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The Arts at Knox


Division of Student Development

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7077


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The creative and performing 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 studio and performing arts 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 or music 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.

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 (KCC) will host auditions for new students on September 7-9 (view the audition schedule). The choir rehearses every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. In addition to many concerts on campus, we tour every year during spring break, with a tour abroad every four years. Chamber Singers, a highly select 18-voice ensemble made up of choir members, performs at each choir concert and also presents its own concerts, both on and off campus. There are also three non-auditioned choir groups: Enharmonic Fire, TriTones, and the Galesburg Community Chorus. Learn more about the choir.

Other Choirs and Voice lessons

With seven vocal ensembles and private voice lessons, opera workshop and voice class, you are sure to find performance and study opportunities to fit your interests. If you do not wish to audition for the KCC but want to sing, please stop by Laura Lane's office—Room 150 in the Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA)—during Sept 7-10 to talk over your many options. Learn more about choirs and rehearsal times

If you would like to take voice lessons at Knox, please contact Laura Lane for details at or stop by her office at CFA 150.

Instrumental Music: Jazz, Band, Classical, and Contemporary Ensembles

With 14 ensembles and rehearsals ranging from one to five hours per week, there are opportunities for every Knox student to participate in the performance program in a way that works for their unique goals and schedule. All instrumental ensembles are open to students regardless of major. Ensembles include the award-winning Knox Jazz Ensemble (which performs annually with internationally renowned artists and tours internationally every 3-4 years), the Knox Chamber Brass, Wind, and Percussion Ensembles, the Knox Flute Ensemble, multiple small jazz combos, brass, wind, and percussion ensembles, and more. Some ensembles require auditions, while many do not.

Students interested in instrumental performance opportunities should schedule a meeting with Dr. Nikki Malley between September 9 and 15 to discuss options and audition requirements (where applicable). A sign-up sheet for meeting/audition times is posted on the board outside Dr. Malley's office in the Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) Room 224. Students interested in learning more about private music lessons are also encouraged to sign up for a meeting time with Dr. Malley.

Knox-Galesburg Symphony

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, four-time recipient of Illinois Council of Orchestras' Orchestra of the Year award, strongly encourages new students 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, or mail to Professor Bruce Polay, K-5, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 61401. You may also contact Professor Polay at or call him at 309-341-7208 to arrange an audition in person once you have arrived on campus.

The Program in Creative Writing

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Program in Creative Writing, the English Department's Caxton Club readings and lecture series will host several events this fall, including award-winning novelist, Marilynne Robinson. Read all about the upcoming events.

Catch, Knox's student-run, award-winning literary journal, is already accepting submissions. Visit the Catch website for more information. In addition to Catch, Knox supports two more publications devoted to creative writing: Cellar Door and Quiver. There is also a publication focusing on literary criticism, The Common Room. The campus newspaper, The Knox Student, often includes creative work, as does campus radio station WVKC. Look for all these organizations at Carnival of Clubs and around campus. Talk to other students and faculty about how to get involved. We'll see you at our first Caxton Club on September 29.

Knox Dance Program

The Knox College Dance Program is gearing up for another busy year packed with performances, guest artists, master classes, off-campus programs, and other special events. Specifically, we are excited to kick off the year in our new dance studio space in the Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA)!

To formally welcome the new space to Knox, we are holding an open house during Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 27, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a great time to connect with both new and returning students, as well as with our dance alums. As you will discover, there are many ways to participate in dance at Knox College, both through the academic program as well as through one of our many student-run dance organizations. On September 15 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Terpsichore, a student dance collective, will hold auditions for their fall term concert.

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 Monday, September 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Harbach Theatre in The Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA). Details about auditions and other opportunities will be provided at the Open House as well as via email and online.

Fall Term Theatre Productions

Knox Theatre productions are staged in the large but intimate Harbach Theatre and Studio Theatre, a flexible black box theatre. Faculty direct three full-length productions each year and students direct a variety of plays, including stage readings, one acts, and full length plays every term.

This fall's faculty-directed production will be The Drowning Girls by Beth Grahm, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlascalic and directed by Professor Liz Carlin Metz. Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in The Ford Center For the Fine Arts (CFA), Room 101. New students who wish to audition do not need to prepare any text; just show up. However, if you have a memorized monologue, you are encouraged to present it. (More details about the show and auditions can be found on Details about other auditions will be provided at the Open House on Monday, September 11. You can also find out a lot about the department's current and past programming on the website.

Fall Art Events

Last winter, The Department of Art and Art History moved into our new home, the Whitcomb Art Center. We invite all new students to come and experience this exciting new building. Each year, the art department hosts a number of exhibits and lectures by professional artists. This year's fall exhibit will feature the work of painter Maria Korol in our off-campus gallery, the Box. During Homecoming, the annual Alumni Art History Lecture will be delivered by Anna Kryczka '07. Events later in the year will include a winter exhibit by printmakers Jonathan Higgins and Sarah Smelser, and an artist in residence during spring term.

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 studios, and on the stage!

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