Since music pervades society, the Music and Theatre Arts Department seeks to increase students' awareness of the musical and theatrical world and influence their cultural lives through critical listening and active participation. The department offers a full range of courses for music and theatre students alike, as well as performing ensembles for every interest.
Ensembles include Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Red Raider Marching Band, Brass and Woodwind Chamber ensembles, University-Community Orchestra, and Women's Chorale. Each year, more than 400 students perform for local audiences, throughout the United States and abroad. Students representing virtually all degree programs take time out of their busy schedules to participate in Shippensburg's music ensembles for the sheer enjoyment of making music. SU students may earn academic credit for participation in our performing ensembles.