Creativity Abounds at the Mount!
Mount Saint Mary College encourages students to let their
creativity shine in whatever way they best express themselves -
writing, singing, acting, painting, designing, producing, and more.
Sharing your creativity is very personal, so you'll find that
participating in the arts at the Mount fosters close knit
friendships and support.
Engaging in the creative process is a campuswide effort. At the
Mount, you are not just a student, but also a fellow collaborator
in the creative process. You'll find yourself working side-by-side
with the faculty and staff while singing in the spring concert,
producing a documentary, performing in the bi-annual theatre
production, and putting together the school newspaper.
Additionally, each year the Mount sets aside a time to appreciate
the creativity on campus with a Celebration of Scholarship and
Creativity, a time to recognize all of the creative achievements of
our faculty, staff, and students.
With the Mount's long history in liberal arts education, we
recognize that involvement in the creative arts enhances every
student's learning, no matter their major or area of expertise. Our
students consistenly remark that being part of the arts on campus
allowed them to form strong friendships, develop their skills, and
learn valuable life lessons. So go on - embrace your creativity.
Who knows? Maybe you'll find your passion!
The Mount offers a wide variety of opportunities for
students interested in acting and the theatrical process. Our MSMC
Theatre group has a rich history of presenting comedies, dramas,
musicals, and original plays during the semesterly theatre
production. Alumni from the program walk away with a deep
appreciation for the program and credit it for their confidence,
their relationships with faculty and friends, and some of their
best college experiences. Students also have the opportunity to
participate in Different Stages, the student-run theatre club that
puts on several shows throughout the semester, and Improvology, a
student club that focuses specifically on developing the techniques
of improvisation. The Mount also offers minors in
theatre arts and
theatre arts and music to complement a student's other academic
Find your voice at the Mount! Students have the opportunity to
join the Mount Saint Mary College Choir, led by director Durward
Entrekin, professor of music. Each year, the members of the choir
(which consists of students, faculty, and staff) hold a Christmas
Vespers concert for the Mount community as well as a spring concert
every April. Students can also explore their musical talents
through Knight Notes, the Mount's acapella group; Musical Exchange,
which hosts weekly jam sessions for those who play instruments; and
informal coffee house style events hosted by the Student Government
The Mount Saint Mary College Choir performs the
annual Christmas Vespers for the college community in the Chapel of
the Most Holy Rosary.
The Mount is proud to feature several art galleries around
campus with pieces by students, faculty, and staff; Mount
presenters; and friends of the community. We also have several
prints in Aquinas Hall by Salvatore Dali, gifted to the college
following his visit here in 1963. Students' and instructors'
achievements in the visual arts are also celebrated periodically
with art shows on campus, including the yearly Desmond Campus Art
Show and the Art, Reality, Truth Show in Spring 2017 run by senior
media studies student Danangelowe Spencer as his senior project.
Students interested in honing their creative skills can choose to
take classes in art through a
minor in art,
community education art classes at our Desmond campus, or in an
informal setting through the college's Get Creative and Knitting
Mount students are encouraged to explore the written
word through several outlets at the college. Mount Messenger, the
college newspaper which covers college news and events as well as
student opinion and advice columns, gives students the opportunity
to gain experience in both writing for and running a newspaper. You
can also join the Literary Society or Essence of Poetry, which
publish collections of students' works and develop techniques for
the written word, or help organize Thyme, the student
Yearbook. Various departments on campus also set aside specific
time to celebrate writing; for example, the Kaplan Family Library
and Learning Center hosts a poetry Open Mic event each April during
National Poetry Month, and the Writing Center holds a writing
contest each year with prizes for the winners. Students of any
major can also declare a
concentration in writing to complement their degree and
increase their marketability.
Consisting of Mount media studies majors, the college houses its
own creative agency,
Mount Media, that produces videos for nonprofits in the area,
including Newburgh Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, the Newburgh
Armory Unity Center, and more. The college also hosts a CMA show
each year featuring students' video work from our communication
arts division and staffs Knight
Productions, which provides videotaping for special events on
campus, including live streaming of Christmas Vespers, athletic
games, and Commencement.
The Mount's radio station, Knight Radio, gives students the
opportunity to host their own radio shows and explore the technical
aspects of radio production. Read more...
Students have the opportunity to host their own radio show through
Knight Radio, the Mount's on-campus radio station, or develop their
creative skills through a variety of other avenues at the