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Fine Arts AQDays

Fine Arts AQDay - Friday, March 20, 2015 (On-Site Registration Available)


Fine Arts AQDays are for high school students interested in theatre, music, art and creative writing.


Entertaining! Exciting! Fun! All words to describe AQ's annual exploration in the arts. Play your instrument, sing, act, draw, paint, write, sculpt - it's here for you as you attend two interactive sessions (14 entertaining breakout sessions offered), featuring Aquinas professors. The day includes a tour of our beautiful 117-acre campus and a complimentary lunch.

Photo Gallery: See pictures from past Fine Arts AQDays
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Sessions Include:

  • Theatre Audition Seminar - Looking to get a critique on your cold read auditioning techniques? Program Director Randy Wyatt is also directing this summer through our collaborative partner Circle Theatre. Get a leg up on the competition.
  • Poetry - First time and experienced poetry lovers will enjoy this session with an opportunity to hone your skills with one of our accomplished creative writing professors.
  • Instrumental Jazz Improv - (Bring your own instrument) - Whatever your instrument of choice may be, bring it along to improvise and jam with our renowned jazz professor Paul Brewer.
  • Choral Workshop - If singing is your passion you will love this interactive session.
  • How to Succeed in Music Theory - A session to give you a taste of the 'meat and potatoes course' in the college music major.  Learn some of the tricks to help you understand Music Theory, as well as some of the tools to help speed your learning.
  • I'm a Singer. Hear me Whine, Trill and Roar - Studying voice in college can be even more fun and mind opening than you imagined.  Get an introduction to some holistic techniques for developing your singing body. 
  • Gesture Drawing - Learn some great drawing skills from Chris LaPorte, ArtPrize 2010 winner.
  • Printmaking - Discover cool techniques in this interesting media, including etching and lithography.
  • Sculpture - If sculpting is your thing, you will love this session. Different types of sculpting will be offered. Prepare to get your hands dirty!
  • Short Fiction - The skill of prose writing is discussed and honed in this session. Learn a thing or two from our published professors.
  • Photograms - Learn some clever methods using modern and classical photography.
  • What You Can Do With a Music Major - Gain insight into what AQ grads are doing with their music major.
  • Writing at AQ - AQ graduates are doing exciting things with their writing skills gained at AQ. What could you do?
  • Theatre Majors in the Real World - Understand the many different opportunities that await you when you graduate with a theatre major.

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Student Responses from previous Fine Arts AQDay Programs:
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"Just keep doing what you’re doing, because this formula is really helpful and encouraging to me as a student, artist, and musician."


"The acting workshop was amazing! It was so much fun and entertaining."


"It was very nice to be able to open up and be myself around people who were doing the same. It was educational and fun."


"My favorite part of the day was playing guitar, drawing, and always being encouraged. I love when teachers want to work with students."


"The Short Fiction session was very helpful. It kept your attention while giving an overall theme of how to better one’s writing."


"The day was so much fun and showed me the advantages of a small college."


"I am happy to have attended this AQDay because it has made me feel more comfortable and secure in choosing to major in theatre."

Did you know…
Schedule of Events:
Time Scheduled Event
8:30 to 9 a.m. Registration (Wege Ballroom)

9 to 9:15 a.m.

Admissions Overview

9:15 to 9:25 a.m. Opening Act: Performance by Theresa Valente: "If I Were a Bell" from Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser
9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Break out session I:
Music - Arts & Music Center
Art - Arts & Music Center
Theatre - Theatre Annex
Creative Writing - Academic Building
Tour (Leave from Wege)
10:30 to 11:20 p.m.

Break out session II:
Music - Arts & Music Center
Art - Arts & Music Center
Theatre - Theatre Annex
Creative Writing - Academic Building
Tour (Leave from Wege)

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Complimentary Lunch (Wege)
12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Break out session III:
Music - Arts & Music Center
Art - Arts & Music Center
Theatre - Theatre Annex
Creative Writing - Academic Building
Tour (Leave from Wege)
1:30 to 2 p.m. Crescendo (Meet back in Wege Ballroom) featuring the Aquinas College Jazz Band
Each department will creatively showcase an Aquinas student or faculty member's work.

2 p.m.

Admitted Seniors also have the opportunity to audition for Music and Theatre Department Scholarships following the days events. Audition participants MUST be accepted to Aquinas, pre-register and complete a scholarship application online.
Music Scholarship Auditions [ More information ]
Theatre Scholarship Auditions [ More information ]

(Theatre Scholarships awarded to Theatre Majors only)

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Due to space limitations at breakout sessions, parents are invited to tour campus, visit our library or enjoy a latte at "The Moose" with Admissions Representatives during those times. On-site registrants please be aware that your first choice sessions may be filled.
If you would like to register via phone, or have already registered for Fine Arts AQDay and have questions, please call the Aquinas College Admissions Office at 1-800-678-9593 or (616) 632-2900. School groups are welcome and may contact the number above to pre-register.