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College of Fine and Performing Arts


School of Art and Design • School of Music • School of Stage and Screen

Western North Carolina is a region rich in the arts, and the newly named, David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) brings together the traditions and resources of the region with the talent of our students to serve as the heart of art and culture in WNC. The Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts combines training with performance, community engagement and business, along with entrepreneurship skills to prepare young musicians, actors, writers, film makers, directors, visual artists and designers for diverse careers in the art, film and performance industries.

Over the past years, CFPA has grown exponentially, with over 700 students across the college! Please visit the links below to learn more about what is going on in each of our units, including Bardo Arts Center and the Friends of the Arts. 

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School of Stage and Screen
@wcusas   Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat 
@stageandscreenwcu   Youtube

School of Art and Design
@wcuschoolofartanddesign   Facebook 
@wcusoad   Instagram 
@wcumfa   Instagram

School of Music
@wcusom   Facebook 
@prideofthemountains   Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

Bardo Arts Center
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@wcufineartmuseum   Facebook 

Friends of the Arts
@artsatwcu  Facebook

CFPA Alumni

@wcu-cfpa-alum  Instagram
#wcu-cfpa-alum    Instagram

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A new scholarship opportunity was announced: 
• The Kenneth Pace Scholarship was announced with his widow and family in attendance

We recognized three retired faculty members with emeritus status:
• Robert A. Holquist, retired music professor and director of choral activities. During his 23-year tenure, he maintained an active schedule as a conductor, bass-baritone soloist and educator, and directed regional choral clinics in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
• The late Alfred “Wig” Wiggins Sr., who died at age 80 in February 2017. A retired professor of Fine Arts, he founded WCU’s Black Theatre Ensemble, providing black students an opportunity to perform and share their history and culture. He was a 2001 recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence.
• Joan Byrd, who taught ceramics and retired in 2014 after a 46-year career in School of Art and Design. She and her husband, George Rector, operate Caledonia Pottery in nearby Speedwell.

We honored three "Young Alumni Award" recipients :
• Garrett Wilson, recipient of the School of Art and Design Young Alumni Award. A 2014 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, Wilson is a designer at Young Office commercial design firm in Asheville and is serving as director of the regional International Interior Designers Association for Western North Carolina. He lives in Burnsville.
• Nicholas Gattis, recipient of the School of Music Young Alumni Award. A 2010 graduate with a bachelor’s in music education, Gattis is a Charlotte middle school teacher and a National Geographic Teaching Fellow.
• Tyler MacKenzie, the School of Stage and Screen’s Young Alumni Award recipient, is best known for starring in the Broadway smash “Hamilton.” A 2013 graduate with a bachelor’s in musical theater, he now lives in Brooklyn.

• School of Art & Design is taking art on the road with Roadworks this year – learn more

• The Art in Embassies Program (AIEP) has commissioned the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University to create a permanent, site-specific work of art for the new U.S. Embassy complex in Niamey, Niger. The commissioned project is structured within a collaborative university course titled Public Practice and both undergraduate and graduate art students are working with faculty leadership to engage with the project in its entirety - learn more

• Pride of the Mountain asked to return to the Macy's Day Parade - learn more

• Choir also invited to sing at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York on Friday May 25 - learn more

• Choir invited to sing at Carnegie Hall on May 27 - learn more |  buy tickets here 
Dean George H. Brown will be in New York to attend these performances. If you are interested in meeting with him for an informal meet and greet, please click here – link to

• In Fall of 2017 we welcomed a new Director to the School of Music, Milton Laufer – learn more

• Alum Tyler MacKenzie will play the role of x in the upcoming national tour of Hamilton – learn more | buy tickets

• Alum Logan Marks will play the lead role in the upcoming national tour of Rent – more information coming soon

• Jayme McGhan, Director of Stage and Screen and playwright presents performances across the country – learn more

Featured highlight: 
In the Soundless Awe - Saltbox Theatre Collective, remount and touring to Indianapolis for the USS Indianapolis survivors reunion (July) July 19-22, 2018 Brian Fruits Concordia Univ of Chicago 708-268-0240 |

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