Imagine. Create. Inspire.

The School of the Arts offers 15 bachelor's and graduate degrees through three academic programs and presents inspiring, thought-provoking, world-class visual and performing arts events year-round.

Support the Larry Engstrom Endowment for the Advancement of Jazz

In honor of the retirement of Dr. Larry Engstrom, the College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts have established the Larry Engstrom Endowment for the Advancement of Jazz which will further the strong jazz tradition he built at the University during his 34-year career.

Series | Festivals | Camps | Events

Signature events invite world-class performers, instruct exceptional students and are fun for all to listen.

Reno Jazz Festival The Reno Jazz Festival hosts jazz students, instructors, performers and fans to play, listen and learn at a three-day festival each spring.
Three men play guitar, bass and drums inside a rehearsal room
Performing Arts Series The School of the Arts hosts the signature Performing Arts Series each season with an incredible lineup of guest artists from all over the world.
Two women play a violin and a cello on stage during a performance
Lake Tahoe Music Camp Lake Tahoe Music Camp offers concert bands, jazz bands, chamber ensembles, music classes and its own private beach on Lake Tahoe for middle and high school students.
Young students playing percussion instruments outside

Foundation for artistic disciplines

The School’s degree programs in visual arts, music, theatre and dance prepare students to contribute as artists, educators and scholars.

News about the visual and performing arts

Get the latest news about School of the Arts events, highlights and opportunities.

Herz Gold Medal winner Nicole Shepherd

Nicole Shepherd is Herz Gold Medalist

Dual degree student a standout volunteer in community and accomplished musician

two-headed animal sculpture on an innertube on a water pond inside a gazebo

Magic and wonder experienced at Serendipity art exhibition

Art professor presents solo exhibition at conference in California

Group of award winners stand on stage during ceremony while holding up awards

College of Liberal Arts celebrates extraordinary achievements

The College of Liberal Arts recognized deserving individuals at annual awards ceremony