Whether the choice is a Music Theory class, performance in Classical Ensemble, the Rock & Jazz Collaborative or participation in either the “Concordians” large or select choral groups, KUA offers a full slate of academic courses and ensembles. Students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the annual Fall and Spring departmental concerts, winter musical, and Singers’ Salon. Creating music with digital tools happens in the Arts Center’s well-equipped recording studio where a student's experience may range from learning to use looping software to recording albums of original music.
Departmental Concerts
The Fall and Spring Vocal and Classical Concerts feature the “Concordians” large and select choral groups and the Classical Ensemble in formal performances twice yearly in the auditorium at the Flickinger Arts Center. The Spring Bands Concert features the Rock & Jazz Collaborative in a formal performance in the auditorium at the Flickinger Arts Center.
This community service event in the fall features performances by the Rock & Jazz Collaborative in the Barrette Campus Center great room, and proceeds are donated to various charitable organizations.

Classes: Music classes at KUA range from academic courses such as Music Theory and Introduction to Guitar and Piano to production courses such as Studio Music and ensembles. Because they involve public performance, ensembles form the heart of the music program. These popular groups attract a high percentage of the student body from the full spectrum of the community.

Music Lessons

Private musical lessons are available for a variety of instruments including piano, violin, voice, guitar, drums, winds, and brass with highly qualified adjunct instructors. While not within the academic realm, lessons are strongly encouraged for all serious music students.


Singers’ Salon
Both a year-long course and an annual performance opportunity, Singers’ Salon features KUA’s best solo voices accompanied by a professional quartet in cabaret style performances of jazz, pop, and “American Songbook” repertoire performed in the great room of the Barrette Campus Center. Proceeds from this event benefit local and international causes.
The H block
The H block is a  “sacred space” in the schedule dedicated to performance ensembles which allows them to flourish. The Concordians (our co-ed a cappella group) and Rock & Jazz Colloborative rehearse during the H block which creates a unique space for rehearsals without conflict with other school activities.

Arts Calendar

List of 2 events.

  • KUAid

    Annual KUAid, featuring our jazz and rock ensembles. Show begins at 7:00 pm in the Campus Center.
    Campus Center
  • Fall Play

    What the Bellhop Saw, an uproarious farce written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Millmore. Directed by David Weidman, in Flickinger at 7:30 pm
    Flickinger Auditorium
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