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Center for the Arts at Albright College

 

Contact us:
Center for the Arts: (610) 921-7715
Box Office: (610) 921-7547
boxoffice@albright.edu

Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

60 minutes before a Concert Series/
Star Series Performance and 90
minutes before a Domino Production.

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Center for the Arts 

Calendar of Events

CS – Concert Series    EE – Experience Event   TAD – Teens After Dark
G&G – Green & Growing (Student Production)
MG: Main Gallery; PS: Project Space

Exhibitions and programs at the Freedman Gallery and in the visual arts are proudly sponsored by: The Silverweed Foundation, The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Family Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.

Musical Programs at Albright College are proudly sponsored by The William E. Maier Memorial Concert Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.



 


DECEMBER

Brent Green, New Video
Through Sun., Feb. 1, 2015, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

Multi-media artist, filmmaker, musician and theatrical scenic designer, Brent Green, will screen short videos, which will provide an excellent introduction to Green’s larger body of work to be installed in main gallery in the spring. Don’t miss this important work from a renowned, international artist.

Spring 2015 Fashion Trend Forecast
Mon., Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Screening of Fashion Group International’s DVD forecast of spring 2015 trends.  Discussion to follow. 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Mon., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

imageHistorical Photographs from Joliet Prison
Tues., Dec. 2, 2014–Sun., Feb. 1, 2015, Freedman Gallery (PS)

Historical photographs from Joliet Prison, Joliet, Ill., taken between 1890 and 1930, have been reprised from an exhibition that was first shown at the University Museum, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and include landscapes, interiors and intimate portraits of staff and inmates. 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #10: The Housemaid (1960, 111 min.) by Ki-young Kim*
Tues., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

The Housemaid, a powerful horror film/melodrama, long neglected for political reasons, has become very influential on a new generation of South Korean filmmakers. “Call them trash, exploitation, or B-movies, Kim's films have been compared to the work of Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind) and Nicholas Ray (Rebel without a Cause), both filmmakers who tried to introduce dark elements into standard soap opera plots. But Kim takes these conventions even further. His films are like nothing you’ve seen before.”—Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Albright Student Film & Video Showcase*EE
Thur., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

A sampling of some of the best film and video produced recently by Albright students. Organized by the Albright Cinema Club 

iconXion Step Team Dance Showcase
Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Black-Tie Optional
Fri., Dec. 5, 9 p.m., Roop Hall

Brought to you by Less Than or Equal To 

iconChristmas DayEE
Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Candlelight Dinner*, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge; $28, call 610-921-7510 to register
Celebrate the music of Christmas with Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale. 

Roar Like a Lion
Sun., Dec. 7, 3 p.m., Roop Hall

Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances. 

iconIt’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play*TAD
Adapted by Joe Landry
Fri.-Sat., Dec. 12-13, 8 p.m., & Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13-14, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
$35 adult day of
$30 adult in advance, seniors 65 and over, and Albright faculty and staff
$10 Albright students and children 17 and under

A Reinhold’s Brickhouse Theatre production in collaboration with Albright College’s Theatre department, directed by Mark Flannery from the Screenplay by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling

Enjoy a holiday treat with this stage version of one of America’s most beloved holiday classics. Inside a 1940s radio station, a small ensemble of actors work together to offer a live broadcast of this heartfelt story of sacrifice and redemption. It’s Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls, and George Bailey, the nicest guy in town, is perched atop a bridge on the brink of suicide—that is, until a guardian angel named Clarence, who hasn’t yet earned his wings, intervenes to remind George just how many lives he has touched, and how terrible life in his community would be had he never been born.


JANUARY

Brent Green
Tues., Jan. 27–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Brent Green, self-taught filmmaker and artist, infuses a rough and raw DIY aesthetic into the art world through the use of a bizarre assortment of materials—clocks, musical instruments, and other everyday items. Fantastical narratives, sometimes based on real-life occurrences, and recurring characters pervade the films that hint at the darker and more somber sides of life.

  • Artist’s Salon – date/time TBD, home of Jaap van Liere
  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.


FEBRUARY

Brent Green
Tues., Jan. 27–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Brent Green, self-taught filmmaker and artist, infuses a rough and raw DIY aesthetic into the art world through the use of a bizarre assortment of materials—clocks, musical instruments, and other everyday items. Fantastical narratives, sometimes based on real-life occurrences, and recurring characters pervade the films that hint at the darker and more somber sides of life.

  • Artist’s Salon – date/time TBD, home of Jaap van Liere
  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Brendan Fernandes
Thurs., Feb. 5-Sun., April 12, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

Kenyan-Indian-Canadian artist, Brendan Fernandes, investigates notions of authenticity and identity through the lenses of language and movement, highlighting the idea that for him “identity is in a constant state of flux.”

photoWinter Meet & Make #2: Printmaking AlternativesTAD
Tues., Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Freedman Gallery 

John L. Doyle: Selections from “The Great Human Race”
Tues., Feb. 10–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (PS)

A selection of prints that were acquired in 2013 from John L. Doyle’s series The Great Human Race, and include the subthemes of youth, builders, warriors, cultural, and legends will be on view. The Great Human Race was Doyle’s exploration of man and race to “artistically interpret the contribution of each culture to a universal endeavor.”

  • Meet & Make, Tues., Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Freedman GalleryTAD 

Love is in My Hair
3rd Annual Albright Improv Festival*EE
Sat., Feb. 14

Improvisational comedy troupes from the area’s regional colleges will join us for a day of laughter and learning to be followed by a performance of those troupes along with a headlining, professional troupe to be announced.

  • Workshop, 1-5 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge & FiresideEE
  • Showcase, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5* 

The Masque of Beauty and the Beast by Michael Elliot Brill*EE
Fri., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14 & 21, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production in collaboration with  Children’s Theatre of Albright, directed by Danny Campos ’05

Based on the legendary story, The Masque of Beauty and the Beast is a fanciful tapestry of theatrical enchantment, retelling the ageless fairy tale for audiences of all ages. Magic is created on all levels in this stunning verse play filled with sprightly dialog, delightful and varied characterizations. This production will be performed in the style of a 16th-century French masque and will feature gorgeous period costumes.

  • Talkback & Reception, Fri., Feb. 13, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Feb. 13, follows Talkback, Roop Hall
  • Tea Party, Feb. 14, noon-2 p.m., Roop Hall, $10

Enjoy sweet refreshments, meet the cast, play games, make a valentine and a mask of your own to take with you.

  • Theatre Luncheon, Feb. 22, 1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine, $25*

International Film Series #11*
Tues., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Drum CircleTAD
Wed., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Organized by religious studies and featuring instruction by Michael Clipman and Mark Seaman of Zenergy.


MARCH

Brent Green

Tues., Jan. 27–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Brent Green, self-taught filmmaker and artist, infuses a rough and raw DIY aesthetic into the art world through the use of a bizarre assortment of materials—clocks, musical instruments, and other everyday items. Fantastical narratives, sometimes based on real-life occurrences, and recurring characters pervade the films that hint at the darker and more somber sides of life.

  • Artist’s Salon – date/time TBD, home of Jaap van Liere
  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Concert Series #3: Becky Butler Remembered
Sun., March 1, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

One year ago, Albright College lost a legendary musical artist and beloved faculty member, Rebecca Gass Butler. Albright, along with Reading Music Teachers Association and Reading Musical Foundation, will pay tribute to Becky’s legacy with a memorial concert featuring performances by Albright’s Symphonic Band, Berks Youth Chorus, Johannes Dietrich and Marie-Aline Cadieux of the former Majore Trio, and Reading Symphony Orchestra’s principal violinist and concertmaster, Christopher Collins Lee. 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #12*
Tues., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Comedian Jeffrey Jay
Thur., March 5, 7 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge

“Dang, that boy’s cute!” Transgender comedian, Jeffrey Jay, dishes about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

V-Day*EE
Fri., March 6, 7 p.m. & Sat., March 7, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, suggested donation of $5 at door.

Once again, this year’s V-Day events will raise money to help end violence against women and young girls, both locally and globally. For information contact thespians@albright.edu or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACThespianSociety. Organized by ACTS 

BroadwayEE, TAD
Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale salute Broadway with a selection of some of the most memorable classics from the live stage. 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #13*
Tues., March 10, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Double Bill
Wed., March 11, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Less Than or Equal To joins Soviet Purgatory, Albright’s long-form improvisational comedy troupe, for its monthly performance. 

Big Cat Jazz Band Open Rehearsal
Wed., March 11, 4-5p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge 

Albright Angels & Mane Men Open Rehearsal
Thur., March 12, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Kristen T. Woodward, Hunter-Gatherer
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Hunter-Gatherer, new work started during Woodward’s fall 2013 sabbatical, explores intuitive and symbolic predator-prey relationships. Throughout the exhibit found objects and decoys are used alongside more traditional encaustic paintings, as animals, fruits and figures intermingle with ancient weapons and technological wonders.

  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., March 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., March 26, 5-7 p.m. 

photoRevolutions Per Minute
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery (PS)

In 1982 Jeff Gordon of Greene Street Recording Studio in SoHo, New York, collaborated with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts to commission the gallery’s artists to create sound recordings. The resulting records and their accompanying album cover art was shown in an exhibition at the gallery and was subsequently shown later that year at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and the Tate Gallery in London. The prints from the album covers are in the Freedman Gallery’s Collection, which will be on display in addition to the original sound recordings. Visitors will be able to hear these recordings via listening stations in the gallery. This exhibition coincides with the anniversary of WXAC 91.3 FM, Albright College’s radio station, and offers viewers a more conceptual approach to music.

  • Meet & Make, Tues., April 7, 5 p.m. TAD 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #14*
Tues., March 24, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Drum Circle
Wed., March 25, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Organized by religious studies and featuring instruction by Michael Clipman and Mark Seaman of Zenergy. 

Welcome Home, the Albright Angels & Mane Men Spring Tour FinaleEE
Thur., March 26, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Fashion Alumni Panel
Fri., March 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Meet with Albright fashion alumni and learn what they are doing in the industry. 

International Film Series #15*
Tues., March 31, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


APRIL

Kristen T. Woodward, Hunter-Gatherer
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Hunter-Gatherer, new work started during Woodward’s fall 2013 sabbatical, explores intuitive and symbolic predator-prey relationships. Throughout the exhibit found objects and decoys are used alongside more traditional encaustic paintings, as animals, fruits and figures intermingle with ancient weapons and technological wonders.

  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., March 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., March 26, 5-7 p.m. 

photoRevolutions Per Minute
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery (PS)

In 1982 Jeff Gordon of Greene Street Recording Studio in SoHo, New York, collaborated with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts to commission the gallery’s artists to create sound recordings. The resulting records and their accompanying album cover art was shown in an exhibition at the gallery and was subsequently shown later that year at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and the Tate Gallery in London. The prints from the album covers are in the Freedman Gallery’s Collection, which will be on display in addition to the original sound recordings. Visitors will be able to hear these recordings via listening stations in the gallery. This exhibition coincides with the anniversary of WXAC 91.3 FM, Albright College’s radio station, and offers viewers a more conceptual approach to music.

  • Meet & Make, Tues., April 7, 5 p.m. TAD

Spring Meet & Make #3: Vinyl Records RepurposedTAD 

Tues., April 7, 5 p.m., Freedman Gallery

IFS posterInternational Film Series #16*
Tues., April 7, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Soviet Purgatory
Wed., April 8, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Monthly, long-form improvisational comedy show 

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon*EE, TAD
Fri.-Sat., April 10-11 & Thurs.-Sat., April 16-18, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production directed by Matt Fotis

The first play in Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy presents a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states, "If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."

  • Talkback & Reception, Fri., April 10, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., April 17, follows performance, Roop Hall TAD
  • Theatre Luncheon, Sun., April 19, 1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine, $25* 

Music Business ForumEE
Sat., April 11, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CFA Mezzanine & Roop Hall 

MCA Movie Night: Dear White People
Mon., April 13, 7 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge

Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Government Association 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #17*
Tues., April 14, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

10th Annual Edible Books Contest
Wed., April 15, noon-3 p.m., Gingrich Library

Express your creativity and love of books by joining in a celebration of art, literature and imagination.  A “National Library Week” event 

Chinese Acrobat Dancers
Wed., April 15, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 

25 Artful Music Videos, a Curated Playlist
Thur., April 16-Sun., June 28, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

CFA Director David Tanner offers a selection of 25 of the most artful music videos along with commentary from faculty and students related to the history of the music video art form. 

WXAC’s 50th Anniversary Concert
Sat., April 18, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge

Organized by WXAC 91.3 FM 

Step AfrikaEE, TAD
Sat., April 18, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Celebrate “Diversity Week,” April 12-18, with one of the most highly anticipated and energetic performances to grace our stage. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Leo Camp Lecture: Art Spiegelman
Tues., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Art Spiegelman is a Pulitzer prize-winning artist and illustrator. His masterful Holocaust narrative MAUS, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats, brought comic books out of the toy chest and onto the literature shelves. Spiegelman will join us for an evening of illuminating discussion. Sponsored by the Jewish Cultural Center. 

International Film Series #18*
Tues., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Sounds of Spring, a Symphonic Band ConcertEE, TAD
Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

String Chamber Orchestra & Big Cat Jazz Ensemble ConcertEE
Sun., April 26, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

International Film Series #19*
Tues., April 28, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


MAY

Albright Dance Team Recital
Fri., May 1, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Gospel Choir Concert
Sat., May 2, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Sacred music with style! Also includes performances by the Praise and Worship Dance Team. 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Mon., May 4, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Annual Juried Student Exhibition
May 5–May 14, Freedman Gallery

This annual exhibition includes a round up of work by Albright College students made over the past year. Annual prizes and awards are given in four categories during a special reception. Juror: Lydia Panas

  • Submissions – Sat. & Sun., April 25-26, 1-4 p.m.; Mon., April 27, by advance appointment only; Tues., April 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(download the prospectus at www.albright.edu/freedman)

  • Award Ceremony & Reception – Thur., May 7, 5-7 p.m. TAD 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #20*
Tues., May 5, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Wed., May 6, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Albright Student Film & Video Showcase*EE
Thur., May 7, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Filmmakers will be present following the screening for a Q&A session. 

Beach Party Bonanza IV, Electric Boogaloo III, Dreams Come True II
Fri., May 8, 6 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre

The Less Than or Equal To improv spring finale showcase 

Xion Step Team Dance Showcase
Fri., May 8, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

And don’t forget the after-party in Jake’s. $3, students only at door. 

Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase & Runway Show*EE, TAD
Sat., May 9, Bollman Gym, $5 students, $10 adults, $20 VIP

Celebrate the hard work of Albright’s student fashion designers and merchandisers through exhibition displays and a high-energy runway show.

  • Exhibition Showcase, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Red & White Room 

Celebrate SpringEE
Sat., May 9, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season. 

Children’s Theatre of Albright Spring Production
Sun., May 10, 1 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheatre

The Children’s Theatre of Albright presents a completely original show for young audiences that celebrates and explores the wonders of the imagination. Inspiration, creativity and fun are never in short supply. 

Roar Like a Lion
Mon., May 11, 7 p.m., Roop Hall

Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances. 

photoLydia Panas
Sat., May 23–June 28, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Primarily focused on portraiture, Lydia Panas’s photographs palpably convey the tensions and interactions among her subjects. The exhibition includes a relatively recent body of abstract portraiture, devoid of the human figure and yet a portrait nonetheless as both nonfigurative presence and corporeal absence permeate each image.

  • Reception – Sat., May 23, 5-7 p.m.
Meet & Make – Sun., June 21, 2 p.m.

JUNE

Lydia Panas
Sat., May 23–June 28, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Primarily focused on portraiture, Lydia Panas’s photographs palpably convey the tensions and interactions among her subjects. The exhibition includes a relatively recent body of abstract portraiture, devoid of the human figure and yet a portrait nonetheless as both nonfigurative presence and corporeal absence permeate each image.

  • Reception – Sat., May 23, 5-7 p.m.
Meet & Make – Sun., June 21, 2 p.m.

The Body in Motion

Freedman Kids Camp 2015*
June 22-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., brown bag lunch, Freedman Gallery & Schumo Center, $150/$180 full-day by June 1/after, $75/$85 half-day morning (9-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (12:30-3 p.m.) by June 1/after, family discount – take $30 off each full-day registration when you sign up siblings

From Leonardo da Vinci to Edward Muybridge, artists through time have been fascinated by the human figure in art. Learning traditional and non-traditional techniques, campers explore the diversity of human anatomy from compositional sketching to claymation and stop-motion animation. Design a fashion accessory, practice yoga and learn a dance move or two. Mornings focus on hands-on art projects with afternoons devoted to play time and physical activities that get you moving! Work side by side with local teaching artists and get your groove on with the Body in Motion!

Summer Jazz Workshops with Mike Eben, Session I*
June 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon, Roop Hall, $75/week or $125/both sessions

Saxophonist and music educator Mike Eben’s summer camps offer aspiring musicians the chance to learn from renowned guest artists while providing basic instruction on how to improvise using major scales and modes, including blues scales. Participants learn how to accompany soloists and perform solos. Piano, guitar, bass and drums for rhythm section also welcome. Must be able to read music, play several scales from memory, and be entering 7th grade (or older) by fall 2015.

Summer Meet & Make #4: Over Exposure, Exploring Forms of Photography
Sun., June 21, 2 p.m., Freedman Gallery


JULY

Summer Jazz Workshops with Mike Eben, Session II*
July 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon, Roop Hall, $75/week or $125/both sessions

 


Art Departments at Albright College

The Center for the Arts houses five different academic departments.  All of the departments exhibit or perform their work both in the CFA and around campus.


Student Arts Organizations

The Center for the Arts is home to many student art groups including:

  • Albright Angels – An all-woman a capella group
  • Mane Men – An all-man a capella group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Women’s Chorale
  • Concert Choir
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Albright AM - Albright's Arts magazine
  • The Domino Players  – Theatre troupe
  • MEISA - Music Entertainment Industry Student Association