Performing Arts

Let Your Creativity Flourish at Iona

Iona’s performing arts program gives students a platform to showcase their creativity, cultivate their passion for the arts and bolster school spirit.

Our performing arts program encourages students from all academic disciplines to get involved and sing, dance, act and play an instrument in one of our spirit and performing arts opportunities. Participating in one of our performance groups is a great opportunity to take a break from your educational responsibilities, explore your artistic interests and connect with your fellow students.

If you have a love for performing and wish to share your talents with the world, Iona’s performing arts program is the place for you!

Round Out Your Student Experience with Performing Arts 

In this video, Kelly Beyrer, director of Performing Arts, speaks to the bonds students form through pursuing their interests in performing arts. With new spaces on our Bronxville Campus, Iona continues to expand opportunities so that every student has a chance to get involved while pursuing their academic studies.

Ignite album cover.

I love the atmosphere at Iona. Since I have a performing arts and athletic scholarship, I am offered vocal lessons, which have given me a better opportunity to grow and strengthen my singing technique.

-Aidan Carpenter '27, singer-songwriter and Division I athlete
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Unlock Your Performing Potential

Express Yourself

At Iona, you are free to be you. Joining one of our performing arts organizations allows you to refine your skills, share your talents with the campus community and cultivate meaningful friendships during your college experience.

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Enhance Your College Experience

Exploring your interests and participating in extracurricular activities is an important part of your time at college. By becoming an active member of one of our performing arts groups, you will hone your craft and meet new people. Bonding with your classmates who share similar interests is an excellent way to cultivate lasting friendships that endure beyond your time at Iona.

Three of the Iona singers outside of Radio City Music Hall.

Perform On and Off Campus

As an active member of our performing arts groups, you have the exciting opportunity to perform at Iona events like Homecoming, Commencement and athletic events and compete in intercollegiate competitions, all while raising school spirit and making lasting memories.

With our idyllic location only 20 miles from New York City, Iona’s New Rochelle campus is just a train ride away from one of the premier performing arts capitals in the world, providing students with the opportunity to show off their talents at iconic venues like Radio City Music Hall or exciting events like the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

An Irish step dancer marches ahead of the pipe band in the St. Patrick's Day parade.
Adriana Rodriguez in her dance uniform.

With Iona being such a close community, I can be involved in so much! Being involved on the Iona dance team really elevated my experience here.

-Ariana Rodriguez '24, Education major
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Iona’s Spirit and Performance Arts Groups

The dance team perform at the nationals in Orlando, Florida.

Iona Dance Team

Join the Iona University Dance Team to boost Gael spirit at sporting events and Homecoming, engage the community by performing at service and fundraising events and compete at the prestigious Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Nationals.

Four members of the BSU dance team in the Hynes Arena.

Iona BSU Dance Experience

The BSU Dance Experience is a HBCU-style dance team that promotes Gael Spirit on campus. Performing at events such Iona basketball games, Homecoming and the Black Student Union's Culture Show, the BSU Dance Experience brings the fire and the groove to Iona University Performing Arts.

Iona cheerleading perform on Mazzella Field.

Iona Cheerleading

Develop your cheer, dance and tumbling skills by becoming a part of the Iona University Cheerleading team. You’ll take part in cheering on Iona’s athletes on to victory and supporting our school spirit and traditions while showcasing your talents at the Universal Cheer Association (UCA) College Nationals.

A trumpet player in the pep band.

Iona Pep Band

Since 2015, the Iona Pep Band has united musicians from different musical backgrounds to spread Gael pride at all of Iona’s home basketball games, campus events and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament.

The Irish Step group marches in the 2023 St. Patrick's Day parade.

Iona Irish Dance

Show off your Gael pride by joining the Iona Irish Dance group. As a member, you will have the opportunity to perform at campus events and intercollegiate competitions and continue developing your technique and talents.

The Iona pipe band marches in the St. Patrick's Day parade.

Iona Pipe Band

Founded in 1966, the Iona University Pipe Band has been an important part of upholding our school tradition and garnered many awards. Our pipe band proudly participates in major campus events and parades in the tri-state area.

Two Iona Players cast members raise their arms in song at Into the Woods.

Iona Players

For the chance to nurture your love of theatre and enhance your technical skills, become a part of the Iona Players. You’ll have the opportunity to perform in a variety of productions and learn under professional direction, all while entertaining the Iona community and surrounding public.

The Iona Singers performing at Radio City Music Hall.

Iona Singers

Join the Iona Singers to explore your musical expressions and share your voice with the world. As an Iona singer, you’ll perform at musical productions and campus events, including Commencement and Homecoming. In 2022, the Singers were the opening act for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Killian raises his hands in celebration.

Killian the Gael

As a longstanding figure of Iona’s school spirit, Killian the Gael shows his support at campus celebrations, Iona games, community events and the MAAC & NCAA Basketball Tournaments.

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Sing the National Anthem at an Iona Gaels Game

Iona students are invited to sing the national anthem at home basketball games.

To learn more about what we look for in applicants, the application process and performance attire, review the frequently asked questions prior to applying.

The baritone sax player smiles at an Iona home game.

Audition Process

Students interested in dance, music, theatre and spirit opportunities through Iona’s performing arts program should review the audition process for further information. Please note that auditions are for grant consideration purposes only and do not affect your standing in the performing arts program of your choice.

Study Performing Arts at Iona

Those interested in pursuing performing arts in an academic context should consider adding a minor from our Arts & Languages Department.

Performing arts degree programs include:

Connect with Iona Performing Arts on Social Media

Iona’s performing arts program provides students with exciting extracurricular opportunities, where they can travel, enter intercollegiate competitions and have a blast connecting with their fellow classmates.

Explore our performance art groups’ social media to see what our students have been up to:

Contact Us

Connect with Kelly McKenna Beyrer ’16MA, director of Performing Arts at Iona, via email at

Kelly Beyrer

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