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Celebrating music, dance, and theatre

Supporting the performing arts

Collaborating across campus and in the community

Why create an Institute for the Performing Arts?

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.

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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 300,000 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.

Window Dressing


Program of Dance and Movement students perform "Window Dressing"

This year's Meliora Weekend featured an innovative performance by students in the Program of Dance and Music.  Click the tab below to view a brief video that gives a glimpse into the students' experiences in working on this exciting event.

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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!

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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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