The performing arts at Ithaca College will take center stage as two of its most renowned programs formally join together on July 1, 2022, with the establishment of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The current School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts—presently located within the School of Humanities and Sciences—will comprise a Division of Music and a Division of Theatre and Dance within the new school. Bringing these two together, both of which are consistently ranked among the best in the nation, will further strengthen the distinguished programs that exist within each.
This is the first new school at IC since the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance was created in 1988 from the School of Allied Health Professions and School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
“In bringing these programs together we highlight and celebrate the performing arts at Ithaca College,” said Melanie Stein, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, who served as dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences from 2019-21. “This new school will serve current and future students by allowing for more cross-disciplinary training and exposure, better preparing them for real-world multidisciplinary artistic careers in the 21st century.”
She points to the history of the institution as being ready from its earliest days to establish connections between the performing arts.
“Ithaca College began in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. But it was just a short five years later that the affiliated Williams’s School of Expression and Dramatic Art brought a new mode of educating, engaging, and empowering our students through theory, practice, and performance,” Stein noted.