» Message from the Dean

In the College of Performing Arts we are passionately dedicated to providing the best possible education for our students in all of our disciplines. My mission as Dean of the College is to ensure that we uphold the highest artistic and educational standards in training our students: our students must be at the core of everything we do. We must prepare them for today’s professions and give them all the tools necessary to succeed in a world that has been changed by the internet and social media.

My mission is also to support our faculty as they continue their excellent educational and creative work, and to help them keep the College on the current upward trajectory. I am thrilled and humbled by what the College has already achieved, but I believe we can never rest on our laurels and we must always aim higher. Anything less is a disservice to our excellent students, alumni, and faculty.

Musco Center for the Arts, inaugurated during the spring of 2016, is a sign of the University’s commitment to ensure that the arts at Chapman will be second to none. Thanks to Musco Center, our students will continue to be given exceptional opportunities to learn from the best and to experience performance in a state-of-the-art facility. Marybelle and Paul Musco, as well as the many other donors who contributed to the project, are strongly dedicated to the educational mission of this exceptional facility and we hope you will return often to experience the performing arts in our new performance home.

Giulio M. Ongaro, PhD
Dean, College of Performing Arts

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