Arts & Culture

Rider has plenty of opportunities for students to follow their interest in the creative and performing arts. Whether you want to learn a new skill, to continue a more formal arts interest or attend a performance or exhibit, we have a program for you.


THEATER

Theater and Music Theater Productions
All students are welcome to audition for productions presented by Rider’s Westminster College of the Arts on both campuses throughout the year.

Alpha Psi Omega
Rider’s chapter of the national honorary theater society supports main-stage theater productions and produces its own shows throughout the year.
Advisor - Miriam Mills, millsm@rider.edu

Brown Water Coffee House
An open-mic coffeehouse held on Wednesday nights in the Rider Pub. All snacks and beverages are free. Come by and sing what you hummed in the shower this morning or recite what you wrote on the way.
President - Ian Smith, smithia@rider.edu
Advisor - n/a


DANCE

Rider Dance Team
A competitive modern dance group specializing in hip hop that performs at athletic events.
Advisor - TBD

Rider Dance Ensemble
A creative performance ensemble of current dance students and alumni that presents a series of performances each spring, including renowned dance professionals as guest artists.
Advisor - TBD


MUSIC

In addition to the curricular choirs on both campuses, Rider offers students interested in music many opportunities to perform.

Rider University Choir
Open to all members of the Rider University community who enjoy singing in an ensemble, it presents several concerts during the year.

Rider Vibes
A student-run a cappella ensemble based on the Lawrenceville campus whose members arrange and perform popular songs in fresh and interesting ways.
President - TBD
Advisor - Jaffir Rice, jrice@rider.edu

Deaftones
A student-run close-harmony a cappella ensemble based on the Westminster campus in Princeton that arranges and performs standards and popular songs and participates regularly in collegiate a cappella competitions.

VoiceMale
Rider’s Barbershop quartet.

Rider University Bronc Band
Open to all students who want to perform instrumental music, this ensemble presents two concerts each year.
President - Jennifer Huereca, huercaj@rider.edu
Advisor – J. Drew Procacicino, procaccino@rider.edu

Westminster Community Orchestra
Based at Westminster Conservatory, our community music school, the WCO is composed of community members and performs in Princeton several times each year.


CREATIVE WRITING

Writer’s Block
Rider’s student writing club dedicated to improving the literary life on campus by conducting writing workshops, organizing literary readings and bringing authors to campus.

On Fire!!
Rider’s student literary magazine of the African Diaspora

HerStory
Rider’s literary journal dedicated to the female experience. Both women and men are invited to submit photography, art, essays and literature.

Venture
Rider’s literary magazine welcomes submissions of students’ art and literature focusing on any topic.
General e-mail - venture@rider.edu
Advisor - Dr. Matthew Boyd Goldie, mgoldie@rider.edu

Horizons
Rider’s scholarly journal publishes the best scholarly student essays from across the disciplines.


FILM

Alternative Film Club
A student-run film series featuring screenings of recent independent and foreign films, as well as classic films—all chosen by students. Students introduce each film and lead lively discussions following the screening. Snacks are always served and sometimes pizza! In addition to watching films on campus, club members travel once each semester into New York City for a free press screening of a soon-to-be-released-movie. The club sponsors special events on campus like Movie Trivia Night at the Pub, with prizes for winners who know the most about movies!
President - Robert Mannice, mannanicer@rider.edu
Advisor - Dr. Cynthia Lucia, clucia@rider.edu


VISUAL ARTS

Rider University Gallery
Leading artists exhibit in the gallery throughout the academic year. Each exhibit includes the opportunity to meet the artist and learn more at an evening Artist Talk. The final exhibit each year features student work.


ARTS ADMINISTRATION

Rider's Arts Management Association
Rider AMA is a student-run, professionally-advised and supported organization of Arts Admin majors and minors which is structured and operates much like a real-world arts producing institution does.  The AMA engages and hosts professional guest speakers in the field, produces special professional development events such as the “RUCAST” networking brunch, provides support for arts productions and activities on campus and off, and functions as a valuable hands-on learning tool for future Arts Administrators.
Advisor - Todd Dellinger, tdellinger@rider.edu. 609-896-5246
Web site - Rider's AMA Facebook Page