Creative activity and the performing arts are vital to the success of a major research university. The University of Rochester has long enjoyed world-class programs in the performing arts through the Eastman School of Music and our department of music, theater program, and dance program in the School of Arts and Sciences. The city of Rochester is home to a vibrant performing arts community. The combination of a rich arts environment on campus with a strong local and regional arts community makes the University of Rochester the ideal place for the Institute.
John Covach (Professor of Music) is the director of the University's Institute for Performing Arts and author of the leading textbook history of rock music, What's That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History. His online courses for Coursera have enrolled over 250,000 students worldwide. Explore his writing here.
The mission of the Institute is to support, cultivate, and promote engagement in the performing arts, encompassing scholarship, performance, and attendance at events, within the College, the university, the Rochester community, and the Western New York region.
Pop-Rock Mother Courage updates Brecht for contemporary world
The UR International Theatre Program commissions its first original theatrical score, a pop-rock version of Bertolt Brecht’s timely and powerful work about the brutality and sacrifice of war, with music by acclaimed up-and-coming composer, Matt Marks, and directed by Nigel Maister.
The College offers over 200 courses in the performing arts. About 30% of River Campus undergraduates participate in the performing arts each year. The performing arts tradition at UR reaches back over 100 years!
Rochester is uniquely positioned to advocate, promote, and cultivate the performing arts on campus, in the community, and in the region. If you would like more information about the performing arts at Rochester, including ways of playing a role in supporting our efforts, please Contact us.