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Fine Arts

Berea offers varied opportunities for all interested students to create and perform, including:

  • Music—Four choral groups and seven instrumental ensembles (classical and chamber music, African American sacred music, jazz, bluegrass, fusion, and percussion). Presser Music Building offers state-of-the-art studios, classrooms, recital hall, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. Kentucky’s largest 56-bell carillon housed in Draper Tower offers concerts.
  • Theatre—Berea College Theatre Laboratory mounts full-length and one-act plays directed by faculty, students, and visiting artists. All performances take place in the Jelkyl Drama Center—either in the 250-seat McGaw Theatre or in the black box Musser Theatre.
  • Dance—Two dance groups include performances in traditional European and Appalachian folk dance and modern dance. Nine student dance clubs include swing dance, Latin dance, Danish gymnastics, dance team, hip-hop, step team, capoeira, Middle Eastern dance, and African dance.
  • Visual Art—Gallery space for year-round student and faculty art exhibits and permanent art collection display includes the Dimitrie Berea Gallery, dedicated to the internationally recognized post-impressionist painter.

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