Performing Arts Programs & Coursework | Thomas Nelson Community College

Performing Arts Programs & Coursework

In a move to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 amid a surging new variant, Thomas Nelson (becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College) is switching most of its classes from in-person to virtual for the first two weeks of spring semester. Read more.

The Performing Arts Department is pleased to offer two programs in the performing arts: 

Performing opportunities

The department of Performing Arts at Thomas Nelson Community College includes opportunities for performance and coursework in Music and Theater.

The department is rapidly expanding and will be increasing course offerings continually. All courses and ensembles are open to any TNCC student.

  • Thomas Nelson Concert Choir – MUS 137
  • Annual musical productions each autumn
  • Plays presented each spring
  • Operettas staged each summer


  • CST 131-132 – Acting I & II (should be taken in sequence)
  • CST 136 – Theatre/Musical Theatre Workshop
  • CST 145 – Stagecraft
  • CST 252 – Costume and Makeup for the Theatre
  • DAN 163-164 – Jazz I & II
  • MUS 101 – Basic Musicianship
  • MUS 111-112 – Music Theory and Ear Training I & II
  • MUS 121-122 – Music Appreciation I & II (do not need to be taken in sequence)
  • MUS 137 – Thomas Nelson Concert Choir
  • MUS 136 – Applied Voice
  • MUS 141-142 – Class Piano I & II (should be taken in sequence)
  • MUS 145 – Applied Piano
  • MUS 155 – Applied Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet or Saxophone


Thomas Nelson Performing Arts students have been accepted into arts programs at the following institutions: 

  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)
  • American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
  • Bournemouth University (England)
  • Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts) 
  • Christopher Newport University 
  • George Mason University 
  • Marymount Manhattan 
  • Middlesex University (England)
  • Richmond International University (England)
  • Old Dominion University 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • William and Mary College