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Touring Performances

The McGlothlin Center for the Arts presents artists of regional, national and international fame every year. The MCA strives to showcase artists and performing styles that are not frequently featured in Southwest Virginia, providing E&H students and the greater community with the opportunity to experience artists at the cutting edge of their fields.

Student Performances

Many opportunities are available to students to participate in music ensembles and theatre productions. Both majors and non-majors are encouraged to audition at the start of every semester. Senior art majors give exhibitions under the guidance of faculty to showcase their work.

Faculty Exhibitions & Performances

Emory & Henry arts faculty members are all celebrated artists in their fields beyond working with their students. They give frequent recitals and exhibitions, perform in various ensembles, conduct local music groups, or direct, design or act in professional theatre productions. Many of these outside activities are brought to campus to share with the community. 


Lyceum designates an opportunity to encounter the liberal arts through special events on campus.  Each year, Emory & Henry features concerts, lectures, theatre and dance performances, films, exhibits, and poetry readings that help to complete your academic experience. The vast majority of these events are part of the college’s popular Lyceum program

Upcoming Performances:

  • The Legacy Featuring Michael Austin ’75

    October 15, 3:00pm

    Michael Austin ’75 is an internationally acclaimed opera star. Austin, who was the first African American tenor to sing the role of Otello in a U.S. opera house, has developed a worldwide reputation for his exceptional performance of this famous character.

    After graduating from Emory & Henry, Austin, a native of Wytheville, continued his music studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and with the Juilliard School of Music. He has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Festival, where he was named Outstanding Apprentice Artist.

    His life and career are not only a testament to the importance of arts education at Emory & Henry; they are a point of pride for an institution that values service. Austin, appreciating the guidance that he received from such mentors as Chick Davis, has devoted much of his time to assisting younger performers, encouraging them to embrace their gifts and remain steadfast in the face of challenges.

    In this spirit, we hope that you will join the McGlothlin Center for the Arts in its efforts to enrich the lives of E&H students through the arts and arts programming.

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