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Arts & Humanities

The Arts and Humanities Department offers intellectually rigorous programs designed to foster your creativity and promote your aesthetic literacy. Our faculty are strong pedagogues with stellar educational backgrounds, committed to bringing out the best in you.

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Department Overview

Arts & Humanities at MNU includes music, theatre and English areas of study. Professors provide opportunities for students to learn, grow and experience human culture and self expression in coursework, experiential activities and performance.  

Discover Performance Opportunities on the links below. Learn about Academic Programs on the left navigation links.

Dr. Christopher M. Smith, Director
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Symphonic Choir is an auditioned large ensemble meeting Monday evenings. Symphonic Choir presents large choral masterworks performed with orchestra. Recent works include choruses from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, and Schubert’s Mass in G.


Heritage Choir is an auditioned ensemble representing a wide range of majors. Heritage Choir meets MWF afternoons and performs on most choral concerts. Repertoire includes historic masterworks, contemporary music, multicultural music, Broadway shows, vocal jazz, and gospel. Heritage Choir sang in New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2011 and in the National Capitol Choral Festival in Washington, DC in May 2013. Members participate in Symphonic Choir.

Dr. Luke Johnson, Director
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Concert Band is a large ensemble of wind and percussion instruments that meets MWF afternoons. This ensemble performs a mixture of standard band repertoire and new repertoire by current composers. Periodically, chamber wind music is also performed using select members from this group.


Jazz Ensemble is comprised of standard big band instrumentation. This ensemble performs a wide variety of styles including Swing, Latin, Funk, Rock, Fusion, and Bebop. Ensemble members incorporate improvisation and appropriate idiomatic styles into the performance practice of this group.


Playing in support of MNU varsity athletic teams.


The excitement of a sporting event featuring a drumline at half-time is undeniable. Soon the Pioneers will enjoy that atmosphere as in partnership, MNU Athletics and the Department of Arts & Humanities recently announced a drumline program will start in Fall 2020.

Heather Tinker, MA, director


The Theatre Department offers at least four productions each year including musicals and plays performing in the 500-seat Mabee Auditorium or the intimate Sunderland Black Box Theatre. Our improv teams perform monthly and we host several campus-wide events each year, such as Live Clue and a Swing Dance fundraiser. MNU Theatre is a proud participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival every year where students have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and audition for professional theatres. Visit our social media for rehearsal and show photos of recent productions!

Facebook: MNU Theatre; Instagram: mnutheatre

mission statement

To develop in students a well-rounded understanding of God and humanity through language, literature, music, theatre, and visual arts; preparing students to enrich the lives of all persons they influence through the context of a liberal arts education.

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