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students performing 'Chicago'

The cast of 'Chicago'

Ambrose is home to one of the finest performance venues in the Quad Cities: the Galvin Fine Arts Center, where you'll find professional performances by artists from around the world, productions by our own award-winning Theatre Department, instrumental and vocal ensembles engaging the entire community, and two wonderful art galleries, all under one roof.

What's more: St. Ambrose students can see it all for free. Past performances have included Riverdance fiddling sensation Eileen Ivers, Broadway and film star Anthony Rapp, and Chicago's famed Hubbard Street Dance. Ambrose students present a number of musical and theatre performances during the year in Galvin's 1,200-seat Allaert Auditorium, and display artwork in the galleries.

And whether you want to dive into an arts major, or simply want to take on another extracurricular activity, Ambrose offers programs in theatre, music and art.

  • The Theatre Department is consistently honored for its achievements on the stage and behind the scenes. With four mainstage musical and play productions and numerous studio theatre opportunities, students have ample opportunity to stand in the spotlight, design sets and lights, and even direct their own productions.
  • The Music Department offers a number of ensembles, all of which are open to all students regardless of major. From orchestras to chamber groups to jazz ensembles, students perform at a number of formal and informal events around the community (and sometimes, around the country).
  • The Art Department, founded by the late Fr. Edward Catich, gives students a liberal arts approach to studying their craft, preparing them for a lifelong involvement in the arts. Programs are offered in graphic design, fine arts, book arts, art education, and art history.