NWF State College Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
The Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts program at Northwest Florida State College features a host of academic majors and performance opportunities for students interested in the arts and humanities.
Because of its association with the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, it presents unique opportunities for professional-level experiences in dance, theater, voice, music and visual arts. These experiences complement academics that provide the core for select two-year A.S. degrees, industry-specific certificates, or two-year transfer programs.
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Belle Voci, or Women’s Ensemble, is a select vocal group for women who are chosen through the audition process. Music studied is mostly a cappella and standard choral repertoire.
Women’s Ensemble members receive intense training under the direction of Ms. Lois Henry, and meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Dance Ensemble is open by audition to those students whose dance training has prepared them to meet the demands of stage performance. Students have the opportunity to study with guest artists in master classes, workshops, and residency programs. Performance opportunities range from small events to mainstage productions.
Members of our dance team (DAA1681) comprise Raider Rhythms, a select dance ensemble that appears at Raider basketball games in the college arena. Others selected for Dance Line may be featured with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra or the Soundsations Show Choir performances. Dancers may also join holiday shows and Foundation events where they can gain performance experience.
Madrigal Singers is a mixed choir whose members are selected by audition. The group specializes in combined a cappella music from the Renaissance Madrigal to modern vocal jazz.
Madrigal Singers perform throughout the year at various events including campus and community events, holiday performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and annual choir concerts.
Participation in Madrigal Singers (MUN1360) may be supported by Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship funds. Madrigal Singers meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall.
Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale is open by audition to students, staff, and members of the community. The chorale performs at local churches and on Mainstage with the NFSO and other ensembles doing works such as Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Solo opportunities are often a feature of the Chorale.
The chorus performs major choral compositions during the Fall and Spring Terms of each year and maintains a select membership of auditioned singers.
Students can earn college credit for participation in chorale (MUN1390), however, community members are allowed.
Jazz Ensemble plays jazz, big band, and rock in an ensemble setting.
It is open by audition to any student instrumentalist who wants to develop professional performance abilities pertinent to the jazz band style. Students must have some experience in high school bands or be playing consistently in other venues.
Jazz Band performs at area events and festivals, competes in local competitions, and performs in concert on Mainstage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center twice per year.
Students will earn credits in Rock & Jazz Ensemble (MUN1720A) and may apply for Fine & Performing Arts scholarship coverage. An accompanying lesson in Applied Music for a chosen instrument may also be approved.
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Sponsored by the Arts, Humanities, Communications and Design division, the summer musical allows students to participate in every aspect of theater production: musical theater stage performance, set construction, lighting, sound, costume and orchestra.
Participation in the summer musical is open by audition to all students and members of the community. Auditions are usually held in April with rehearsals commencing with the start of the college’s summer semester. Musical Theatre produces one Broadway-style musical each year in summer.
While working in the musical, students can earn theater arts credit depending on their area of participation. Students are also eligible to receive Fine & Performing Arts scholarship support for the summer musical courses.
Held each year in June, this intense workshop allows high-school aged students to develop skills in the areas of voice, dance, drama while producing a musical and performing it before a live theater audience.
This is a fun and intense summer program that runs approximately four to five weeks and concludes with a performance in the Sprint Theater.
Film Club is composed of students (and is also open to the public) who meet to watch and discuss Hollywood hits, foreign, independent, and classic movies. Please contact Advisor Dr. David Simmons at (850) 729-6074, or President Michael Valdez at (575) 680-7347.
2018-2019 Film Club Meeting Dates
- August 27, Baby Driver
- September 17
- October 8
- October 29
- November 19
- December 3