School of Fine & Performing Arts - Shorter University

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

Greetings from Shorter University and the School of Fine and Performing Arts! Nestled high on a hill in Rome, Georgia, our campus is private and picturesque.  Students travel here from all over the world to study music, art, theatre, and dance.  Shorter students study with professors, not graduate assistants.  Our professors hold terminal degrees from prestigious universities and are eager to share that knowledge and experience with all of our students. We have a low student-to-faculty ratio allowing us the freedom to focus on each individual.

Whether your plans include teaching high school band or choir, singing at the Metropolitan Opera, or running a private piano studio, we can help you achieve your goal.   At Shorter, we care about our students and are committed from the practice room to the final performance.  Our alums are successfully teaching, performing, and leading in their respective communities.

We invite you to campus to experience the excitement for yourself!  You can arrange a meeting with 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 in your chosen career!

All my best,
Tara Warfield, D.M.A.

Dr. Tara Warfield

Dr. Tara Warfield
Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, Professor of Music, and Director of Vocal Studies
Dr. John Michael McCluskey
Chair of the Music Department and Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Timothy Renner
Chair of Theatre and Musical Theatre, Director of Opera, and Assistant Professor of Voice
Dr. Dustin Burgess
Associate Professor of Music Education
Mr. Drew Davidson
Assistant 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
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
Dr. Jerico Vasquez
Professor of Music, Artist in Residence, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Dr. Duane Warfield
Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Dr. Ronda Benson Ford
Instructor of Flute
Ms. Heather Frost
Staff Accompanist
Ms. April Moore
Costume Designer and Shop Manager
Mr. Ted Thomas
Technical Director for Theatre
Ms. Sandra Yeargan
Director of Preparatory Program