Over a century ago, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration recognized the importance of the arts when they began teaching young music students in the La Crosse area. This tradition is literally written in stone. In fact, the time capsule located in the cornerstone of the Fine Arts Center, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011, includes this message: "Youth educated in truth and sensitive to beauty comprise one of the best guarantees of a stabilized and peaceful Christian society in the future." And the centrality of the arts in the formation of the whole person continues to guide educational directions at Viterbo University through nationally-distinctive training programs, the "Artistic Awareness" Way of Thinking in the core curriculum, and in serving as a cultural center for arts programming in the La Crosse region.
Timothy Schorr, D.M.A.
Dean of Fine Arts
Professor of Music
The School of Fine Arts offers:
- A dedicated faculty of artist-teachers
- Professional training with a liberal arts core curriculum
- B.A., B.F.A., B.M., and B.S. programs in studio art, arts administration, music, music theatre, theatre, and dance (minor)
- Small class sizes and close interactions with faculty
- First-rate studio, teaching, rehearsing, performing, gallery, scenic/costume shops, and recording facilities
- Creative/performing opportunities for students, including operas, plays, musicals, concerts, recitals, and exhibitions
- Nationally-internationally-acclaimed visiting artists
- Talent and academic scholarships
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music for over fifty years
- Alumni accepted into such prestigious graduate programs as the Juilliard School, School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin