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    Arts & Culture

  • To be human is to create. Writing. Designing. Performing. Curating. Sculpting. Whether we’re the creator or the consumer, creative expression shapes who we are as a community. It informs our perspective, influences our conversations, inspires our actions and evolves our understanding — of self, of humanity, of our place in the world.

    From the innovative craft of our students to the masterful work of our faculty, to invited guest performers, Pulitzer Prize winners, accomplished orators, filmmakers, painters, sculptors and more, Capital University helps fuel the artistic and cultural life that makes Central Ohio a destination place.

    It is our privilege to share our work, and the creations of those we host, with the community. Through our renown Conservatory of Music, The Schumacher Gallery, Electronic Media and Film, Art, and University Theatre programs, and our robust lecture series in the humanities (Gerhold), undergraduate research, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning, Faculty Scholars and more Capital shapes perspectives, conversations and values. We improve lives. We impact our world. We invite you to join us.


    Annual Events

    Jazz & World Music Festival

    Capital University's Conservatory of Music Jazz & World Music Festival features student music, faculty and guest ensemble concerts, and world-class jazz artists in clinics, workshops, and in concert throughout the period. All events are free and open to the public unless marked otherwise. 

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    NOW MUSIC Festival  

    NOW MUSIC Festival is a celebration of contemporary music — primarily the 20th- and 21st-century art music styles, but also including progressive jazz and popular music most years. This annual festival is one of the most comprehensive and diversified celebrations of contemporary music and its composers presented in the Midwest.


    Wind Band Invitational and Reading Clinic

    Capital University’s annual Wind Band Invitational and New Band Music Reading Clinic is a prestigious event which connects talented high school musicians, renowned composers, conductors and music educators, and the best new concert band music for two days of rigorous reading, learning, and performing the newest and most compelling selections available for concert bands.  

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning 

    Every January, the Capital University community celebrates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning. Citizens of Central Ohio delight in an opportunity to be challenged by the keynote speaker, engage in meaningful dialogue with students, staff and faculty during the workshops, and enjoy the hospitality of our campus.  


    Christmas Festival 

    Featuring performances by the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, Women's Chorus, The Chordsmen, Philomel and a variety of instrumentalists, Capital University’s annual Christmas Festival is a long-standing holiday tradition enjoyed by the university, its friends and the greater Columbus community. 


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