What Are Some Good Performing Arts Colleges?


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The Juilliard School in New York City, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia's University of the Arts are a few noteworthy performing arts schools in the United States. Some cover the entire span of performing arts, whereas others specialize in a particular branch, such as music.

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Dr. Frank Damrosch, the godson of the famous 19th century composer and pianist Franz Liszt, founded Juilliard (then the Institute of Musical Art) in 1905. The founder created the institute in part to enable American musicians to study at a quality school in North America without having to move to Europe. As of 2015, the school provides programs in dance, drama and music, with the largest offerings in music. Music concentrations include orchestral conducting, composition, historical performance, piano and organ.

Catholic University of America has the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and a Department of Drama, the former possessing undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs in music. Fields include orchestration, composition and performance on various instruments. The Department of Drama offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

The University of the Arts has undergraduate degrees in acting, composition, instrumental performance, musical theater and vocal performance. It also has graduate degrees in music education, jazz performance and theater.

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