Hiram College


Performing Arts: Music and Theatre Major

What will you create within those walls?

Our music and theatre activities take place in the Frohring Performing Arts buildings. Within these two structures, a black box theatre, multiple classrooms, a recital hall, private practice rooms open to all students, and the Showboat Theatre all inspire the imagination of our students. The Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall also provides opportunities for large-scale shows, and, outside, students use the Campus Green to host even more productions. From the costume shop to the technical shop to the stage, our students learn the workings of technical design as well as performance craft.

Musical, Musical Review, or Opera Workshop

At least every other year, a musical, musical review, or opera workshop is offered. These shows require lots of hard work and dedication, but the result is always incredible. Music, dancing, acting, and design are all an integral part of these performances. If you think that you want to be a part of the action, watch out for audition information posted around campus or in your email.

Stage, Technical, Costume and Make-up Design

Classes and job positions are offered for lighting, sound, stage, costume, and make-up design at Hiram. There are opportunities in the office, as well, learning how to prepare scripts, programs, and more. You can learn how to run a sewing machine, build a set, manage a house, or wire sound and lighting. Better yet, you can learn to do it all! How many schools can say that?

Theatre Productions

Main-Stage Productions

Each semester, at least one large main stage performing arts production is offered. The plays are chosen to develop our students’ current interests, talents, and skills while asking them to reach outside their comfort zone. Students can act, run crew, build sets, direct, manage house, and so much more!

Play Readings

An important skill that all actors should learn is the art of oral interpretation. Picking up a script and interpreting the character without any prior knowledge is hard, but it is often asked of actors at auditions. At Hiram, we try to ease that hardship by offering script readings throughout the year so that students can discover the meaning in a work of dramatic literature. After practicing once or twice, a group of students comes together and reads a full-length play in front of an audience.

Student-Directed 10-Minute Plays

Everyone gets excited for this opportunity! Students all over campus come to audition for the 10-Minutes in both the 12-week and 3-week semesters. Students direct, star in, (sometimes write) and lead the technical design aspects of these shows. Afraid you can’t memorize lines? Don’t worry! These shows are all script-in-hand—you read your lines in front of the audience right out of the script.


From choosing a script, casting, and blocking to building a set and finding an audience, these shows happen in less than 24 hours. This heart-racing opportunity will develop your theatre skills in unimaginable ways.

Music Ensembles

Hiram College Chamber Singers

This select vocal ensemble performs a variety of styles, from Renaissance Madrigals and Bach cantatas to a-cappella jazz music. In addition to concerts each semester, they have performed at local churches, at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for President Garfield at the Garfield Memorial in Cleveland, for the Holiday Festival of Lights at Lawnfield Cemetery in Cleveland, and for Hiram Opera Theatre Productions. Registration is required; students register for 0 or 1 credit. Rehearsals are TR from 4-5:30 in Frohring Music Hall. All students are encouraged to audition.

Hiram Community and College Choir

This choir rehearses Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in Frohring Music Hall. The choir includes both community members and students. Registration is required; students register for 0 or 1 credit. The choir performs a holiday concert in December and a spring concert after commencement in May.

African Drum Ensemble

Perhaps one of the most beloved classes on campus, the African Drum Ensemble is a one-credit course that you can take to learn the rhythms and techniques of African drum. Students in this class will perform in the annual Intercultural Forum Show.

Pep Band

The Pep Band rehearses MW from 4:30 – 6:00 pm in Frohring Music Hall. Registration is required for 0 or 1 credit. The Pep Band plays at home games in the fall and spring. There are a limited number of instruments available for use by students. Please contact the music office for details.

String Orchestra

The Hiram College String Orchestra  performs a wide variety of string orchestra repertoire and performs one concert per semester. It is comprised of students and community members.  Students register for 0 or 1 credit.

Western Reserve Women’s Choir

Founded in 2011, this ensemble performs a wide variety of styles. It has performed at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., at special college functions and in semester concerts. Registration is required; students register for 0 or 1 credit. Rehearsal times vary, depending on the semester.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble rehearses MW from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Frohring Music Hall. They perform challenging college-level wind repertoire and perform once per semester and also perform for commencement. There are a limited number of instruments available for use by students; please contact the music office for details.

Other Performing Arts Opportunities


Students can explore composing music in various styles, from song-writing to chamber music and music for large ensembles, with opportunities for performance of their works at student concerts and recitals.

Concerts & Recitals

Faculty, students, and community members all perform within our Music Hall. You could perform in your senior recital or show off everything you have learned in your private lesson. You may even see a guest performer from around the world.

Master Classes and Guest Artists

Along with guest master classes, students also have the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Opera Company and take trips to a variety of local performances or venues for student performance.

Music Scholarships and Lessons

Do you love music? Lessons are available to any student on campus in keyboard, guitar, strings, wind instruments, percussion, voice, and harp. If you join an ensemble, you can qualify for the private lesson scholarships available, too!

Music Technology Course

Learn how computer notation and sequencing programs are used in creating music!


Student-run for students, H-tech provides many of the sound and lighting technology for events on campus. From dances to talent shows, H-Tech is vital in making many shows visible and audible.

Theatre Guild

This student-led club hosts the 10-minute shows, the Casey Theatre Awards, Blitz, script readings, and so much more to develop the theatrical skills of our students. They also take excursions to local shows, some of which our alumni participate in!