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Visual & Performing Arts

Student Arts & Music Organizations

Student Arts Organizations/Performance Opportunities

In keeping with Merrimack’s commitment to the arts, all students – whether they choose a Visual & Performing Arts Major, or Minor, or simply just wish to participate – have opportunities to express themselves, collaborate with others, and explore a variety of artistic activities. From student-run organizations to faculty-supervised groups to on-campus performances by top professionals, there are always ways to be a part of Merrimack’s vibrant arts community.




The Merrimack Film Club was established in the fall of 2015. Its purpose is to help members of the Merrimack community deepen their understanding of cinematic history and innovation, as well as broaden their intellectual and creative horizons. The Film Club gives students new opportunities to use film as an artistic medium for individual expression, while creating new networks of colleagues and friends.

The Merrimack Film Club typically sponsors two, full-length lectures during the academic year, as well as two on-campus film festivals during the spring semester.

The  Merrimack Film Club hopes to make an impact on campus by continuously exploring new creative directions. The Club welcomes new members who are interested in helping shape Merrimack’s film environment.

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Check you this new video interview from former Film Club President Mike Ralphs!

For more information contact either
General E-mail
Olivia Lombardo

Situated in the Rogers Center for the Arts, the McCoy Gallery hosts several exhibits each year. The Gallery serves as an on-campus showcase for professional artists practicing in a wide range of styles.

In addition to giving students the opportunity to engage with professional-quality work, the McCoy Gallery also offers student internships, through which students can learn how to research and interact with artists, curate an exhibition, and manage a professional art gallery. At the end of each academic year, the McCoy Gallery is opened to student artists for a group show.

For information, contact:
David Raymond
Professor, Art and Director of McCoy Gallery

The Thagaste Gallery, also located in the Rogers Center for the Arts, was established to showcase artwork created by students, faculty and community artists. Internships for students are also available through the Thagaste Gallery.

For information, contact:
Richard Piatt
Director Rogers Center for the Arts and Professor of Practice in Theatre

The Art Warriors is a student-run arts organization. Its mission is to help students experience and create art in a creative environment outside of the classroom. Typically, members of the Art Warriors curate student art exhibitions, participate in the creation of set designs for campus theatrical productions, and engage in a variety of other visual arts-oriented activities.

Art Warriors on Facebook

For information, contact:
Heather Sciacca

In addition to its core mission of supporting and assisting the learning process by providing the highest quality technology and instruction, the Media Center offers students a supportive environment where they can collaborate, explore creative ideas and become visually literate, independent developers and users of new media.

Learn more about the Media Center

For information, contact:
Kevin Salemme
Media Center Director



Students who share a love of dance are invited to try out for the Merrimack Dance Team. The Team performs regularly at home basketball and football games, participates in the College’s Homecoming and “Midnight Madness” activities, and produces its own shows, Merrimack’s Best Dance Crew and Dancing with the Stars, which are open to students who are not members of the Team. An end-of- the-year performance showcases all the routines developed over the course of the year. The Dance Team also trains to compete at the annual National Dance Alliance (NDA) competition, held in Daytona, Florida. For two years in a row, the Team has gone to the NDA Finals and continues to work hard to advance.

For information, contact:

The Dance Club, also known as the Merrimack College Dancers, is a non-competitive club that’s open to all students. The Club welcomes all dance styles and levels of experience. Although it is not considered an athletic team on campus, members of the Club hold themselves to that high standard.

The Merrimack College Dancers rehearse two to three days a week and perform at many different venues across the campus.

Dance Club on YouTube

For information, contact:
Megan McCoy



The Merrimack Concert Choir performs a wide range of choral music, from classical to Broadway to contemporary pieces. The group performs a solo concert at the end of each semester and also appears at many Merrimack events on and off campus.

Concert Choir can be taken as an elective course.

For information, contact:
Dr. Hugh Hinton
Concert Choir Director

Merrimack’s concert Jazz Ensemble performs onstage in the Rogers Center for the Arts twice a year, as well as at many other events on campus. The Ensemble explores the range of jazz styles, from classic swing to jazz-rock fusion. Students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of improvisation, while also playing in a section using sheet music.

Jazz Ensemble can be taken as an elective course.

For information, contact:
Chris Gagne
Jazz Ensemble Director

The Merrimack College Jazz Workshop is a summer program for greater Merrimack Valley students in grades 7–10. The Workshop offers an enjoyable balance of educational and performance activities over four days of intensive music study. Large and small ensemble playing, jazz theory and history, as well as improvisational lessons are all covered during the Workshop. Merrimack students are eligible for internships working alongside faculty during the Workshop.

Visit The Merrimack College Jazz Workshop webpage to learn more.

For information, contact:
Chris Gagne
Music Director

The popularity of a cappella has soared in recent years. Mackapella is the College’s own student-run, 16-voice a cappella group. The group sings the best of contemporary vocal arrangements and performs at a variety of different events during the academic year. Membership in the group is by audition.

Mackapella on Facebook

For information, contact:
Laura Moore Pruett
Chair of Visual & Performing Arts
Associate Professor of Music

“Schola” is a Latin term for a liturgical music ensemble. The Merrimack Schola performs regularly at Mass and chapel services on campus, as well as at interfaith events. The group is open to all singers and instrumentalists in the Merrimack community. Made up primarily of undergraduates, The Schola is also open to graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Musicians from all faiths (or no faith) are welcome to join in to create a vibrant, energized and inclusive liturgical experience.

Merrimack Schola can be taken as an elective course.

For information, contact:
Dr. Hugh Hinton
Schola Director

Pep Band represents the sound and spirit of the Merrimack student body. Open to all majors, this instrumental group rehearses once a week and performs at all men’s Division I home and playoff hockey games. With music that ranges from the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army to Take On Me, by a-ha, the band helps create a fun and exciting atmosphere whenever it plays.

Pep Band can be taken as an elective course.

For information, contact:
Paul Geresy
Pep Band Director

This student-run theatrical organization offers opportunities for singers on-stage and instrumentalists in the orchestra pit. This group is a campus favorite and produces two major productions each year.



The OnStagers Dramatic Society is one of Merrimack College’s oldest and most successful student-run organizations. The group produces two theatrical performances each academic year. OnStagers is completely student-run, with executive officer positions chosen by the group’s membership each year. The purpose of the OnStagers Dramatic Society is to foster, teach and advance the performing arts at Merrimack College. Recent productions have included Black ComedyAvenue Q, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, Moon Over Buffalo, Our Town, RENTThe Producers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Next to Normal, and Tartuffe.

Certain OnStagers productions can be taken for course credit. To learn more about how to register, contact the group’s director.

For information, contact:

Joey Colbert
OnStagers President


Each year, faculty members from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts work together with students to produce two to three theatre productions. Professional guest artists may be invited to participate, and students from all Majors can choose to audition, or work in off-stage supporting roles. In a short time, the VPA productions have become an exciting and valuable addition to the College’s theatre schedule. Past performances have included Cabaret, Big Love, How I Learned to Drive, The 9/11 Effect, Doubt, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Macbeth, True West, Red Herring, and The Shape of Things.

View audition, crew, and performance information >>

View the upcoming Rogers Center of the Arts schedule >>

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Sills, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theatre


Laura Moore Pruett
Chair of Visual & Performing Arts
Associate Professor of Music