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  • NEXUS: Renowned Percussionists Give Workshop and Concert

    New York Times has called them “the high priests of the percussion world.” Percussionist/composer Steve Reich says, “probably the most acclaimed percussion group on earth.” On campus, March 6th.

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  • Azuline Duo: Flute and Guitar Lunchtime Concert

    Award-winning musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar) present rarely heard pieces, both historical and contemporary on March 3rd. Free!

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  • Broadleaf Theatre: The Chemical Valley Project

    This urgent production delves gracefully into difficult conversations on Indigenous treaty rights, the nature of contemporary Canadian identity and values, and Canada’s notorious “Chemical Valley”.

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  • Designing Paradise: Public Events

    Rethinking McMaster’s West Campus, featuring four panel discussions and one collaborative session. January 13, 20, and March 9.

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  • The Graham Todd Memorial Scholarship Exhibition

    Showcasing works from past award recipients, alongside select pieces from the late Graham Todd. In the President’s Corridor, now through April 2020.

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  • Studio Art Portfolio Interviews

    Would you like to apply to our Studio Art program? Find out more here.

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  • Music Auditions 2020

    The audition consists of different parts, which gives us the chance to assess your aural, performance and theory skills.

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  • Concerts at McMaster 2019-2020

    An exciting line-up of performances in the new LR Wilson Concert Hall!

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  • Transforming the School of the Arts

    Provost David Farrar talks about transforming the delivery of arts programming at McMaster.

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School of the Arts


Welcome to the School of the Arts (SOTA) where we offer intensive programs in Studio Art, Art History, Music & Music Cognition and Theatre & Film Studies.

Our Vision

Empower students to act as engaged global citizens who contribute to the transformative roles of the arts in society.

Our Mission

To offer niche programs in Art, Art History, Music and Theater & Film Studies in an interdisciplinary School of the Arts supported by staff and faculty dedicated to high quality teaching and research.  Through close connection with faculty we promote excellence in artistic production in all its diverse forms, as well as critical, theoretical analysis and study in historical and contemporary contexts.

Our Values

Through creative arts practices, critical analysis and experiential learning we ignite curiosity and inspire students to question and engage as contributors in their immediate communities and broader society.  Our values are rooted in a commitment to diversity and multi-faceted learning experiences.

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