New Orleans has a musical sound all of it's own. Studying here connects you to some of the city's musical legends like Dr. Michael White, Dr. John Ware and Dr. Tim Turner and lets you experience signature sounds like jazz, Blues, Zydeco, R&B and Bounce.
A true "Melting Pot," New Orleans is known for having some of the best cuisine in the nation. Being a port city, New Orleans food is heavily influenced by a rich history of diverse ethnic groups including Creoles and Cajuns. Foods originating in New Orleans include Po' boy and Muffuletta sandwiches, Oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, Pompano en Papillote and Bananas Foster, among many others.
From Southern Art to World War II to Mardi Gras Indian Culture, New Orleans has some of the most unique museums in the country. Some places take days to explore while others are perfect for an afternoon exploration. No matter your interest, New Orleans has something to offer.
April 26th - May 5th, 2019
In April of 1970, Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade… and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.
The premier music festival of the Summer, Essence Fest, featured in the movie Girls Trip, attracts visitors from around the world to New Orleans every 4th of July weekend to enjoy internationally known R&B recording artists and celebrate black culture with seminars, workshops, and entertainment all in the Big Easy.
Xavier University students are encouraged to engage in an array of experiential learning opportunities with leading industries, including internships, co-ops, summer employment and collaborative research initiatives, with support from faculty mentors and practicum coordinators. A brief overview of potential interdisciplinary industrial opportunities follows: