Arts + Performance
Arts are an essential part of life at Saint Michael's. In fact, an artistic experience is a curriculum requirement. And there are many ways to gain that experience, from painting or photography, to building scenery for a show, or studying modern dance. Our performance spaces are busy most nights with student shows as well as music, lectures and more, as well as showcases from nationally known artists and speakers.
Theater students act in, design, direct, and create lights, sound and sets for two main-stage theater productions a year, and numerous senior-seminar shows each semester. You could stay up 24 hours straight to put on one of the plays created in the 24-hour Play Festival. And you could travel each year to the regional American College Theater Festival for workshops and competitions in acting, directing designing and more.
Some Saint Michael's students build their theater resume through internships at the Saint Michael's Playhouse, a professional Actor's Equity theater company that has performed on campus every summer for the past 56 years. Working alongside professional actors and designers, student interns gain invaluable experience staging four top-quality shows - lights, sets, costumes, publicity, props, timing, everything - in ten weeks' time.
Students have access through the Music Department to top-notch instructors in classical, folk and popular music instruments and a variety of singing styles. Musicians can get involved in numerous groups from first rate faculty. The Music Department runs a Concert Band, a String Ensemble, and a Big-Band-style Jazz Ensenble. The Akoma West African Drumming Ensemble gets students engaged in high-powered percussion performances. Students go outside the classroom to organize their own rock and jam bands, which perform in the Turtle Underground, our very own on-campus popular music venue.
Singing also resounds at St. Mike's. In addition to the College Chorale and Chamber Singers, there are three thriving a capella groups on campus that perform regularly to enthusiastic audiences: the co-ed Sleepless Knights; the all-female Aca-Bellas, and all-male Mike Check. The popular Liturgical Choir brings a world music vibe to the chapel.
Students have access to the best of live performances through the Culture Pass at Burlington's Flynn Performing Arts Center. Additionally, Burlington is well known for its music scene and for being the birthplace of Phish, a number of jam bands and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Local venues, such as Higher Ground, the Stowe Center for the Performing Arts, Nectar's and others showcase top flight rock and pop groups throughout the year.