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SCPA Tours

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SCPA Tour Schedule 2016-2017

Explore the SCPA spaces and facilities on a guided tour, and learn more about the dance, drama, and music programs. View the tour schedule and reserve your spot by completing the online SCPA Tour Registration Form.

Please note that these tours offer SCPA specific information. For general University of Calgary information please book the UCalgary Campus Tour.

Request a Group Tour

If you are interested in bringing a group and the available tour times do not work for you, the SCPA can offer tours upon request pending available staff and venues. Please email your Group Tour Request and include your preferred date(s), time(s), program(s) and anticipated number of participants.

Observe a Class

Enter the classroom and see the SCPA faculty and students in action! Whether you are interested in a studio technique course (acting, dance, music ensemble) or a seminar course (history, analysis, writing), the SCPA instructors would like to invite prospective students to attend one of their classes. Visit the SCPA Courses site to read more about the curriculum, including course outlines, instructors, and classes offered each term. To learn more about the different courses available for you to view or to discuss what course might be of interest for you to observe, please email your Observe a Class Request and include your preferred program(s), course(s), and availability.

Attend a Free Workshop

Join UCalgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts for the Forms of Sound Festival: four nights of local and international performances & premières at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. The following daytime workshops are FREE and open to all:

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
10:30 - 11:50 a.m. in CHE 215
Workshop: Composer Anna Pidgorna presenting her music and ideas 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. in CHF 202
Workshop: Composer Analia Llugdar presenting her music and ideas

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
10:30 - 11:50 a.m. at CHE 215
Workshop: Stefan Streich  presentation in Composition class

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Doolittle Studio (CH F206)
Workshop: 
ensemble mosaik reading sessions of short passages by UCalgary composition students.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Doolittle Studio (CH F206) & other locations tbd
Workshop: ensemble mosaik performance masterclasses

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. at Eckhardt–Gramatté Hall
Workshop: ensemble mosaik presentation of concert repertoire and approach to interpretation. 

Acclaimed American jazz guitarist and composer Joe Morris, Killam Visiting Scholar, will be hosting drop-in classes that are FREE and open to all: 

Improvisation sessions from 10:00 AM - 12:00 p.m. in Craigie Hall F007 (basement) every Wednesday between January 18 and April 5, 2017. 

The Properties of Free Music from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Craigie Hall F007 (basement) on the following dates: Jan. 16, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar. 10, Mar. 17, Mar. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 7. >More

Attend a Free Performance

Recital Hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Check the MUS Facebook page to confirm dates.

UCalgary Annual Open House

The University of Calgary invites prospective students and their families to campus during the annual Open House for a chance to meet faculty members, current students, and staff from more than 70 departments, faculties, and student services. Find more information and register for the event on the Open House website.
The School of Creative and Performing Arts will be offering tours of SCPA performance and classroom spaces at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. SCPA Faculty members and current students will be available throughout the day to answer your questions.

Annual Teachers' Conference

Join us for the fifth annual Elementary and Secondary Teachers’ Conference for Dance, Drama, and Music teachers on May 19, 2017 (district wide non-instruction day). You can choose to participate exclusively in dance, drama, music or a combination of sessions from all disciplines. More information will be available in the New Year!

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Want to know what kind of student experience the SCPA offers? Read what our current students are saying:

I am most inspired by the many faculty members and guest teachers who come from all around the globe to teach dance here at the University of Calgary. Learning from many different professionals gave me the chance to experience contemporary dance from a wide range of perspectives. It has allowed me to appreciate the art form in ways I would have otherwise never imagined. Julia Mitchell, BFA Dance (Year 4)

Being a part of the Dance Division at the University of Calgary is unlike any dance experience I have ever known. This degree will open your eyes up to what dance is and can be. In just two years here my whole perspective on dance has been completely revolutionized. I no longer identify as just a dancer, but now an artist as well. Furthermore, immersing myself in this community of talented dance students and professionals has opened me up to a network of incredible influences and resources. I am so grateful for the connections I have made in my time here, and I know they will benefit me in my future as a dance professional. Going into my third year I look forward to being the first year of students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program and seeing where that will take me. Maggie Myles, BFA Dance (Year 3)

One thing that I find fantastic is that my professors are all very real people, people with whom I am invited to participate in life with, including valuable out of class experience, being engaged in the artistic community, and also just remembering to enjoy the work that we do as we learn. More than just the technical skills I will take from my degree are the relationships and connections that are invaluable. Adam Kostiuk, BFA Drama (Year 3)

Being an SCPA student has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life. As a student, it forces you to think outside the box of what it means to be a "performer", and allows for merging of ideas, talents, and energies. I can't wait to see what this year is going to look like for musicians, dancers, and actors here at the University of Calgary. Kathleen Ahenda, BMus (Year 3)

Check back here often to learn about upcoming events where you can speak with current students and faculty members about our student experience, such as backstage tours, artist talk-back sessions, and more! 



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The School of Creative and Performing Arts has an active season of events that will expose you to stellar national and international artists, you will have an opportunity to engage in exciting new initiatives within the community like the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Internship and the Professional Theatre Internship, and you will be provided with endless platforms to develop your skills both on and off the stage--including Dance Mainstage, Drama Mainstage performances, and Music Ensemble concerts--as well as inside and outside the classroom.
All UCalgary students can attend SPCA performances for free! > More

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Across our three divisions audiences can engage with tradition and experimentation, virtuosity and rebellion, as our students and faculty animate the classical and champion the emerging.

Division of Dance

DanceButtonDance at the School of Creative and Performing Arts combines rigour with experimentation, discipline with creativity, and reflection with passion

O
ur graduates demonstrate a deep engagement with all aspects of the performance experience, act as informed advocates for the arts as engaged citizens of their communities, and navigate and flourish in a range of professional and educational careers. 

To apply for admission to a Dance program, please complete an
Admission Application and a Dance Entrance Audition Application.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

You want an intensive, rigorous, in-depth study of the art form with a focus on studio training. >More

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

You want to combine your passion for dance with an interest in related fields, and potentially pursue a double major or a minor. >More

Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)

You want to investigate the interdisciplinary relationship between science and the arts. >More


Division of Drama

DramaButtonAt the heart of the theatre experience exists the thrill of exploration. Drama at the School of Creative and Performing Arts offer an exciting blend of intellectual rigor and professional experience that provides students with a profound interdisciplinary experience.

Our graduates become the theatre artists of tomorrow, and the technicians, educators and researchers of the future.

To apply for admission to a Drama program, please complete an
Admission Application.

For information on graduate-level programs, please visit the SCPA Drama Graduate website.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

You want to immerse yourself in intense studies and be provided the tools needed to decode connections between theory and practice, history and contemporary culture, play and performance. >More

Bachelor of Fine Art (Drama)/Bachelor of Education

You want to investigate the relationship between drama and education, and to fast-track your training in a five-year degree program that will prepare you for teaching drama at the primary or secondary level. >More

Division of Music

MusicButtonMusic at the School of Creative and Performing Arts offer extraordinary opportunities for learning about music through performance, research and creative activity. The world-class acoustics of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Recital Hall and a focus on the growing realm of digital media offer students and faculty exciting opportunities to hear, create and perform music.

Our graduates become leading performers, composers, arrangers, educators and researchers.

To apply for admission to a Music program, please complete an
Admission Application.

If you are applying for a BMus program, please also complete a
Music Entrance Audition Application.

For information on graduate-level programs, please visit the SCPA Music Graduate website.

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

You want to enter a professional career in music, and wish to specialize your training as a Major in Performance, Composition, or Integrated Studies. >More

Bachelor of Arts (Music)

You want to combine your passion for music with an interest in related fields, and potentially pursue a double major or a minor. >More

Music and Education Concurrent Programs

You want to investigate the relationship between music and education, and to fast-track your training in a five-year degree program that will prepare you for teaching music at the primary level (BA Music/B Education) or the secondary level (BMus/B Education). >More