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.
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 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 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.
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.
Theatre Performance Opportunities
Heather Tinker, director
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.
To develop in students an understanding of the power of music, theatre and visual arts as primary disciplines in the liberal arts; preparing students to use music to teach and enrich the lives of all persons; and promoting the arts as a spiritual and cultural force in society and the global community.