Palmetto Center for the Arts

Due to school closure, Spring 2020 events are postponed or canceled.

Spring 2020 Calendar of Events


January 21 - February 29 • In-Camera: Fugitive Processes

 Art Exhibit

Featuring work by Sara Fields, Cosby Lindquist, and Desiree Schanding

Palmetto Center for the Arts
Exhibition Dates: January 21 - February 29, 2020

In-Camera: Fugitive Processes presents recent works by Northwest Vista College photography faculty Sara Fields, Cosby Lindquist and Desiree Schanding. Artworks represent wide-ranging experimental photographic processes that explore the structure and meaning of the photographic image itself. Sara Fields investigates contemporary understandings of memory and its relationship to the malleable mind through the physicality of a photograph. Desiree Schanding’s work isolates and reveals the hidden mask of digital mark-making present in the retouching processes of commercial portrait work. Cosby Lindquist creates complex paper landscapes to explore how the single point perspective of the camera lens alters the depiction of space within the photographic image.

CANCELED: March 18 • How to Photograph Your Art Portfolio

Photograph Art Portfolio Workshop

CANCELED: March 23 - April 25 • Hermano Grande by Michael Menchaca

Michael Menchaca art exhibit

In Hermano Grande, Michael Menchaca visualizes how the growing tech industry—largely based out of Silicon Valley—is infiltrating traditional Latinx family customs in the United States. In large scale, Menchaca explores the imagery and themes from his eponymously-titled series through a variety of media, including a site-specific wallpaper installation, new paintings, and digital animation.

Michael Menchaca earned his Associates in Graphic Design at SAC in 2007. He went on to receive his BFA at Texas State University in Printmaking and he holds an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Palmetto Center for the Arts
Fine and Performing Arts at Vista
Supported by the Student Activity Fee

CANCELED: April 2 • Cosmic Art Night

Cosmic Art Night

The NVC Fine & Performing Arts Department presents Cosmic Art Night! Materials and studios glow under ultraviolet lights creating a surreal, dreamy vibe while you explore the arts of ceramics, drawing, & printmaking.

Professors and students will demonstrate the potter’s wheel and screen printing techniques on paper. Bring your own t-shirt to silkscreen on. All additional materials provided.

Everyone is welcome: students, faculty, staff, and families! All ages! No experience necessary!

Thursday, April 2 from 7pm-9pm
Palmetto Center for the Arts
Free Admission

May 4 - August 28 • Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

UPDATE: This summer’s Juried Student Exhibition will be an online exhibit.
EXTENDED APPLY DEADLINE of MAY 1 with notifications MAY 15.

The Annual NVC Student Art Exhibition is a juried competition featuring recent work by Northwest Vista College students. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Apply to be a part of NVC’s ‘Juried Student Art Exhibition’.
All students are encouraged to apply.

All submissions must be received by May 1st, 2020. Students will be notified May 15th with results.

Curator: Instructor Esteban Delgado

Questions? Contact Instructor Delgado,

Submit your artwork here:


CANCELED: May 2 • Vista Dances - NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble in Concert

Vista Dances features original choreography by Faculty & Students. The NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble will perform original work by Spring 2020 Dance Artist-in-Residence TBA.

Saturday, May 2 at 8pm
Palmetto Theatre

$5 - ACCD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General

CANCELED: May 9 • ExtravaDanza

Recital showcasing all Spring 2020 NVC dance classes
Presented by the NVC Dance Program
Directed by Jayne King

Performance features ballet, jazz, ballroom, swing, modern and contemporary styles.

Saturday, May 9
Palmetto Theatre



February 27, 28, 29, March 5, 6, 7, 8 • The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors
William Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors
Directed by Mellissa Marlowe

The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play.

Set in the Greek city of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

February 27, 28, 29 / March 5, 6, & 7 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 8 at 2:30pm
Palmetto Theatre

Vista Student Night: Thursday, February 27
students enjoy free admission with valid I.D.

Family Day Matinee: Sunday, March 8 at 2:30pm
$5 admission for all!


$5 - ACD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General

The Palmetto Box Office opens for ticket sales one hour before curtain time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

CANCELED: April 23, 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2, 3 • Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

NVC Drama Program presents

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Michelle Pietri

THE STORY: When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. 

Black Box Theatre
Palmetto Center for the Arts

April 23, 24, 25, 30, May 1 & 2 at 7:30pm
& Sunday matinee, May 3 at 2:30pm

$5 - ACD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General


February 12-15 • All-State Choir Camp

Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir Concert

Congratulations! Eight selected singers from Northwest Vista College will be participating in three days of intensive Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir Camp starting on February 12. They will be performing at the final concert on Saturday, February 15, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention in San Antonio.

February 15 at 7:30pm
Location: Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

February 26 • Choir Clinic: Dr. Suzanne Pierce

choir clinic
Choir Clinic with Dr. Suzanne Pence
Wednesday, February 26

Dr. Suzanne Pence joined the UT faculty in 1996. Along with her teaching assignment in choral music she serves as Director of Admissions for the Butler School of Music. Dr. Pence conducts the Concert Chorale, teaches undergraduate conducting, secondary choral methods, and supervises graduate students in Music and Human Learning with a choral emphasis. Dr. Pence previously held the position of Director of Choral Activities at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received the DMA in Choral Conducting from The University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993 where she studied with Drs. Eph Ehly and Charles Robinson. She holds a Masters of Music Education degree from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Dr. Pence was the Choral Director at Neosho High School in Neosho, Missouri from 1983-1989. She is active in ACDA, has chaired the Southern Division Youth and Student Activities Committee, and the SW Missouri High School Division in 1987-1989. She is also a member of MENC, NATS, and Pi Kappa Lamda. She is active as an adjudicator, and clinician/festival conductor throughout the United States.

Lecture for music education & performance majors
Time: 11:00-12:00pm
Location: Redbud Learning Center (RLC 312)

Time: 12:30-1:45pm
Location: Black Box Theatre (PCA 111)

CANCELED: March 24 • Jack Stone Award for New Music

This event has been canceled.

Jack Stone Award for New Music

Jack Stone Award for New Music
Special Guest Tetractys

Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Free Admission

While many calls for scores by student composers exist, few opportunities are available specifically for community college students. Because the musical background and training of community college student composers differs from that of composition students at four-year institutions and conservatories, there is a need for career building opportunities that will enable them to achieve creative success and gain national recognition.

The 11th Jack Stone Award for New Music will be awarded to one student who is currently enrolled at least 3/4 time at a community college within the United States. Students must be enrolled in an associate's program, not a bachelor's program, but no age or citizenship restrictions apply. The recipient will receive $150, the second place winner will receive $100, and the runner up will receive $50. In addition, all three selected composers, if they are coming from within the contiguous United States, will be flown to San Antonio, TX to attend a master class and performance of their pieces on March 24th by Tetractys New Music in the Palmetto Center for the Arts on the Northwest Vista College campus and to receive their awards in person. This year’s instrumentation will be a trio of piano, cello, and percussion – the percussion instruments available for this year’s call for scores are Vibraphone, Drum Kit, Hand Drums, and/or Latin Percussion.

Judging took place by a panel of unbiased (non-community college faculty) composers from the Composers Alliance of San Antonio.

Selected Jack Stone for New Music student awardees will be announced soon.

CANCELED: March 24 • Spring Workshop: NATS South Texas Spring Audition Preparation

Spring Workshop:
NATS South Texas Spring Audition Preparation
with Professor Darlene Wiley

Head, Division of Vocal Arts, Professor Darlene Wiley from the University of Texas at Austin will be conducting a master class of ten selected students who will be competing at the NATS Auditions, South Texas Chapter in April, at Texas State University. Collaborative Pianist, Bogum Park is the special guest accompanist.

Darlene Wiley, lyric coloratura soprano, began her career at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, performing over 65 roles in such operas as I Pagliacci, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Tales of Hoffmann, La Traviata, and Le Nozze di Figaro. A veteran of over 1,500 opera performances, Ms. Wiley has sung at over 25 houses, including Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Kassel, Mainz, Ulm, and Kiel. She has been heralded as “a thrilling Nedda…. amazingly sung… passionately acted” (Opern Welt). “With sassy charm and convincing Chaplinesque style, this graceful soprano is the ideal Rossini coloratura.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

She currently is Professor of Voice at the University of Texas at Austin, director of the Vocal Arts Lab, supervisor of the DMA Vocal Pedagogy Program, and founder/director of the Butler International Opera Competition. Several of her current and former students are emerging as artists in their own right, with appearances at the Staatsoper Berlin, Salzburg Festspiele, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, St. Louis Opera, City Opera of New York, Austin Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Amarillo Opera, Miami Opera, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Theater Hagen, Theater Regensburg, Orlando Opera, Seattle Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Miami Opera, Paris Opera, and Florida Grand Opera. Prof. Wiley holds a BME (Instrumental Emphasis) from the College of Wooster and MM in Voice from the University of Illinois.

Tuesday, March 24 from 9:00am-2:30pm
Recital Hall PCA 107

CANCELED: April 7 • Lux Musicae Chamber Ensemble

Lux Musicae Chamber Ensemble
Lux Musicae Chamber Ensemble:
Mostly Texas Composers

Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 pm
Palmetto Theatre
Free Admission

Join us for an evening of Mostly Texas Composers featuring:

Soloist Ray Tamez, Guitar - Mark Francis' Guitar Concerto No. 2
Edna Alejandra Longoria -  Concentration Camp
Pianist/Composer - Barry Brake
Lux by Joel Love

CANCELED: April 20 • NxNVC: NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble

NxNVC Spring 2020
presents the NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble

Directed by Emmanuel Godoy

Monday, April 20 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

CANCELED: April 21 • NVC Faculty Recital and Guest Artist Recital: Eden Piano Ensemble

NxNVC Spring 2020
NVC Faculty and Guest Artist Recital

One Step Closer: Joy of Collaboration of Classical Music
with Eden Piano Ensemble

One Step Closer: Joy of Collaboration of Classical Music is Dr. Minkyung Lee’s voice art project, where she believes in the beauty behind classical music and the many benefits of listening to classical songs for younger generations. NVC’s dance faculty, Brittany Lopez, has been partnered with this voice art project since 2018.

Dr. Lee invites Austin-based Eden Piano Ensemble, founded by Esther Jukyung Kim, Hwayoung Lee, and Insung Park - alumni of the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. The Eden Piano Ensemble opens the program with Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy with four hands and additional dazzling vocal repertoires including Ave Maria by Schubert, Vocalise by Rachmaninov, and a piano solo, Rigoletto Paraphrase by Liszt. Brahms’s famous song cycle, Acht Zigeunerlider, will be performed by NVC’s voice faculty, soprano Minkyung Lee. NVC Music department welcomes Eden Piano Ensemble as guest artists presenting a program of joyful collaboration with soprano Minkyung Lee and contemporary dancer, Brittany Lopez.

Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Free Admission

CANCELED: April 22 • NxNVC: NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances

NVC Concert Choir and Solo Performances
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Dream Community: Make Our Garden Grow Together

Dr. Minkyung Lee will conduct the NVC Concert Choir featuring choral masterpieces with the compelling theme of Dream Community: Make Our Garden Grow Together. Captivating lyrics will fill every heart with beautiful contemporary hymns and songs beyond the original empirical richness of the work. With impressive vocal moments and exquisite lyrics to deliver messages from both Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and prayers from “Psalm 56,” NVC Concert Choir will harmonize a well-crafted arrangement of A Capella, Dream and When I Fall in Love. The masterfully polished gems, Father of Light, This is The Dream, and I Will Rise and more are in the program. A message of growth and community is exemplified in Make Our Garden Grow, the finale from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

CANCELED: April 23 • NxNVC: Vista Jazz Ensemble & Student-Led Combos

NxNVC 2020
presents the Vista Jazz Ensemble and Student-Led Combos
Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

CANCELED: April 22 • Master Class by Dr. Shaunna Shandro

Master Class by Dr. Shaunna Shandro:
The Singer’s Guide to Auditioning for Musical Theatre

Monday, April 27 at 12:30pm
Recital Hall PCA 107

Dr. Shandro holds degrees in Theatre, Voice Performance, Opera, and Vocal Pedagogy, has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Russia, and has taught at several Texas Universities, including St. Edward’s University in Austin, where she currently resides. She specializes in Slavic music, and in contemporary music styles, including classical, commercial, and musical theatre, and has sung world premieres of Song Cycles, Operas, and Musical Theatre works. Additionally, she has served as director and music director for opera, operetta, and musical theatre works.  She is currently developing an online music analysis and song study course for university-level musical theatre students, to be released later this year.

Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

CANCELED: April 29 • Master Class by Dr. Lee: Vocal Clinic for Advanced Singers

Master Class by Dr. Lee:
Vocal Clinic for Advanced Singers

Selected outstanding singers from the NVC Music Program will be working on their solos and ensemble with Dr. Lee. She will help singers to define their skills with enhancing stage manners for their solos and ensembles for both NVC Honors Recital and their upcoming audition preparation.

Wednesday, April 29 @11:00am-2:00pm
Recital Hall PCA 107

CANCELED: May 4 • NVC Honors Recital

NVC Honors Recital
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Dr. Minkyung Lee is excited to host the NVC Honors Recital for students who are selected because they have gone above and beyond in their studies for this special recital showcase. Selected singers will be performing solos and ensembles from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera “Don Giovanni”, “Le Nozze di Figaro”, and “Die Zauberflöte” and more musical jewels directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee.

Monday, May 4 @12:30pm
Recital Hall PCA 107

CANCELED: May 6 • Concert Choir Outdoor Performance

Concert Choir Outdoor Performance
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Come and enjoy the final concert of the year with the NVC Concert Choir’s Encore Choral Concert on the Patio. Vista’s exciting Concert Choir will be opening this Outdoor party with well-crafted arrangement of A Capella, Dream and When I Fall in Love and presents beautiful more musical jewels such as I Lived, This is the Dream, Father of Light, I Will Rise, and Make Our Garden Grow from Candide.

Wednesday, May 6 @12:30pm

About Palmetto 

The Palmetto Center for the Arts opened in 2009 as a product of community leadership, vision and unwavering determination to bring fine and performing arts to the Northwest area of San Antonio. The arts complex offers the finest facility and programs to those who join us in celebrating the arts.

The fine and performing arts programs at Northwest Vista College engage students and enrich their skills needed to give life to creative impulses—on stage, in the studio, and in the concert hall. Our emerging artists interact and learn from community professionals and visiting artists from across the country and abroad. 

Our Goal

We believe that the arts have always been and always will be a meaningful force in human life. Northwest Vista College is dedicated to making the arts a living presence within our neighboring communities. Art lovers who support the development of artists help to enrich the human experience. 

Our goal is to cultivate the imagination and technical skills of artists who will reinvigorate existing works and create new masterpieces that will grip the heart and thrill the mind. We welcome the diversity that sustains our community and empowers our voice through art and artistry. 


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How can I purchase event tickets?

We accept cash and credit cards at the Box office.

ACD students, faculty and staff enjoy $5.00 Admission.
All students (K-12 and Higher Education) enjoy $5.00 Admission.

Please check the Palmetto Calendar of Events listing for specific ticket sales on each event as the price varies for general admission. Some events have free admission.

Everyone attending a performance must have a ticket for admission into the theatre, including infants. Due to fire safety regulation, strollers are not allowed inside the theatre.

May I bring food and drinks with me to the show?

Food and drinks are not allowed inside the theatres. Occasionally, student or faculty/staff organizations provide or sell concessions in the lobby. We ask that you please refrain from bringing any food or drink inside the theatres. Thank you.

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