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Northwest Florida State College

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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Audition Alert: The July 2020 production of “Cabaret” has been cancelled due to COVID-19/Coronavirus

Affiliated Programs


The Voices of Northwest Florida is a vocal ensemble designed to promote excellent musicianship and character. This group performs a variety of music from patriotic and inspirational to modern pop. This ensemble is created with the intent of representing Northwest Florida State College on campus, in the community, and beyond.

Vocalists interested in this group please email

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.

Scholarship funds are available for qualified students who come through a dance audition process. Contact Joe Taylor at (850) 729-6036 or email

NWF State College Madrigal Singers 2018

NWFSC Soundsations is a choir whose members are selected by audition. The group specializes in combined a cappella music from the Renaissance Madrigal to modern vocal jazz.

The Soundsations 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 NWFSC Soundsations (MUN1360) may be supported by Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship funds. Soundsations meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall.

Contact Allison Everitt for more information at (850) 729-6071, or

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.

For more information, contact David Simmons at (850) 729-6074 or

NWF State College Jazz Band 2018

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.

Contact Fred Domulot for more information at

Performers on Stage

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.

Current Workshop

GodSpell Summer Musical Theatre Workshop 2018

Film Club is a gathering of NWFSC students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, who meet to screen a free film and discuss it afterwards. We are currently on hiatus, due to the pandemic, but hope to return soon. For more information, please email faculty advisor Dr. David Simmons at

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