College of Performing and Visual Arts
From UNC's Jazz Fest to International Stages
April 18, 2023 — University of Northern Colorado alumnus Julian Cary '19 never imagined that his pursuit of a career in music would lead him to the other side of the world. Now a successful musician in Bangkok, Thailand and an instructor of jazz voice at Silpakorn University, Cary’s journey began in Denver.
All You Need to Know About Día de los Muertos
October 28, 2022 — Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life and joy in which every year on Nov. 2, families gather to honor the lives of those who have departed.The Mexican traditionwill be celebrated again this year at the University of Northern Coloradowith activities on and off campus.
Summer Arts Return with Theatre Performances and Free Outdoor Concerts at UNC
June 13, 2022 — After two years of canceled or shortened seasons due to the pandemic, the University of Northern Colorado’s Summer Arts Season is back with several productions from the Little Theatre of the Rockiesand the return of the popular series of free outdoor musical performances, Concerts Under the Stars.
Breakout Musical Theatre Star and Former Lumineers Band Member to Deliver Commencement Address to 2022 University of Northern Colorado Graduates
April 6, 2022 — Neyla Pekarek ‘09 will deliver the address at both University of Northern Colorado (UNC) spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, at Nottingham Field. The first ceremony will be held for all Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business and College of Natural and Health Sciences graduates at 9 a.m. A second ceremony will follow at 12:30 p.m. for all College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Performing and Visual Arts graduates.
Grammy-Nominated Alumna Trades Concert Set for Musical Theatre
February 4, 2022 — Since graduating from UNC, Neyla Pekarek '09, has lived on a stage. For eight years she traveled across the world performing in front of massive crowds as a member of the highly successful folk-rock band, The Lumineers. Now she's entering a new stage in her career debuting the world premiere of her new musical Rattlesnake Kate at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre to Perform The Threepenny Opera
November 3, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado’s Opera Theatre will return to the stage with live performances of The Threepenny Opera, an opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht with an English adaption of the libretto by Marc Blitzstein. This opera is a take on life following World War I in Germany, and the life of crime the people had to take up just to get by.
Alumni-led Production of Rent Gives Current Students A Taste of Broadway
October 21, 2021 — In the early 2000s, two eager University of Northern Colorado Theatre Arts majors had their eyes set on New York’s biggest stage. Taking dance course after dance course and performing in multiple student productions, Jason Veasey and Aléna Watters achieved that dream, using the skills they perfected on campus and eventually showcasing them on Broadway.
UNC Designated as All-Steinway School Thanks to Donor Funds
March 29, 2021 — The University of Northern Colorado College of Performing and Visual Arts received a total of 96 new Steinway & Sons pianos, with most of them arriving in December of 2018, sealing the School of Music’s All-Steinway School status.
Music to His Ears: Professor Offers Individual Lessons in Park
July 28, 2020 — The idea came to Professor Gal Faganel as he attended a family function at Glenmere Park, a few blocks north of UNC’s west campus.He hadn’t seen his cello students in person since the university moved classes online five months ago. Faganel adapted, and even found advantages in the virtual space (more on that in a moment), but still longed for side-by-side instruction.
How an Art and Design Class Adapted to the New, Online Environment
May 15, 2020 — Anna Ursyn, Ph.D., a professor of Digital Media and head of the Digital Media Area at UNC, shares her and her students’ experiences in adapting to the new, online learning environment as well as to life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Professor Helped Students with No-Contact Drop-Off of Supplies, Virtual Learning
April 22, 2020 — As courses transition to alternate delivery for the remainder of the semester, UNC Professor Anne Toewe discovered new ways to teach courses and prepare students for online learning.
Setting the Stage for Student Success
November 6, 2019 — The new Campus Commons Performance Hall has set the stage for students like sophomore Louis Morales to take his work to a whole new level. “It really does make the biggest impact. It means the world to us,” Louis says. “It surprises me all the time, in a good way, the generosity that other people have. When they come together it can create things like this.”
Educational Theatre Association Recognizes UNC Professor with Founders’ Award
September 23, 2019 — UNC Professor Mary Schuttler has received the Educational Theatre Association’s Founders’ Award which is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice.
UNC Grads Contribute to Growing Greeley Creative Economy
September 9, 2019 — There’s no question that the creative economy in Colorado is booming. You don’t have to go far to find concerts, art exhibits, plays or other performances nearly any night of the week. Thanks in large part to an active base of UNC students and graduates, Greeley is no exception.
Alumna's Gift Brings a Bit of Broadway to Spring Musical
February 11, 2019 — Musical Theater students are busy preparing to present the spring musical Beauty and The Beast March 1 - 2. Find out how a special gift from Dana Cohenour '81 and her husband Jason provided these students with an opportunity to learn from one of Broadway's best in the process.
Erin Hanke Brings Energy, Inclusivity to Campus Common’s Performance Hall
January 31, 2019 — The new, 600-seat performance hall in UNC’s Campus Commons building is planning to host exciting, affordable and diverse performances for the campus and surrounding communities.That’s the goal of the hall’s new Managing Director, Erin Hanke, D.M.A.
Photographing World War II Japanese-American Camps
June 4, 2018 — John Tonai '90 discusses the Granada Relocation Camp, also known as Amache, where thousands of Japanese-Americans were incarcerated from 1942-45, including members of his family.
Public Health Meets Public Art
July 14, 2017 — Colorado School of Public Health alumna Rachel Freeman, MPH ’14, is making her mark in public health. She is part of a team, which includes alumni artist Armando Silva BA '10, has recently transformed the exterior wall of a vacant building in northern Colorado into a colorful statement of health advocacy.