Arts & Humanities

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Department Overview

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. 

Click on Academic Programs in the left-hand navigation for all of our department majors and minors.

Performance Opportunities
  • Vocal Ensembles

    Choir performance

    Dr. Christopher M. Smith, Director
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    Symphonic Choir

    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.

    Women's Choir

    Women's Choir is an auditioned ensemble representing a wide range of majors. Women's Choir meets MWF afternoons and performs in most choral concerts in the Department. Repertoire includes historic masterworks, contemporary music, multicultural music, Broadway shows, vocal jazz, and gospel. Members participate in Symphonic Choir.

    Heritage Choir

    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.

  • Instrumental Ensembles
    Band performance

    Dr. Luke Johnson, Director
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    Concert Band

    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

    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.

    Pep Band

    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.

  • Theatre Performance Opportunities
    Theatre performance

    Heather Tinker, director

    Theatre Productions

    Each semester the department puts on a play or musical. Actors are drawn from the MNU student body, as well as the Olathe community, depending on the needs of each production. Recent shows have included Annie Get Your Gun and Little Women.

    Improv Performances

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.

Top-notch Facilities

The Bell Cultural Events Center is the home to Fine & Performing Arts at MNU. This 40,000 square foot building is a state-of-the-art performance and classroom facility.

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