Continuing a rich tradition of thriving arts programs, we offer a wide variety of music, theatre, film, lecture and exhibit programs for students, faculty and staff and the greater Fox Valley community. Many events are complimentary and open to the public.

Celebrating Arts and Ideas Series

The Celebrating Arts and Ideas series offers unique cultural experiences, free of charge, to the greater university community. Through diverse programming, we feature original and innovative thinkers whose ideas have the power to change our world. The showcase provides an array of entertainment, including musical performances, theatrical productions, art and museum exhibits, films, and educational and leadership presentations that reflect a deep appreciation for the arts. View our upcoming events at

Schingoethe Center of Aurora University

The Schingoethe Center, which houses both a museum and an art gallery in the Hill Welcome Center, showcases more than 6,000 pieces of Native American arts, artifacts and related materials. The center also hosts exhibitions and lectures by professional artists as well as students. For more information, visit

Music by the Lake

Each year, our George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin hosts a summer music festival on the shores of Geneva Lake. With a variety of performances for audiences of all ages such as big band, family programming, classical, musical theatre and contemporary entertainment, Music by the Lake offers a premier musical experience in an intimate lakeside setting. For more information, visit

Academic Programs

AU offers bachelor’s degree programs and undergraduate minors in music and theatre. Students of all majors are encouraged to participate in ensembles and theatre productions. For further information on AU majors and minors, visit