About the Department of Music and Theatre

group photo of music and theatre students at park
  • $200k+
    Scholarships awarded in 2021-22
  • 93%
    Job Placement (2020)
  • 1000+
    students involved in Bands and Orchestra, 300 Choir members, 200 Theatre members

Welcome to the Iowa State University Department of Music & Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre offers a strong undergraduate music and theatre program, where students study with full-time faculty professionals in a supportive environment that encourages students to become their best.

Our faculty

Faculty in the Department of Music and Theatre represent a distinguished combination of professional and academic excellence.  Learn more.


At Iowa State University students have the opportunity to perform in beautiful facilities that are designed to enhance and showcase performances. Classrooms, auditoriums, theaters, and other facilities are equipped with the technology and equipment to ensure a high-quality education and student experience. Learn more.


Iowa State University is one of the nation's oldest and most respected land-grant universities. Created by the Iowa General Assembly in 1858, the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm was designated the nation's first land-grant college when Iowa became the first state to accept terms of the federal Morrill Act in 1864. Since 1959, the institution has been known as Iowa State University of Science and Technology.  Learn more.

Mission and vision

The Department of Music and Theatre is committed to a philosophy of education that draws its goals from the larger purposes of liberal arts education and from the guidelines of its accrediting agency, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The primary aims of the department are to prepare students for a variety of professions in music, theatre, and the performing arts, to provide all students with educational experiences that will enhance their understanding of and aesthetic sensitivity to music, theatre, and the performing arts, and to serve as a vital force in the cultural life of the university, the community, and throughout the state and nation. The activities of the department reflect the university's commitment to excellence in teaching, creativity, and service.

The Mission of ISU Theatre is to empower citizen artistry by engaging students and the community in transformative theatre and performing arts experiences which examine the human condition, encourage lifelong learning, teach artistic skills, prepare professionals, inspire empathy, explore creativity, build relationships, and embrace diversity.  

Brad Dell, Chair Department of Music and Theatre
Brad Dell - Chair, Department of Music and Theatre