Fine and Performing Arts

Twyla Tharp and Ciara. Animé and Andy Warhol. Nathan Lane to Kristin Chenowith. Joshua Bell and Lang Lang. The study of the fine and performing arts is the study of world history and culture.

In our programs, you’ll be immersed in a diverse and innovative artistic environment committed to inspiring a lifelong pursuit of the arts as a profession, a vocation, or a source of delight and entertainment.

Art and Design

If you are interested in traditional artistic endeavors such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, or sculpture, our Art with Art Studio emphasis is for you. If your goal is to develop a career in visual or web design, immerse yourself in the Art with Graphic Design track.


In our dance courses, you will have the chance to develop a solid foundation in classical and contemporary dance technique, whether as a major, minor, or for your own personal pursuits. You will have the opportunity to perform and choreograph in theatre and musical theatre productions, faculty and guest artist dance performances, a biennial production of The Nutcracker, and the American College Dance Association’s annual festival.

If you wish to focus on ballet and pointe, we have the only program in the Midwest that allows you to take pointe technique and variations, advanced ballet technique, and to perform on pointe in classical or contemporary ballets every semester.


Music students learn and grow in an environment that stresses collaboration and cooperation over competition. At Saint Mary’s, we believe the pursuit of excellence in music, as in all things, is predominantly a process of individual discovery and measurement against one’s self. Excellence is achieved through cooperative effort, mutual support, and the experience of peer mentorship and leadership.

A popular option for music education students is to complete the bachelor’s degree with a major in either general music or music performance and then continue at Saint Mary’s in the Master of Arts in Instruction program; in a total of five years and one summer session, you could attain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and Minnesota teaching license.


As a theatre student, you will develop an understanding and appreciation of theatre arts through the Theatre major. including one of five distinct tracks: acting and directing, dance, design and technology, musical theatre, or theatre studies.

Each year, the department produces four theatre productions on the Winona Campus and one in London. These feature a range of periods, genre, and styles, as well as student-generated work. A variety of additional performances, as well as design and technical opportunities, exist for you, including the Second Page Improv Troupe, graduation projects, and student showcases.

Connect With Us

Susan Cosby Ronnenberg, Ph.D.

Dean of the College

Arts and Humanities

Saint Mary's Hall, SM 133B

Campus Box: # 20

(507) 457-6900

Susan Cosby Ronnenberg Ph.D.
Ned Kirk, D.M.A.


Fine and Performing Arts

Saint Yon's Hall, SY 154

Campus Box: # 1460

(507) 457-1513

Ned Kirk D.M.A.