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First-Year Arts Immersion

Experience the arts.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President, all students enrolled in a Humanities Commons course attend an Arts Immersion Experience. Faculty teaching Humanities Commons courses incorporate aspects of the performance or the story through the lens of their discipline and into the course.

The First-Year Arts Immersion experience is designed to help first-year students connect their course material to an overarching annual theme that is selected to encourage integrated learning.

Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen

October 17-19, 2019

The Turangalîla-Symphonie is a large-scale piece of orchestral music by Olivier Messiaen written from 1946 to 1948 on a commission by Serge Koussevitzky for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. First-year students will experience a Dayton Philharmonic performance of this piece conducted by Neal Gittleman.

For more information contact Aili Bresnahan at

Humanities Commons Faculty: Please visit the Humanities Commons Faculty Development web page for more information and resources.

Students: Please visit the Humanities Commons website for more information about the First-Year Arts Immersion event.

In the News
Fine and Performing Arts 10.15.19
First-Year Arts Immersion links humanities courses to Dayton Philharmonic concert

The First-Year Arts Immersion is a distinctive part of the University of Dayton experience, linking humanities coursework to an off-campus ballet, opera or symphonic concert in partnership with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

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Past Immersions

Past FYI experiences have included Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Septime Webre's Romeo and Juliet, Michael Gandolfi's The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Consul, and the original ballet Dracula: Bloodlines


First-Year Arts Immersion

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469