Arts programs at Emory bring students, faculty, staff, world-renowned guest artists, and audiences together in a spirit of collaboration and discovery. Whether you choose a course of study in the arts at Emory or choose to attend music, theater, or dance performances, an art exhibition, poetry readings, or film screenings, your imagination will be stirred.
Arts at Emory hosts over 300 events in the performing, visual, and literary arts each year, with internationally acclaimed musicians, numerous student ensembles, a professional theater company, prize-winning poets, novelists, playwrights and much more. Explore the arts and find the complete event calendar at arts.emory.edu.
The Emory Dance Program interfaces with the Atlanta community by providing free programming including the Women’s History Month Performance Series, the Friends of Dance Lecture Series, Dance for Reel, and the Atlanta Contact Improvisation group. This year the Opening the Space series brought more than three hundred community members into the Schwartz dance studio for classes and an artist talk.
Dance at Emory is prolific, reflecting the cultural diversity of this campus. Students perform, create, collaborate, play, and practice together to express, through the body, their culture and identity. Performing affects the cohesiveness of a group and it sparks individual and group creativity. There are more than fifteen student-led dance groups that are one of a kind. They perform hip-hop, breakdancing, Capoeira, Salsa, Tap, Bhangra, classical Indian, Bollywood, and Stepping. Many groups invent fusion dance styles. They compete, and perform on and off campus.
- Azaadi is a South Asian male dance team.
- ACES (The Association of Caribbean Educators and Students) Dance spreads awareness about Caribbean cultures.
- A.H.A.N.A. Dance (African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and all other artists collective) features student choreography in a variety of styles. Choreographer and dancer auditions are held at the beginning of each semester, and performances are at the end of each semester in the Performing Arts Studio.
BAM (Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men) and Ngambika (meaning “carry the load”) are both community service organizations who are known for their tremendous skill of stepping. BAM is all freshman males and Ngambika is all freshman women.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art from that incorporates elements of martial arts, dance, and music.
E-Motion, the official dance team of the Emory Eagles.
Karma dances a folkloric style from the Punjabi Diaspora called Bhangra. They are Emory’s premiere co-ed bhangra team.
SaRaas is the first and only Garba/Raas dance team combining traditional Gujarati music, costumes, props, and dance moves with a modern touch.
Savera is a classical fusion dance team combining the dance styles of Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Bharatanatyam.
Salsa Club focuses on casino/cuban technique.
Sitara is an all-female South Asian dance team at Emory University founded in 2000. They combine Indian and Western forms, including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Bhartha Natyam, Kathak, Bhangra, and Garba. Sitara holds auditions at the beginning of each academic year for new members.
Skeleton Crew is an innovative breakdancing club.
PersuAsion is an all female dance crew that incorporates various types of hip-hop styles. Originally founded in 2008 as a small Asian dance team, the team fuses traditional East Asian dance-forms with modern hip-hop dance styles.
Tap That is Emory's only tap club founded three years ago. They reach out to those who have tapped for years and those who just want to learn for fun! Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Dance Department's studio in the Rich Building.
TrickaNomeTry (TNT) originated in the fall of 2009. TNT is an all male hip-hop dance crew led by Julio Medina. The group’s explosive style focuses on choreography, visuals, and tricks (stunts). Members of the group teach open classes every Saturday at 5:30pm in WPEC, aerobics room. New members are recruited every year. http://www.youtube.com/trickanometryTV
Zeebah means "beautiful" in Farsi, which is the language of Iran. This all female dance group performs a wide range of dances from Iran and the surrounding areas. The group was founded in order to share the unique style, culture, and flair of traditional Persian dance.
Zuri is a dynamic African Dance team.
The Film Studies Department hosts the Cinematheque Film Series, a weekly 35mm film series on Wednesday nights, as well as a number of special screenings and guest speakers throughout the academic year.
Campus MovieFest, the world's largest student film festival, was started by four Emory students in 2000. Students have exactly one week to create a short film that will be judged against those created by their peers. Each team is given equipment, including video cameras and editing software, to use during production of its film. Every year, hundreds of Emory students participate in the competition. At an on-campus red-carpet screening, judges present their favorite films and announce the winners of various categories, including Best Drama and Best Comedy, as well as which films will move on to the regional competition.
The Film and Media Studies curriculum at Emory offers a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate film study in a major urban center of more than five million people. Visit filmstudies.emory.edu for details.
Music offerings at Emory include courses in music and culture, theory and composition, music history and literature, as well as a variety of instrumental, choral, and world music ensembles that are open to all students, faculty, and staff of Emory College and the graduate and professional schools of the University. Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic year and students are encouraged to participate on a credit basis. Music ensembles perform in the Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall located in the newly opened 90,000-square-foot Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and in the Performing Arts Studio located in the Burlington Road Building.
Private lessons are offered in all media, including piano, organ, voice, strings, winds, percussion, composition, sitar, erhu, guzheng, and other world music instruments. Private lesson fees are assessed to music majors. Non-majors may take lessons for credit or no credit; additional fees apply. Many of the artist affiliates on the Emory faculty are members of:
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
- Atlanta Opera Orchestra
- Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and other professional groups in the metropolitan area
Local, national, and international artists visit the campus regularly for concerts, master classes, and symposia, providing a wealth of concert opportunities at which students hear a wide variety of professional performances. Past performers include:
- Yefim Bronfman
- Gil Shaham
- Frederica von Stade
- Dave Brubeck
- Wynton Marsalis
- Branford Marsalis
Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Department of Music for audition and enrollment information.
Numbering between one and two hundred singers, the Emory University Chorus is devoted to the performance of important works of the choral repertoire. Recent performances have included:
- the requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, and Brahms
- the Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein
- Duke Ellington’s Sacred Service
- Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
Membership is open to students from all University disciplines as well as Emory faculty and staff. No audition required.
Emory Concert Choir
Emory’s select mixed vocal chamber ensemble performs both a cappella and accompanied works from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Recent performances have included:
- J. S. Bach’s Magnificat
- St. John Passion
- the Byrd Mass for Five Voices
- the Poulenc Gloria
The Concert Choir performs throughout the United States and often tours overseas. Along with the University Chorus, the Concert Choir performs each year in Emory’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a seventy year-old tradition that is a highlight of the Atlanta Christmas season.
Emory Symphony Orchestra
The Emory Symphony Orchestra presents dynamic and varied performances of repertoire embracing music from the Baroque to the twenty-first century, often combining forces with the Emory choirs to feature masterworks of the rich symphonic-choral tradition. Selected by audition, the orchestra draws its membership from all disciplines across campus. In addition to collaborations with faculty and distinguished guest artists, one concert each year features as guest soloist the winner of the music department’s Student Concerto Competition.
Emory Wind Ensemble
The Emory Wind Ensemble is a select group of instrumentalists performing high quality literature for winds and percussion. Programming represents a wide variety of wind band media, styles, and genres over several centuries of composition. The Wind Ensemble performs two concerts each semester on the Emory campus, regularly participates in premieres and the commissioning of new works, and recently released a compact disc recording, Diversions.
Emory Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos
The Jazz Ensemble is a standard seventeen-piece jazz band that offers a variety of performance opportunities on and off campus. Its repertoire includes early jazz, big band, swing, and contemporary jazz styles. The jazz combos are open to any instrumentation and are intended to teach varying styles of improvisation using standard tunes.
Various groups, including quartets, quintets, and septets of different instrumentation for which an audition is required.
Emory Tango Ensemble
An Argentine tango ensemble (strings, piano, woodwinds, guitar) meets on a weekly basis and presents an annual concert in collaboration with Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta. Audition required.
World Music Ensembles
Ensembles include North Indian classical music (sitar, harmonium, tabla), South Indian classical music (singer, violin, mridangam), Central Javanese gamelan, West Javanese gamelan, Korean percussion ensemble (pungmul and samul nori), Kayagum ensemble, and Tibetan Music pnsemble. No audition necessary.
Professional Artists in Residence
Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta brings together some of the finest musicians in Atlanta, who are dedicated to performing the most exciting music from the chamber repertoire. With a core membership of seven performers, the group represents a diverse repertoire, ranging from duos to large ensemble works with a variety of instrumentation. Additional performers, as demanded by the season’s repertoire, are drawn from Atlanta’s outstanding musicians. Visiting artists have included:
- cellist Yo-Yo Ma
- Eroica Trio
- Lark String Quartet
- violinist William Preucil
The Vega Quartet
As Emory’s Artists-in-Residence, the members of the Vega String Quartet offer performances on the Music at Emory concert series, programs in the ECMSA Family and Noontime series at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, “Performers Up Close” discussions for the Department of Music, and outreach to select Atlanta school children.
Students interested in theater have a wide range of opportunities at Emory. Courses in acting, directing, playwriting, theater administration, design, history, dramatic literature and criticism, and stagecraft are offered by the Department of Theater and Dance. Students may major or minor in Theater Studies. A BA in Playwriting is jointly offered by Theater Studies and Emory’s highly-ranked Creative Writing Program. Many students meet general education requirements through Theater Studies courses.
Theater Emory, the professional company in residence at Emory, provides undergraduates a unique opportunity to perform with professional actors and to work and train in design, research, direction and every aspect of production with experienced professionals. Our faculty consists of working artists who collaborate with students and professionals from Atlanta’s theater community.
Theater Emory is open to all Emory students, regardless of their major. Work study positions are available at Theater Emory and the Department of Theater and Dance. Other opportunities for experience are available through student-run organizations, including:
- Ad Hoc Productions, which produces musical theater
- Starving Artist Productions, which presents a range of plays and also produces films, events, and festivals.
- Rathskellar, an improvisational comedy troupe
- AHANA, which tackles issues of social import with a commitment to multicultural perspectives.
- Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theater Honor Society.
The city of Atlanta has a long-established theater community and many cutting-edge producers and arts collectives.
Questions about activities at Theater Emory can be addressed to 404.727.0524 or by visiting theater.emory.edu; the Department of Theater and Dance can be contacted at 404.727.6463, or visit the web at www.theateranddance.emory.edu.