Student Life

The Arts

The play bow

Creativity Abounds at the Mount!

Mount Saint Mary College encourages students to let their creativity shine in whatever way they best express themselves - writing, singing, acting, painting, designing, producing, and more. Sharing your creativity is very personal, so you'll find that participating in the arts at the Mount fosters close knit friendships and support.

Engaging in the creative process is a campuswide effort. At the Mount, you are not just a student, but also a fellow collaborator in the creative process. You'll find yourself working side-by-side with the faculty and staff while singing in the spring concert, producing a documentary, performing in the bi-annual theatre production, and putting together the school newspaper. Additionally, each year the Mount sets aside a time to appreciate the creativity on campus with a Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, a time to recognize all of the creative achievements of our faculty, staff, and students.

With the Mount's long history in liberal arts education, we recognize that involvement in the creative arts enhances every student's learning, no matter their major or area of expertise. Our students consistenly remark that being part of the arts on campus allowed them to form strong friendships, develop their skills, and learn valuable life lessons. So go on - embrace your creativity. Who knows? Maybe you'll find your passion!

Performing Arts

The play rehearsalThe Mount offers a wide variety of opportunities for students interested in acting and the theatrical process. Our MSMC Theatre group has a rich history of presenting comedies, dramas, musicals, and original plays during the semesterly theatre production. Alumni from the program walk away with a deep appreciation for the program and credit it for their confidence, their relationships with faculty and friends, and some of their best college experiences. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Different Stages, the student-run theatre club that puts on several shows throughout the semester, and Improvology, a student club that focuses specifically on developing the techniques of improvisation. The Mount also offers minors in theatre arts and theatre arts and music to complement a student's other academic pursuits. Read more...


Find your voice at the Mount! Students have the opportunity to join the Mount Saint Mary College Choir, led by director Durward Entrekin, professor of music. Each year, the members of the choir (which consists of students, faculty, and staff) hold a Christmas Vespers concert for the Mount community as well as a spring concert every April. Students can also explore their musical talents through Knight Notes, the Mount's acapella group; Musical Exchange, which hosts weekly jam sessions for those who play instruments; and informal coffee house style events hosted by the Student Government Assocation. Read more...

The Mount Saint Mary College Choir performs the annual Christmas Vespers for the college community in the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary.

Visual Arts

The Mount is proud to feature several art galleries around campus with pieces by students, faculty, and staff; Mount presenters; and friends of the community. We also have several prints in Aquinas Hall by Salvatore Dali, gifted to the college following his visit here in 1963. Students' and instructors' achievements in the visual arts are also celebrated periodically with art shows on campus, including the yearly Desmond Campus Art Show and the Art, Reality, Truth Show in Spring 2017 run by senior media studies student Danangelowe Spencer as his senior project. Students interested in honing their creative skills can choose to take classes in art through a minor in art, community education art classes at our Desmond campus, or in an informal setting through the college's Get Creative and Knitting Knights clubs.

Creative Writing

Mount messenger with logo students working togetherMount students are encouraged to explore the written word through several outlets at the college. Mount Messenger, the college newspaper which covers college news and events as well as student opinion and advice columns, gives students the opportunity to gain experience in both writing for and running a newspaper. You can also join the Literary Society or Essence of Poetry, which publish collections of students' works and develop techniques for the written word, or help organize Thyme, the student Yearbook. Various departments on campus also set aside specific time to celebrate writing; for example, the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center hosts a poetry Open Mic event each April during National Poetry Month, and the Writing Center holds a writing contest each year with prizes for the winners. Students of any major can also declare a concentration in writing to complement their degree and increase their marketability.

commercial camera filmingFilm and Media

Consisting of Mount media studies majors, the college houses its own creative agency, Mount Media, that produces videos for nonprofits in the area, including Newburgh Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, and more. The college also hosts a CMA show each year featuring students' video work from our communication arts division and staffs Knight Productions, which provides videotaping for special events on campus, including live streaming of Christmas Vespers, athletic games, and Commencement.