School of Fine & Performing Arts - Shorter University
Reams Clarinet Lesson

The School of Fine and Performing Arts

is one of the finest arts schools in the Southeast. Our programs have helped create successful and internationally recognized musicians, actors, and artists. Our art, music, and theatre departments enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio, offering students a conservatory-style education rooted in the liberal arts. Performance opportunities abound, beginning as early as the freshman year.

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$40,887.67 (64.9%) of $63,000


Shorter University has a distinguished history of training quality pianists as soloists, collaborative pianists, church musicians, and teachers. In order to continue this tradition, we have initiated the Piano Program Project.

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Cooper Fine Arts Building

Welcome to Shorter University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts! Students come to Shorter from all over the world to study music, theatre, dance, and art from a distinctly Christian perspective. Our world-class faculty are renowned performers and dedicated researchers in their respective fields, and our low student-to-faculty ratio allows us to focus on education at the individual level.

Whether your dream is teaching high school band or choir, performing on a Broadway stage, leading worship, opening your own dance studio, or working as an artist, we can help you achieve your goal. At Shorter, we care about our students and are committed to your education. We want to instill a love of learning in every student that you will carry out into the world with you as Shorter University alumni.

We invite you to campus to experience this passion for yourself! You can arrange a meeting with our admission counselors, shadow a current student for a day, or audition for one of our many scholarships or ensembles. Apply today by clicking on the links for the music or theatre application. We look forward to meeting you and helping you take your next step forward!

John Michael McCluskey, Ph.D.

Dr. John McCluskey

Dr. John Michael McCluskey
Interim Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts and Tenured Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Timothy Renner
Chair of Theatre and Musical Theatre, Director of Opera, and Associate Professor of Voice
Dr. Dustin Burgess
Associate Professor of Music Education
Mr. Drew Davidson
Associate Professor of Theatre
Ms. Sue Gaukel
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre
Ms. Faith Stevenson Im
Associate Professor of Theatre/Dance and Director of the Dance Program
Dr. Enoch Jacobus
Tenured Associate Professor of Music Theory
Dr. Yuman Lee
Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Bryan McDonald
Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Music and Worship Leadership
Ms. Amy Neal
Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Piano Class
Dr. John Reams
Provost and Professor of Music and Woodwinds
Ms. Kennedy Reid Roberts
Costume Designer and Shop Manager
Dr. Jerico Vasquez
Chair, Edith Lester Harbin Department of Music, Professor of Music, and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Dr. Ronda Benson Ford
Instructor of Flute
Ms. Heather Frost
Staff Accompanist
Margie Monde
Assistant Professor of Art
Mr. Ted Thomas
Technical Director for Theatre
Ms. Sandra Yeargan
Director of Preparatory Program
Dr. Lauren Denney Wright
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands