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In the Fine and Performing Arts at Century College, students showcase their education and talents through regular musical performances, theatrical productions, and art gallery exhibits. These not only benefit the students’ education in the Fine and Performing Arts, but also benefits the College and the community, as performances and exhibits are open to the public.

In addition, Century College Fine and Performing Arts instructors are working artists who exhibit regularly both locally and abroad, and are leaders in the local arts community. We have deep partnerships with local arts organizations, including the White Bear Center for the Arts. Community engagement and partnership forms a core part of the student experience here at Century College.

Learn more about upcoming Fine and Performing Arts performances and exhibits below, and be sure to sign up to receive information about upcoming events.  

Art Discipline

Art

The Niche Gallery, located on West Campus, is an exciting hub of artistic expression, and we have the work of many artists present in the gallery space.

We highlight the work of current students as they pursue their degree in the Fine Arts. In addition, we also host gallery exhibits of the work of community artists.

Make sure to watch the Fine Arts schedule to see when the next exhibit will be in the Art Gallery. Throughout the year, the gallery is host to the work of many talented artists.  It is just one way in which Century College highlights the visual arts on campus.

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Music

Featuring a choir, chamber singers, chamber orchestra, concert band, theatre orchestra, and jazz ensemble, Century College fosters a vibrant music community. For information about Century College's Music program, view the program page.

Prospective students must consult with the music faculty before beginning the Associate in Fine Arts in Music program.

Century College Choir

The Century College Choir is a mixed chorus of 30-40 voices. They perform varied and ambitious programs drawn from the standard choral repertoire from the Renaissance through the present. They often collaborate with the Normandale Concert Choir and with the Century Orchestra to present larger works.

Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:10-2pm in the Choir Room (W2040).

Century College Choir is open to all students and is non-auditioned. Students must register for MUSC1000 to receive credit for singing in the Choir. For more information, contact the Director, Jocelyn Kalajian, at 651-779-3212.

Century College Chamber Singers

The Century College Chamber Singers is a select group of 12-16 singers who learn and perform more advanced literature.

Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday from 2:15-3:05pm in the Choir Room (W2040).

Century College Chamber Singers are selected by audition and must also sing concurrently in the Choir. Students would need to register for MUSC1005. For more information, contact the Director, Jocelyn Kalajian, at 651-779-3212.

Century Chamber Orchestra

The Century Chamber Orchestra rehearses and performs a wide variety of orchestral music in a series of concerts during the academic year. The primary objective is to develop the musicians' playing ability and their understanding of orchestral techniquie and literature. 

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 - 9:30pm, in the band room (W2045). The orchestra gives three concerts during the academic year on Saturday afternoons, typically in November, March and May. 

Century Chamber Orchestra is open to Century students and community musicians with previous performing experience. An audition and interview with the conductor is required. For more information, contact Elliot Wilcox at 651-779-3214.

Century Concert Band

The Century College Community Concert Band is a 50-member ensemble made up of Century students, community members, and alumni, representing a wide range of interests and professional careers.

Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9:15 pm. The band presents concerts quarterly at Century College.

The Concert Band provides performance opportunities for musicians who enjoy playing wind and percussion instruments. The band performs music covering a broad spectrum of literature from the Baroque through Contemporary periods.

Prospective members are welcome to sit in at a rehearsal to see the level of musicianship expected.

Theatre Orchestra

The Theatre Orchestra is an ensemble that serves as the pit orchestra for musical theatre productions at Century. Musical productions occur every other spring semester.

Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings, 7-8:50pm, in the Band Room (W2045) beginning generally in February. Extra rehearsals during tech week would also be required. Performances typically occur on weekends in late April-early May.

Theatre Orchestra is open to Century students and community musicians with previous performing experience. An audition is required. For more information, contact Shirley Mier at 651-779-3213.

Jazz Ensemble

Created in 1981 by John Zdechlik, the Century College Jazz Ensemble is an outlet for talented musicians with an interest and ability in big band jazz performance. Over the past 30 years, band members have changed (although there are still original members left in the ensemble!) Dr. Zdechlik retired from Century College in 1997, and Larry Neumann took over the directing duties after having played in the band for 10 years.

In addition to regular college concerts and jazz festivals, the group performs at various venues throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul and greater Minnesota. Notable past performances include:

  • KARE 11 television
  • KBEM Jazz Radio
  • MENC Music Conventions
  • National Music Educators Conference
  • Ordway Music Theater
  • Foundation fundraiser

At the annual Jazz Festival, the band teams up with the Century College Foundation to raise money for student scholarships. Past featured artists include:

  • Wayne Bergeron
  • Nick Brignola
  • Conte Candoli
  • Pete Christlieb
  • John Fedchock
  • Bobby Shew
  • Don Menza
  • Vaughn Nark
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Tom Harrell
  • Clark Terry
  • Andy Martin
  • Bruce Paulson
  • Bud Shank
  • Gary Smulyan
  • Bill Watros
  • Ernie Watts
  • Steve Wiest

Sponsored by the US-China Cultural and Education Foundation, the ensemble was invited for a two-week musical tour of China in June 2006. The group brought big band jazz to numerous venues, including concert halls, outdoor pavilions, schools, and clubs. The largest audience included 30,000 people.

In 1990, the United States Information Agency selected the band to tour as musical goodwill ambassadors to South America. Their 18-day tour included concerts in Paraguay and Uruguay.

The group has recorded on three different occasions, starting with the release of "Lullaby of the Leaves", which featured much of the South American tour. "Together Again" and "Swing House" are compilations of past concerts and band favorites, featuring a wide variety of composers and styles.

Call 651-747-4033 for copies of the band's CDs.

Popular Styles Ensemble

The Popular Styles Ensemble rehearses and performs music in a variety of popular styles, such as rock, pop, blues, jazz, and more. Students explore popular music styles through rehearsal and performance of representative repertoire, and develop skills in improvisation, arranging, and group leadership. The ensemble is open to students with prior experience singing and/or playing an instrument. An audition is required. For more information, contact Shirley Mier at 651-779-3213.

Theatre department

Theatre

Century College's Theatre program is a revitalized performance and technical theatre training area of study which provides our students, as well as participating members from the broad area communities, with the opportunity to enhance individual talents and crafts in the theatrical arena. For tickets, contact the Box Office at 651-748-2623.

Our Theatre program offers an Associate in Arts in Fine Arts currently, with a Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre degree coming soon. Over the course of the year, the Theatre program produces three to four plays and musical productions for the public. Along with its high quality, insightful, and entertaining productions, the program courses offer an invigorating study of the arts.