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Create Art. Create Yourself in the Process

At. St. Olaf, creativity is cultivated, respected and nourished. In fact, we’re one of only three liberal arts colleges that offers fully accredited majors in art, dance, music and theater.

Photo: Veselica Spring Performance
by Steven Garcia ’20

You’ve probably heard of our music program: St. Olaf bands, choirs and orchestras are world-renowned. Our art program is highly esteemed too—with a proven track record of preparing students for graduate school in architecture and museum studies, and for careers as illustrators, photographers, and makers of art. Our dance and theater programs launch graduates into conservatory programs and performing careers.

Learn more about our fine arts scholarships.

1/3 of Oles participate in music








jazz ensembles


handbell choirs

150+ recitals and concerts each year


theater productions


art museum


dance companies

I remember the conviction I had the moment I realized conducting was what I had to pursue for the rest of my life.

Paulo Gladney ’19
St. Olaf Choir Member
Music Education Major

I’m very grateful for being able to study at a place where I can learn unconventional academic intersections.

Iris Burbank ’18
Studio Art and Environmental Studies Major

Students who partake in the St. Olaf Theater Department are encouraged to grow as artists, scholars, and members of the wider community.

Joshua Horst ’19
Jesus Christ Superstar

My involvement with the music ensembles at St. Olaf has provided me with the priceless opportunity to pursue music at a high level without compromising academic goals.

Olav Serres ’19
The St. Olaf Orchestra

Each interaction with the faculty and my fellow dancers helps me grow intellectually and in my movement. I would not trade dancing on the Hill for anything.

Georgia Wagnild ’20
Dance and Psychology Major


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