Music & Theatre

Do you have a passion for music or theatre? Northwestern is accredited by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the principal United States accreditor for higher education in music. Music and Theater students receive awards and scholarships, participate in local and regional competitions, and tour nationally and internationally. UNW Theater is regularly recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

About the Department

The Department of Music & Theatre teaches, mentors, and equips students to think, perform, worship, and lead with creativity and conviction, to the glory of God. We offer undergraduate degrees to equip graduates for careers related to music or theatre, as well as academic minors, participation opportunities for students of all majors, and the Academy of Music community music school. We are committed to excellence in classical music and theatre preparation while also embracing newer repertoire. Each year we welcome thousands of community members to our concerts, plays, musical theatre productions, dance performances, and recitals.


Explore our majors, the faculty who will mentor you and ensembles that will become like family. Get those important dates for auditions and scholarships on your calendar.

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We believe theatre is another venue in which to honor God. Find out more about our program, degrees, faculty, scholarships, and productions.

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Interested in pursuing a music major?

The online Music Audition Application is required for new students who plan to major in music and also serves as the application for music scholarship consideration for all students.

Music Application and Scholarships

Interested in pursuing a theatre major?

Scholarships for incoming Theatre Majors and Minors are awarded through a scholarship audition process. Find out more about dates and audition preparation requirements.

Theatre Scholarships