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The Department of Performing Arts

The Department of Performing Arts


On behalf of McNeese State University and the Department of Performing Arts, welcome! We are committed to ensuring your success with individual attention, a variety of performance opportunities, and hands-on experience in your chosen field. While our faculty is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for their work as teachers, performers, and scholars, we are committed first to the art of teaching and preparing you for a rewarding career in the arts.

Our department provides a wealth of performance opportunities ranging from small and large ensembles, dramatic productions, and individualized instruction. With our new fine arts facility, additional rehearsal space and a state-of-the-art theatre only enhances this training.  Please view our video highlighting our programs!

In order to be fully prepared for the multifaceted aspects of working as an artist and educator today, it is important that hands-on training be provided for all students and our faculty has worked tirelessly to ensure the quality of these experiences. Theatre majors are expected to take part in all aspects of a production, backstage and on-stage; music education majors gain teaching experience well before their senior year through service-learning opportunities in our instrumental method classes and through our National String Project Consortium siteExternal Link; and in addition to the many performance opportunities we have for all students, experiences and collaboration with visiting artists of national reputation are provided.
As you consider the high quality of our programs, I also invite you to look carefully at the Cost of Attendance page. You will find that we offer a good value as well. When you combine our low cost of attendance with a service-award or scholarship from our department, then that cost becomes lower. Please go to our Music Scholarships page for further information and an on-line, music scholarship application form.
Thank you for visiting with us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me personally. I will be happy to speak with you.
Dr. Lonny Benoit - Department Head
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  • SFAA Theatre
  • Band Hall
  • TASC lab
  • Piano lab

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Contact Us

Mailing address

Performing Arts Department
MSU Box 92175
Lake Charles, LA 70609

Physical address

MSU Performing Arts Department
340 E. Sale Road
Lake Charles, LA 70609