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There are so many opportunities to participate in the arts at BC. Take advantage of all that BC has to offer: Below you will find brief descriptions and contact information for the various arts departments and opportunities at BC for your reference throughout the year.


Theater Department

Theatre Department

Chair: Scott Cummings
Theater Arts Center

An extensive course list in acting, directing, play-writing, design, education, and management. Dance classes in ballet, choreography, sacred dance, and more. The university theater presents six major productions per year. Auditions take place early each semester.


Music Department

Music Department

Undergraduate Advisor: Jeremiah McGrann
Lyons Hall Room 407

Courses in theory and composition, in the history and current trends of both Western and non-Western music, and lessons in performance. Vocal and instrumental performing ensembles in various musical styles.



Bands Program

Bands Program

Director: Sebastian Bonaiuto
Conte Forum

Award-winning instrumental and jazz ensemble (BC bOp!), University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and chamber music ensembles. The nationally renowned "Screaming Eagles" Marching Band and Pep Band perform for thousands of sports fans.


Fine Arts Department

Fine Arts Department

Chair: Jeffery Howe
Devlin Hall, Room 434

Majors and minors available in Art History, Film Studies (history, criticism/theory, filmmaking/editing), and Studio Art (painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and digital technology). Space reserved for freshman in many classes. Student art work exhibits in Bapst Art Gallery, organized by the Art Club.

Note: A BC ID means free admission to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts!


McMullen Museum of Art

McMullen Museum of Art

Director: Nancy Netzer
Devlin Hall

Rotating exhibitions of world class art, as well as a select permanent collection. Museum is free! Opportunities for internships and volunteer work. Look for information on openings and receptions.



English Department

English Department

Undergraduate Advisor: Treseanne Ainsworth
Stokes Hall

Creative writing courses in fiction, poetry, and cretive non-fiction. English majors meeting certain requirements can declare a concentration in creative writing. Other opportunities to get involved include Poetry and Fiction Days, lecture series, student literary publication, and the English Association.


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The ensembles listed below are professionally-directed. Student-run organizations include a cappella groups, improvisational theater and comedy troupes, dance organizations, literary organizations, and more.  Information about these can be found through the Office of the Dean for Student Development (see below).

Group Name Contact

BC bOp! Instrumental & Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Chamber Music Society Sandra Hebert

Flute Choir Judy Grant

Improvisation Workshops Erik Kniffen

Irish Traditional Music Ensembles

Irish Dance
“Screaming Eagles” Marching Band

Popular Styles Ensemble Erik Kniffin

Symphonic Band

Symphony Orchestra John Finney

University Chorale Chorale Office

University Wind Ensemble

NOTE: Individual lessons available in voice, piano, guitar, strings, winds, brass, etc. For credit or non-credit. All levels accepted. Contact the music department before drop/add ends.


Maloney Hall, Suite 242
Telephone: 617-552-3480

Student clubs and organizations in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Auditions for various dance and music groups take place during the first weeks of September.