The Performing Arts Department at PSC has had a long history of excellence. For more than fifty years, Pensacola State College has produced many outstanding musicians and actors such as Mark Markham, currently accompanist for Jessye Norman, the late Daisy Jackson, former vocal soloist for the U.S. Air Force Band and the U.S. Army Band, Antonio Guiliano, and playwright Nancy Hasty.
Pensacola State College has educated many outstanding band and choral directors and has prepared others for careers in other areas of music, theatre, and dance.
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The Performing Arts Department at PSC has a long history of excellence. Since its beginnings in 1957, this department has served thousands of students. PSC graduates can be seen in Broadway plays, Hollywood productions, and recording studios as well as directing church choirs and teaching college, high school and middle school students the joy of music. Members of the Friends of the Performing Arts Affinity Group support our talented students as they pursue their passions. The support of members enables our students to obtain new equipment, to earn a quality education, to practice in functional facilities, and to have exceptional opportunities. Friends of the Performing Arts not only support our students by giving financially, but also by being present at events.
Each year, the Department hosts the Lyceum Series which presents approximately fifteen events for the community to enjoy. Past guests include Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, and internationally known artists. From journalist Leonard Pitts to the Saint Louis Brass to Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, the Lyceum Series brings an eclectic group of presenters to our community. In 2019, artists included the Italian Saxophone Quartet, Second City Improv Troupe, and TheOnion.com co-founder, Scott Dikkers. PSC Performing Arts also presents three piano artists each year with the Kamerman Piano Series and showcases approximately 70 students from the Performing Arts Department.
In 2019, Friends of Performing Arts helped purchase microphones for the Ashmore Auditorium, to make it possible for six music students to attend PSC for the Fall and Spring terms in the amount of $3,000, and to raise $38,086.21 to support PSC Performing Arts.
Interested in supporting PSC Performing Arts?
Contact: Mikenzie Francis Donor Relations Coordinator 850-484-1560