Fine and Performing Arts

Fine and Performing Arts Mission:

The Alvernia University Fine and Performing Arts Department offers many courses, all of which satisfy the Fine Arts or Humanities core requirements for graduation. These courses encourage the creative and analytical skills and ideas necessary for developing individually and integrating contributions in a complex world. Some courses address specific majors, special majors or special interest areas, while many are general.


Francis Hall, the historical landmark of the university and home to Alvernia’s fine and performing arts programs received a face lift. The newly renovated Francis Hall Auditorium, a theatre and recital hall, provides a first-class venue for many Alvernia theatre performances. A permanent art gallery, the Miller Gallery, was added to the main entrance providing students with the opportunity to expand their appreciation for artistic expression. New musical classrooms and practice rooms have been added to accommodate the chorus and band. The multi-use facility with improved accessibility to accommodate the increased flow of students and the community is providing a hub for the fine and performing arts programs.

Contact Information

Carol Schwanger

Carol N. Schwanger
Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair

Francis Hall 301 B

Fine Arts

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