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The Performing and Fine Arts at the University of Portland are an integral part of campus life and the Portland community.  Every year, student and faculty artists in music, theater, and the visual arts perform and present their work to audiences of over 10,000 who witness the creativity, expression, and passion of the collaborative work in our Department. Students can earn both majors and minors in our nationally accredited programs. 

The theater program produces four main stage productions annually in the Mago Hunt Theater, and between two and four student-directed second stage productions in the Blair Studio Theater. The music program presents 12-14 performance events by its ensemble groups, including the University Singers, Bel Canto, the Jazz Band, the Wind Symphony, and Orchestra. Professional musicians and students present weekly recitals in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall. The Mago Hunt Center, the department's home, houses a theater, recital hall, rehearsal space and shops, and music practice rooms. 

Both theater and music students go on to graduate study and internship programs around the country. In recent years, theater students have won both regional and national awards in acting and design through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Scholarships for music and theater students are available. Look deeper into our site for further information on all of our programs, scholarship auditions and applications.

The visual arts also enrich the student’s curriculum and the campus environment. A minor in the fine arts allows student to study design, art history, and studio coursework in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. The Buckley Center Gallery on campus features a rotating monthly art show by professional artists and students.

The arts faculty and I invite you to explore theater, music and the visual arts at the University of Portland. Please contact us if you have any further questions about the great training and events we have to offer. 


Patrick Murphy
Chair, Department of Performing and Fine Arts
Associate Professor of Music