Virginia’s program understand that music is a priceless and irreplaceable component of human life, occupying a unique position in the Latter-day Saint culture. It speaks to the intellect, emotion and human soul in an essential way.

Southern Virginia provides student performers with dedicated and resourceful faculty who create a positive learning environment. From beginners to advanced soloists, Southern Virginia helps students reach their full potential through musical opportunities including orchestra, choir, band, vocal performance, and piano or instrumental performance.

Students who participate in the university’s musical ensembles regularly perform concerts both in the surrounding community and at other venues. University choirs have performed at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, and several choral festivals under the direction of renowned composers and conductors including René Clausen and David Wiley.

“We are in a position, as musicians, to touch the souls of those who listen.”President Spencer W. Kimball



Outstanding production opportunities and individualized pre-professional training await you and the growing number of students who choose to participate in Southern Virginia’s theatre program.

Whether you major or minor in theatre or simply audition for a play or help build a set, you can become involved in Southern Virginia’s main stage productions, ranging from musicals to the works of Shakespeare.

No matter which aspect of theatre interests you — acting, directing, playwriting, musical theatre, set and lighting design, technical theatre or even front-of-house operations like box office or theatre management — Southern Virginia will help you receive the experience you need.

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”Oscar Wilde

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Visual intelligence is more important today than ever before. In our visually oriented world, an understanding of visual communication is vital to understanding who we are and what is happening around us. Art provides a key to understanding culture, thought and human experience. In many cases, art also pries open the door to finally understand ourselves.

Students have multiple opportunities to create an array of beautiful art pieces through semester-long projects. Visual art students acquire a foundation in studio art and art history, as well as training in articulate verbal and written communication.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”Thomas Merton