Performing organizations in the Department of Music are open for the participation of all interested and qualified students.

Instrumental organizations include the Fairmont State Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and University-Community Symphony Orchestra. Other ensembles include Woodwind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, African Drum Ensemble, and Piano Ensemble and are organized on demand under faculty supervision.

Vocal ensembles include Collegiate Singers and the Chamber Choir. Additional ensembles are organized on occasion under faculty supervision.

All musical ensembles present concerts on and off campus during the school year. Students may receive up to 3 credit hours in the General Studies curriculum by performing in Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Collegiate Singers, or Orchestra. Interested students should contact the Department of Music, in the School of Fine Arts, for additional information. Fairmont State University Fine Arts Department offers an active theatre program for the benefit of performers, technicians and theatergoers.

The Masquers, the official student theatrical organization since 1923, presents annually a season of plays, varied in style and period, usually in Wallman Hall during the fall and spring semesters. The plays are directed by the Communication and Theatre Arts faculty, and designed by faculty or students under faculty supervision. Acting roles and positions on the production crews are open to the student body on a voluntary or course-credit basis. Performances are open to the public. Membership in Masquers is open to the student body and is earned through participation with the theatrical productions.

Since 1960, the Masquers’ Town & Gown Players has also presented a season during the summer months. Students enrolled in summer theatre courses work along with the members of the Resident Company (selected students receiving a grant for full-time acting and technical work) and members of the community. The Players bring a season of light theatre fare (comedies, musicals, children’s plays) to Northern West Virginia theatergoers and provide a cultural, recreational, and educational outlet for all participants. The plays are directed, designed, and supervised by the professionally trained members of the Communication and Theatre Arts faculty and/or guest artists. Acting roles and positions on production crews are open to the public as well as to the students, faculty, and staff on a volunteer or course-credit basis.

The Studio Theatre presents student-directed and faculty-directed presentations in a studio/experimental setting in Room 314 Wallman Hall. Acting roles and positions on production crews are open to the student body. Students who have demonstrated scholastic and production excellence are offered membership in the Alpha cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Dramatic Honorary.

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