Viterbo launches performing arts program to give students ‘best of all worlds’

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Viterbo University has created a Conservatory for the Performing Arts to embrace a new approach to training that will include more essential skill training, according to a Tuesday announcement.

“Our performing arts students will have the best of all worlds,” said Frank Ludwig, interim dean of the Viterbo College of Business, Performing Arts, and Leadership. “They will receive strong professional preparation while receiving a full educational experience at Viterbo University. The move to a conservatory will make our commitment to educating professional artists and art community leaders more transparent and build a greater sense of connection across the performing arts fields for faculty, students, and alumni.”

The program values and honors the liberal arts tradition, but does more than offer just enough general education course work to satisfy the minimum requirements of a bachelor’s degree.

The Viterbo University Conservatory for the Performing Arts will continue to provide deep exposure to the liberal arts alongside nationally recognized professional training that will make graduates better prepared for the complexities of today’s arts careers.

Viterbo will maintain its distinct majors in theatre, music theatre, and music as well as its minors in arts management, dance, theatre, and music. The conservatory will also seek to identify new fields of study related to performing arts and the live entertainment industry and expand opportunities for interdisciplinary pursuits.

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