The Arts  
Mercer offers to the University and Central Georgia communities a variety of performing and visual arts programs that are both entertaining and educational. An expansive roster of cultural events boasts everything from nationally touring Broadway musicals presented at The Grand Opera House, to chamber concerts, faculty performances, cutting-edge drama and imaginative exhibitions. This impressive line-up creates an unparalleled feast for all the senses for Mercer students, faculty, staff and citizens of the area.

Mercer Music:

  • With its state-of-the-art recording equipment, the new Allan & Rosemary McCorkle Music Building provides boundless opportunities for students and faculty.
  • The nurturing of solid musicianship is cultivated in a rich liberal arts environment.
  • Music majors develop technique and skill on his/her instrument by receiving studio instruction from specialists in their field.
  • An integration of skill and knowledge instills self-reliance and flexibility that allows the music graduate to pursue a career in a changing and demanding profession.
  • Mercer Music Series produces and presents more than 40 concerts each year featuring students, faculty and guest artists.
  • Mercer University Opera is rapidly gaining a reputation as a regional leader.
  • Mercer Bands recently released a CD featuring jazz, wind and percussion ensembles.
  • Mercer music faculty are regularly booked for guest artist recitals at other universities and several Mercer music groups/ensembles tour and perform outside the Mercer setting.

Mercer Theater:

  • A firm foundation in all aspects of theatre production and presentation is provided for all students.
  • In addition to performance, qualified students direct, design sets, lights and costumes, and choreograph Mercer Theatre productions.
  • Each season, Mercer University Theatre produces four theatrical productions including classics and the latest works.
  • The Theatre utilizes two performance venues: The Backdoor Theatre, an intimate black box theatre, and The Grand Opera House, a historic landmark theatre seating more than 1,000.
  • Students have opportunities to work with visiting professional theatre artists regularly, including playwrights and stage combat directors.
  • Recently, Mercer University Theatre's production of Neil Simon's The Good Doctor toured Japan as one of only a few United States' theatre departments selected to tour/perform.

Mercer Art:

  • Fine arts skills and ideas are explored and developed by a talented well-seasoned faculty.
  • A foundation is laid through a thorough knowledge of drawing, color and design incorporating a broad understanding of art history from the beginning to current trends and criticism.
  • Studios are equipped for painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, black and white photography and sculpture.
  • Ceramics utilizes electric, gas and wood-fired kilns with sculpture using metal casting, welding, stone, wood carving and clay modeling.
  • Including faculty and students, the Mercer Art Department presents approximately 12 exhibitions annually, utilizing the Hardeman Art Gallery and the Tarver Library on the Macon campus.
  • Mercer art faculty are frequently commissioned and/or invited to exhibit/create work for regional sites.

The Grand Opera House:

  • This beautiful historic theatre in downtown Macon continues to thrive with increased attendance and programming under Mercer's guidance.
  • The 2001–2002 Broadway Series of nationally touring Broadway musicals and plays experienced record growth in subscriptions and is presenting professional productions of Footloose, My Fair Lady, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Cabaret and Ragtime.
  • GrandKids is an arts education program created by Mercer that serves more than 22,000 grade school children visits to The Grand. Each child's class is given preparatory video workshops prior to their visits, with activity sheets for post-performance work and exploration. Each GrandKid attends three professional performances during the year, with presentations of theatre, dance and music.
  • The Grand Opera House, complete with a new Steinway concert grand piano and Wenger orchestral sound shell, provides the perfect home for The Macon Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, The Central Georgia Opera Guild presents two internationally-touring professional opera productions each year. This year's offerings at The Grand include Cosi fan tutte and Rigoletto.
  • The Grand Opera House is also available for rental and continues to be a valuable community resource. Regional productions of The Nutcracker, The Civic Club and the Cherry Blossom Festival continue to flourish at The Grand under Mercer's care.
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