2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 07, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine & Performing Arts - Johnson

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs by Department



Fine Arts
Sean Clute, Associate Professor
Kenneth Leslie, Professor, Department Chair
Mary Martin, Associate Professor
John Miller, Professor
Performing Arts
Isaac Eddy, Assistant Professor, Department Chair (Spring 2019)
Bethany Plissey, Assistant Professor, Department Chair (Fall 2018)
Justin Rito, Assistant Professor
Maris Wolff, Professor
Administrative Assistant:  Loretta “Lori” Biamonte


The Northern Vermont University-Johnson Department of Fine & Performing Arts offers a variety of programs taught by talented, accomplished professionals. Fine arts programs are headquartered in the Visual Arts Center (fully renovated in 2012); performing arts programs are housed in the Dibden Center for the Arts.

Fine arts students work in a variety of disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital media, ceramics and woodworking; art history courses provide a critical and historical perspective for assessing their work. Students in the B.F.A. programs must complete at least three semesters of studio work and present an exhibition and gallery talk during their final year of study.

Performing Arts students master their crafts under practicing professionals and have numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year in NVU-Johnson productions and ensembles. An audition is required for all students considering a major in music and/or musical theater; students must submit a recorded audition (or a link to an online recording of their work) with supporting materials in addition to the standard college application for admissions. (See northernvermont.edu/auditions-guidelines for details.) This process is specifically for music and musical theater majors and will not preclude a student from admission into NVU-Johnson.

In addition, all music, music education and musical theater majors must pass the keyboard proficiency exam specific to their major. The exam is held during the final weeks of each semester on the same day as end-of-semester juries, and students may sign up for the exam two weeks prior to that date. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Proficiencies, Juries & Praxis Exam Schedule

Students must complete  6 to 10 credits, depending on thier area of concentration, in one primary voice or instrument. This is the instrument utilized for juries and the senior recital.

First Year

Jury in spring only

Second Year

Jury in both fall and spring

Piano proficiency exam at end of spring semester as part of keyboard courses

Music education majors should take the Praxis exam as soon as they have finished the JSC math requirements (spring of year 2 is recommended)

Third Year

Jury in both fall and spring

Prior to Student Teaching (music education majors)

All course requirements, recitals, the pre-student teaching portfolio and the Praxis Core exam must be completed. In addition, students must have a total GPA of a 3.00 or higher or have received certification of academic competence from the Provost.


Majors & Concentrations


The Northern Vermont University-Johnson Department of Fine & Performing Arts offers courses with the following designators: ARH (art history), ART (studio arts and art education), DAN (dance), MUS (music), and THA (theater arts). See full Course Descriptions . The department also offers a Master of Fine Arts Program in Studio Arts; refer to the NVU Graduate Catalog for more information.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs by Department