WHY MIDLAND Performing Arts?

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a liberal arts college providing relevant opportunities in more than 30 academic areas, four graduate programs, and a variety of professional studies programs to students at both their Fremont and Omaha locations.

Midland Performing Arts guides students in all areas of the arts, offering education, performance, and opportunities in Theatre, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Dance, Technical Arts, and Speech & Debate. At Midland, students are encouraged to "Do Things Differently.

Midland's bold approach of working from the marketplace back provides students with the highly sought-after skills needed to learn and lead in the world with purpose. 

Offering innovative degrees in Arts Management, and Music Education, the next generation of performing artists and leaders is being trained at Midland University. 

Pursue Your Passion

Don’t give up what you love to do if you aren't going to major in it. Scholarships are available in all areas of the performing arts, even if you are not pursuing a performing arts degree.

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DO IT ALL

The modern performer doesn’t have one single skill set anymore. Midland doesn’t limit the opportunities that our students can participate in because we know that the more versatile an artist that you are, the more marketable you are to a variety of businesses.

The performing arts builds their schedule so that you can do it all: Choir, Band, Theatre, Speech, Tech, and Dance, all while keeping that GPA up.

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READY TO BECOME A WARRIOR?

We Are A Family on campus

Being involved in the arts automatically gives you a community of friends who understand you and enjoy the same things you do.

You’re more than just a number here, you’re a person.

This is a place where people actually know your name -- and your dreams -- and stop at nothing to see you succeed. People say it’s like a family here, but we think you should experience it for yourself.

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ANNE SORENSEN-WANG,

DIRECTOR OF PERFORMING ARTS,

B.M.E., University of Nebraska, Lincoln M.M., Arizona State University

Anne’s background is in both music education and performance, and she strives to make a positive impact on her community by serving as a leader and supporter of organizations that focus on education and the arts.

Anne taught 4th-12th grade orchestra in the Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, Arizona, and in the Millard Public Schools in Omaha, Nebraska. She’s also served as a faculty member at the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory and the Philadelphia International Music Festival. She currently performs as a violinist with the Lincoln Symphony and Sioux City Symphony, and has played with many other ensembles including Arizona Opera, the Omaha Symphony, and MusicaNova.

Anne received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she graduated with High Distinction. During her time at UNL, Anne was invited to join Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society, and was awarded the Vreeland Award for Creativity in Music. Anne completed her Master of Music in Violin Performance degree at Arizona State University where she was awarded a Special Talent Award Scholarship and served as the Teaching Assistant for the violin studio of Dr. Jonathan Swartz.

Anne is originally from Fremont, Nebraska, and is happy to have moved back home with her husband, Chunyang Wang.


Contact Anne by calling 402.941.6339 or by emailing sorensen-wang@midlandu.edu.

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KYLE THOMAS, ASST.

DIRECTOR OF PERFORMING ARTS,

B.F.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.Ed., Grand Canyon University

As assistant director, Kyle oversees all performing arts marketing and enrollment. Kyle has a specific passion for Arts Management, having previously worked for companies such as the Minneapolis School of Business and the Lincoln Journal Star. Before moving to Nebraska, Kyle also worked as a professional director, music director, and choreographer in Minneapolis for organizations such as Tyrol Hills Music, Young Artists Initiative, Artistry MN, and Freshwater Theatre. A Kansas City native, Kyle has also worked with MTKC, Starlight Theatre, and Chestnut Fine Arts.


Contact Kyle by calling 402.941.6217 or by emailing thomask@midlandu.edu.

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KATHY HAYS,

DIRECTOR OF ARTS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT,

B.S., Creighton University, M.S., Creighton University

Kathy’s job is to ensure the success and satisfaction of all of the performing arts students. Kathy is a lifelong educator whose 35-year career involved working with students from kindergarten through high school. She was a classroom teacher, gifted facilitator, and even a show choir director. Kathy lives in Elkhorn with her husband, Dan. They have two children - Caitie, the director of theater at Fremont High School; and Patrick, a Midland alum with a Bachelor's degree in music education who teaches vocal music at Aspen Creek Middle School in Gretna, Nebraska. Kathy feels very fortunate to work every day with the talented and hard-working performing arts students at Midland.


Contact Kathy by calling 402.941.6424 or by emailing haysk@midlandu.edu.