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Catawba's College Shuford School of Performing Arts boasts two excellent departments and multiple degree tracks in both music and theatre. All prospective students must apply for admission to the College through the Office of Admission prior to being considered for the School of Performing Arts programs. Students may apply on Common App or on our website at We operate on rolling admissions with a priority deadline for maximum scholarship consideration of Nov. 1, 2020. For more information on Catawba or to schedule a campus tour, please visit our website. 


We offer five degree tracks including: 

BA in Theatre Arts 

BS in Theatre Arts Administration 

BFA in Theatre Arts in Performance

BFA in Theatre Arts in Design and Production 

BFA in Musical Theatre 

Admission to the B.F.A. programs is by permission of the Department only. Students wishing to be part of our BA in Theatre Arts are not required to audition for the program. However, all students seeking pre-approval for one of our BFA tracks or wishing to qualify for a Theatre Arts scholarship are required to use Acceptd to submit pre-screening digital materials and request an on-campus interview during one of our Masterclass Saturdays. For more information about this process, please see our Auditions page here. To learn more about our Theatre scholarship opportunities, visit our website.

Catawba Theatre Arts delivers depth through intensive, hands-on theatrical training without sacrificing the breadth that comes with a strong liberal arts foundation. Through this hallmark combination, we help to cultivate the growth of well-rounded artist/scholars who are accomplished leaders and theatre-makers, who value creativity and collaboration as a way of understanding and connecting with the world. Our adept faculty serve as mentors and guides in this process, often working one-on-one with students, like you, to help them become well-rounded, ethical, curious, flexible thinkers, and creators. We are certain that the best artistic work comes from collaboration, self-improvement, challenges, freedom, exploration, and inquisitiveness; and so we ask students to come along with us and become co-creators in their own educational and professional journeys. 


We offer six degree tracks including:

BA in Music Business

BA in Music Education

BA in Music Performance

BA in Popular Music

BA in Sacred Music

BA in Worship Arts

Students must audition for all Music programs. Students majoring or minoring or participating in an ensemble may be eligible for a music scholarship, based upon their audition. Students must submit audition materials through our website here. (We do not take Music audition materials through Acceptd.)

Named by In Tune Monthly as one of the Best Music Schools, Catawba College’s Bachelor of Music degree programs have evolved in response to new modes of music consumption and prepare students to excel in the musically inclusive world of the 21st century. 
Undergraduates in Catawba’s Music Department are given the tools and opportunities to pursue their music. We prepare them to excel and gain fulfilling employment in careers as popular musicians, innovative music educators, specialists in sacred music, engaged worship artists, compelling musical performers, and savvy music business leaders. Catawba College is currently ranked #2 among the Top Colleges for Music Majors in North Carolina by Zippia. In small classes with inspiring and supportive faculty, Catawba College Music majors transform and develop their own artistic vision as they embrace our commitment to liberal studies

For a more detailed overview of the Shuford School of Performing Arts and our programs, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Caitie Connor, Admissions Counselor for the Shuford School of Performing Arts at

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