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Welcome to the Arts at Knox!

The Knox College choir at a performance.The arts at Knox offer you exceptional opportunities to develop as an artist in a particular field, explore new passions, and challenge your creative potential in many ways. Below is information on the various art programs at Knox, as well as a few upcoming deadlines that may be of interest to you.  

With a myriad of arts experiences available on campus, you decide when to participate as an art maker or as an audience member. You might choose to take arts classes, hone your expertise in an art form, or develop new creative horizons. You might wish to enhance your intended major by taking advantage of existing arts co-curricular programs, courses, off-campus study programs, or clubs -- or even start new adventures. Whatever your inclination, Knox offers a number of opportunities from which to choose:

More information on each department and program will be available for you when you arrive on campus. Please feel free to discuss the various opportunities you have to pursue creative endeavors both in and out of the classroom with orientation leaders, fellow students, or your academic advisor. In the meantime, feel free to post a question on the Class of 2017 Facebook group -- current Knox students will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Upcoming Arts Opportunities, Auditions, and Deadlines

Knox art happens all year, but some clubs and organizations, including the Knox Theatre, Knox College Choir, and Knox Jazz Ensemble, offer auditions shortly after you arrive on campus. Below are a few of the upcoming opportunities, auditions, and deadlines.

Knox College Choir Auditions -- The Knox College Choir will host auditions for new students on Saturday, September 7, from 2:30-4:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Monday, September 9, and Tuesday, September 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The choir practices every weekday during the academic year from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.

The Knox College Jazz Ensemble at a performance.Knox College Jazz Ensemble -- Auditions for the Knox Jazz Ensemble, as well as individual meetings for students with jazz or classical instrumental music interest, or interest in jazz voice, will begin on Monday, September 9, and continue through Friday, September 13. Auditions and meetings are held with Professor Nikki Malley and sign-up sheets will be posted on the door of Room 224 in the Ford Center for Fine Arts. Want to join one of our many bands? Sign up for a meeting to learn more!

Knox-Galesburg Symphony -- The Knox-Galesburg Symphony is a professional orchestra, and new students are strongly encouraged to apply for participation through audition. You may submit a CD or another kind of media that already has audition-ready content to Professor Bruce Polay, symphony conductor, by e-mail at or mail to Professor Bruce Polay, K-5, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 61401. You may also contact Professor Polay to arrange an audition in person once you have arrived on campus. 

Catch submission drive -- Knox's student-run, award-winning literary journal will begin accepting submissions on the first day of classes. Visit the Catch website for more information on the types of submissions it accepts. In addition to Catch, Knox supports four more publications devoted to creative writing: Cellar Door; Diminished Capacity; Wynken, Blynken, and Nod; and The Third Level (the last three published by the umbrella organization Quiver). There is also a publication focusing on literary criticism, The Common Room, and a publication of graphic design, Folio. The campus newspaper, The Knox Student, often includes creative work, as does the campus radio station, WVKC

Knox College Program in Dance performanceDance Open House & Welcome -- The Program in Dance will host a Welcome Back Improv Jam for new and returning students on Saturday, September 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym, following the Contact Improvisation Workshop. If you are interested in dancing for fun, be sure to watch for the dance club audition notices and the Terpsichore Dance Collective table at the Carnival of Clubs. 

Theatre Open House -- Come get to know the theatre department and learn more about the variety of ways you can participate -- on the stage or behind the curtain -- at the annual Theatre Open House. This year's open house will be on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Harbach Theatre in the Ford Center for Fine Arts.

Special Theatre Guest Artist Residency -- Starting the very first day of classes, the Department of Theatre will host a five-day residency with nationally recognized performer and teacher of Embodied Movement Jeff Wallace. Wallace will offer four workshop sessions open to anyone in Embodied Movement and an open session in Contact Improvisation, co-hosted by the Program in Dance. Anyone with an interest in how the body can be more effective in motion and in space (think sports -- think dance -- think Ultimate Frisbee -- think anything!) will find these sessions illuminating -- and invigorating. See the Knox Department of Theatre Facebook page and the Knox Calendar for details. 

Fall Term Theatre Productions -- Every term, the Department of Theatre features a full-scale production in Harbach Theatre (directed by faculty) and multiple productions in Studio Theatre (directed by students). Productions also may be found just about anywhere on campus. Participation in Knox productions is open to all. This fall's Harbach production is Next Fall, directed by Professor Jeff Grace. Auditions will be held Friday, September 13, in Harbach Theatre at 6:30 p.m. There are several Studio Theatre productions going up this fall and a Playwrights Workshop. Auditions will be held in Studio Theatre during the first week of the term, and details will be provided at the Theatre Open House. Stay tuned to the theatre website for more information on all of these productions as the fall term approaches.

The Fall Alumni Art Show will feature works by Knox graduates who have gone on to earn master's of fine arts degrees and are working artists around the world -- both in their own studios and at such prestigious academic programs as the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the School Of the Art Institute in Chicago. All art shows feature a professional talk by the artist at the opening and all art openings are free. 

Remember, these are the opportunities available to you during fall term -- imagine what awaits you during winter and spring terms!

Again, welcome to Knox, and we look forward to seeing you at auditions, in class, in the studio, and on the stage!

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Dates to Remember

September 4
Multicultural Student Orientation
International Student Orientation

September 6
Non-Traditional Student Orientation

September 7
Family and Friends Orientation
New Student Orientation

September 11
Pumphandle, Day of Service, and
All-Campus Picnic

September 12
Classes Begin

October 4-6
Family and Friends Weekend


August 12 -- Living at Knox

August 5 -- Internships

July 29 -- Campus Safety

July 22 -- Staying Well at Knox

July 15 -- Housing and Meal Plans

July 8 -- Healthcare Resources

July 1 -- Owning Your Education

June 24 -- Alumni Community

June 17 -- Payment Options

June 10 -- Nurturing Excellence at Knox

June 3 -- Learning at Knox

May 27 -- Orientation

May 20 -- Knox Traditions

May 13 -- Graduation Wish List

May 6 -- Welcome to Knox!

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Knox College Office of Student Development
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7222 Phone
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