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Meet the Director

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.

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Our Mission

  • 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.


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!

Support the Institute

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.

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