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The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary (U of C) is strong in all three areas of the performing arts, offering a wide variety of courses in the departments of music, drama and dance.

University of Calgary logoThe department of music at the U of C was established in 1963. There are four divisions of study including music education, theory and composition, history and literature and performance. The faculty is composed of professional and high caliber musicians including many from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside the classroom, the university offers various ensembles for students to increase their repertoire and enhance their performance skills. The Wind Ensemble enjoys a reputation as one of the finest in Canada and has produced seven commercial CDs. In addition to the Wind Ensemble, there is the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and the University Big Band, which is also open to the public.

The department of dance at the U of C has seven full-time instructors who specialize in many dance forms including, African, ballet, contemporary dance and choreography. The department hosts various performances throughout the year.

Through exploring the connection between theory and practice, play and performance, drama students at the U of C gain valuable knowledge and experience in the theatre arts. In addition to acting classes, the university's drama program offers courses in theatrical stage production, direction and design, sound, graphics, model building, Canadian theatre and stage management.

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