Student Activities

Performing Arts

Immersed in Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage, John Cabot University is positively influenced by the country’s long tradition of excellence in the performing arts. Below is a list of our current activities.
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Italy has always been the land of great musicians and composers and John Cabot University is proud to offer students a chance to experience and be part of the world of music through joining the John Cabot Chamber Orchestra or participating in the Open Mics to support humanitarian and social causes on campus.

John Cabot Chamber Orchestra
The John Cabot Chamber Orchestra is open to both amateurs and professional musicians who have a background in music studies. The main goal of this group is to be a point of reference for unpublished authors and to perform in many locations in and around Rome.

Open Mics
These music events are organized for the current student body in order to promote their talent in the music field and get involved in the JCU community. These events are organized to bring up social issues to the attention of the JCU community.

John Cabot University Choir
The John Cabot University Choir, more commonly known as the John Cabot University Singers, meets once a week on Tuesdays. They welcome all levels singers, from experienced to beginners and their repertoire includes works by Palestrina, Amy Winehouse, folk songs, and themes from musicals. The Choir performs at many JCU events. Their most recent performance was at an annual concert with the Mani Bianchi singers, who sign in Italian Sign Language. The Director of the Choir is Mrs. Paige Short and her philosophy is that everyone can sing; you just need the right songs. 

JCU Band
The JCU Band is an extra-curricular gathering of students on John Cabot University premises to promote a passion for music. The band welcomes all instruments, and rehearsals are open to everybody. No formal auditions are necessary.


Theatre Society
The student-run JCU Theatre Society performs classical, modern and contemporary pieces. The society meets weekly for exercises, practice and show rehearsals. There are multiple performances per semester where students can hone their talents for acting and directing, and also learn the craft by being stage managers or production assistants. So not only do students gain a theoretical understanding of the art of theatre, but they also develop the practical skills that are part of this world.

Past Shows
Spring 2016: The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
Fall 2016: Halloween Extravaganza and Afternoon At The Seaside by Agatha Christie
Spring 2017: Awesome 80s Prom and Shel's Shorts by Shel Silverstein
Fall 2017: Baby With The Bathwater by Christopher Durang
Spring 2018: Almost, Maine by John Cariani

Performing Arts Company

The Performing Arts Company’s goal is to create a group of music lovers who would like to commit to performing in a musical. Study abroad and degree-seeking student actors, singers, and dancers are welcome! We are also looking for people who would like to help with music, scenery, stage management, technical assistance or make-up. This amazing teamwork and development of self-expression and personal skills culminate in beautiful productions put on for the JCU community and the public every semester. 

Past Shows 
Fall 2011: Into the Woods
Spring 2012: Chicago
Fall 2012: The Wiz 
Spring 2013: Grease
Fall 2013: The JCU Musical Mashup
Spring 2014: Nine: the Musical  
Fall 2015: The Addams Family
Fall 2016: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Fall 2017: And The World Goes Round