JU students have opportunities to plan, promote and attend activities through Dolphin Productions, the student events programming board. Dolphin Productions offers a variety of concerts, comedians, lectures, films, and other special events, including the annual Homecoming.
World-class artists headline the annual series of concerts given in Terry Concert Hall. Past performances have included the Amabile Piano Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, Grant Johannesen, and the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.
FINE ARTS SERIES
The Fine Arts Series consists of music, drama, dance events, art lectures, and exhibitions. Admission to these performances is free to students who may obtain tickets upon presentation of their Dolphin Cards. An active art exhibit program presents shows by visiting artists.
Enrollment is by audition only.
The Concert Choir is open to all interested students. Participation in the Chamber Singers and the Dolphinaires show choir is by audition only. The Chamber Singers ensemble performs frequently around Jacksonville, the southeastern United States, and abroad. The Dolphinaires show choir combines song and dance in a popular idiom. This entertaining group is in great demand locally. The Music Theatre Workshop performs scenes from operas and musicals or short operas and also participates in major opera and musical productions produced by the College of Fine Arts.
Participation in the JU Community Orchestra is open by audition to qualified instrumentalists. The orchestra is a significant Jacksonville cultural asset. The Concert Band provides performance opportunities for interested and qualified wind and percussion players. The group is dedicated to the performance of the finest works from the traditional and contemporary wind repertoire. The Jazz Ensemble is a select group that performs a variety of standard and contemporary jazz selections. Other performance opportunities include chamber music, percussion ensemble, jazz combo, and guitar ensemble.
Academic credit may be earned by participation in any of the performing groups.
Music opportunities are coordinated by the Department of Music of the College of Fine Arts.
FACULTY RECITAL SERIES
The Department of Music features its faculty artists in an annual series that includes a variety of exciting chamber music and recital works.
The JU Dance Theatre is the performance group for ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Interested students are requested to audition for participation through the Department of Dance.
DRAMA AND THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS
All JU students are invited to participate in College of Fine Arts theatre activities. Open auditions are conducted several times each year for productions of full-length and one-act plays in Swisher Auditorium. Students are also invited to volunteer for backstage participation.
COMMUNITY CULTURAL EVENTS
Leading concert artists, professional Broadway plays, musicals, rock concerts, and ballets come to the Jacksonville Veterans Auditorium and Florida Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts each year. Various other events feature lectures and presentations in politics, public affairs, sciences, and the arts. Reading and discussion series, forums, and art exhibits are also scheduled.