CAC Visual and Performing Arts Offers a Variety of Opportunities

by Angela Askey, Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Central Arizona College

The Central Arizona College Visual and Performing Arts division offers a variety of certificate and degree options, as well as performances that are enjoyed by hundreds of community members each year. 

The CAC Music Department is excited to debut a new two-year Associate’s Degree in Music beginning in fall 2019. This degree will be helpful not only for students who want to raise their level of music proficiency, but also for those who want to continue on at a university level to complete a four-year degree in music education, music composition, music performance, or music therapy, among other degree paths. As part of this degree, the CAC music department will continue to offer classes in music theory, class piano and voice, as well as private lessons for all instruments and voice.

Beginning in the fall, CAC will add the Central Arizona Symphony and Guitar Ensemble to the already established performance groups of Community Band, Choir, and Handbells.

Most recently directed by Kim Calderone, the Symphony is well-established and has performed at various locations in Pinal County. Stacey Seaman, professor of music explained, “We are excited about adding the Symphony to our CAC musical ‘family.’ The Music Department is in a period of restructuring and growth, and the addition of the Symphony will help us to reach even more local musicians and offer more musical opportunities to audiences in Pinal County.”

The Guitar Ensemble is a new performance group that will be based on the San Tan Campus, under the direction of CAC Guitar adjunct professor Keegan Norman. The purpose of the group is to give local classical guitarists an opportunity to hone their skills in a group performance setting. The Ensemble will meet weekly and perform a couple of times each year.

All local musicians are invited to join one of CAC’s performing groups. While musicians of various skill levels are welcome, previous musical experience is required for all instrumental groups, and directors reserve the right to approve membership for all groups.

The many events held at CAC enable cross collaboration and involve students in real-world applications. Students from the Digital Media Arts Degree, which specializes in graphic design and digital video and photography, use their skills to provide event posters, video and photography services to a variety of CAC events.

As, Sue Tatterson, Professor of Digital Media stated, “I believe the opportunity for students to be involved in the production of marketing materials for the events at CAC is so important. Not only for the experience of working on pieces that will be distributed and displayed publicly, but the work they produce for these events are wonderful additions to their portfolios.” She added, “The ultimate goal of our program is to have students leave with work-ready portfolios that will place them directly in entry-level positions or enable them to transfer to four-year degrees as juniors.”

The CAC music department’s 2019-20 season of performances will include the following:

  • Central Arizona Symphony – Monday, November 4, 2019
  • CAC High School Honor & Community Band Fall Concert – Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • CAC Handbell Choir and Community Choir Winter Concert – Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • CAC Annual Art Show & Community Band Concert – Tuesday, April 28, 2020
  • CAC Handbell Choir and Community Choir Spring Concert – Sunday, May 3, 2020

A full event schedule and tickets will be available online at or by calling the box office at 520-477-7469 in late August.

For more information about the new associate degree program, private lessons, or performing groups at CAC, please contact Stacey Seaman at or by phoning (520) 494-5399.