Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona

Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona

This video by communications student Heather Flaugh highlights performing arts opportunities available to students and community members at Penn State Altoona.

Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona

Explore opportunities in dance, music, theatre, and more! Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us!

An Ivyside Dance Ensemble dancer performs


Penn State Altoona is the home to the Ivyside Dance Ensemble, a resident student dance company, and Allied Motion Dance Co., a professional dance company comprised of dancers from the college and the public. In addition to these performance opportunities, Penn State Altoona also offers the Dance Studies minor.

Ivyside Side Vocal Ensemble in performance

Vocal Performance

Ivyside Pride is Penn State Altoona's premier vocal ensemble. The group has performed both nationally and internationally, including at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Strasbourg Cathedral, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Penn State Altoona also offers a minor in Vocal Studies.

A scene from Penn State Altoona's production of A Year With Frog and Toad

Theatre Arts

Penn State Altoona’s theatre arts program offers coursework in theatre history, performance, directing, design, and more. In addition, performance opportunities are available throughout the academic year.

Trumpets playing in a jazz band

Music Ensembles

Additional opportunities to perform include the following:

  • Pep Band—enroll in MUSIC 079
  • University Jazz Ensemble—enroll in MUSIC 084
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Performing Arts Faculty and Staff

Penn State Altoona boasts a robust and dedicated group of faculty and staff engaged in exceptional teaching. To contact a specific faculty or staff member, find them in our directory using the button below.