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Theater and Music


Located in the midst of Minneapolis's vibrant fine arts community, MCTC has many opportunities for students interested in music and theater. Students involved in our performing arts programs are able to work with faculty members who are both experienced instructors and practicing artists. Most of these offerings are available for both credit or non-credit participation. Community members who are not currently MCTC students may participate through Continuing Education.


MCTC offers several different musical ensembles for you to choose from. Our diverse student population is reflected in our global and multicultural approach to music. Students may register for credit by using the listed course designators (such as MUSL 1330), or may participate without credit by contacting the appropriate director, listed below the ensemble descriptions.

Instrumental Ensembles

Chamber Ensemble

  • The MCTC Chamber Ensemble (MUSC 1330) is for instrumentalists who enjoy learning and performing works composed for chamber groups from a variety of genres and styles including classical, pop, and folk. Participants must provide their instrument with the exception of piano and some percussion. Chamber Ensemble meets Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 in F2600.

Jazz Ensemble

  • The MCTC Jazz Ensemble (MUSC 1340) is for instrumentalists who enjoy learning and performing Jazz styles from New Orleans to Fusion with an emphasis on combo, rather than Big Band. Participants must provide their instrument with the exception of piano, amplifiers, and drum trap set. Jazz Ensemble meets Mondays from 5:30-7:30 in F2600.

For more information about the instrumental ensembles, contact the director: Yolanda Williams.


College Choir

  • The MCTC College Choir (MUSC 1310) is made up of members of the MCTC community who love to sing. No previous musical background is required for membership in this chorus, and there is no need to audition. All you need is a willingness to work hard, a love of music, and a desire to sing with others. The College Choir meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45-2:00 in F2600.

Vocal Ensemble

  • The MCTC Vocal Ensemble (MUSC 1320) is a choir made up of members of the MCTC community who have some previous musical experience, and want more of a musical challenge. The Vocal Ensemble meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15-12:30 in F2700.

For more information about the choirs, contact the director: Elizabeth Pauly. You may also want to check out the choir website.


If theater is your interest, let the stage be your learning lab. Experience the exhilaration of performing on three different stages––proscenium, thrust stage or black box––as part of the program’s faculty-directed productions each year. MCTC is in the heart of a vibrant theater community that includes multiple stages, including the internationally acclaimed Guthrie Theater.

Minneapolis is known as being second to New York in live theater and is the third-largest theater market after New York and Chicago.

There are countless opportunities at MCTC and in Minneapolis for acting, directing, designing or going to see productions. We have two Main stage productions each year on campus, where our students creatively collaborations with faculty, community members and artists-in-residence.

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