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Headshot of Dr. Giulio OngaroWelcome to the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University!

Turning passion into profession: by providing the best possible education and training for our students in all of our performing arts disciplines, we help them develop the tools necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. Our students are at the core of everything we do in the College of Performing Arts.

As dean, my mission is also to support our faculty as they continue their brilliant educational and creative work, helping them keep the College at the forefront of performing arts education.  The 2017-18 academic year marks the tenth anniversary of the College’s formation, bringing together dance, music, and theatre under one unified roof. Looking back, I am thrilled and humbled by what the College has already achieved, but I believe we can never rest on our laurels. We must always aim higher, because anything less is a disservice to our extraordinary students, faculty, and alumni.

This year also marks our second full season producing dance and music concerts, theatre shows, and full-scale operas within Musco Center for the Arts, providing our students exceptional opportunities to learn from the best and experience performance in a state-of-the-art facility. We are proud to be able to offer this tremendous resource to our students and grateful to Marybelle and S. Paul Musco, the many other donors, and the University administration for their strong dedication to the educational mission of the College and for this remarkable facility.

We have close to 100 live performances planned for this season (some are even free!) to provide the university and the community with memorable artistic experiences. We hope you will return often to see the College of Performing Arts in action, as we work towards training artists and transforming lives.

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

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+ - Department of Dance

Headshot of Julianne O'Brien PedersenWelcome to the Department of Dance!

As dance majors at Chapman, students participate in a strong professional training program with high quality productions while still enjoying the benefits of a small university. Students may choose from a pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance or from the more broad based Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Both degrees provide excellent preparation for those who plan to enter the professional dance world and/or attend graduate school.

The curriculum for dance majors includes course work in choreography, dance history, dance production, dance performance, acting, music for dancers, dance science, dance teaching methods, ballroom, somatics, hip-hop, tap, and comprehensive pre professional training in modern, jazz and ballet technique.

Julianne O'Brien-Pedersen
Chair, Professor
Department of Dance
dance@chapman.edu

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2017/2018 Audition Dates

Due to the selectivity of the B.A. and BFA Dance Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via the Creative Supplement.  If invited to audition in-person, you will have the option to choose one of our on-campus audition dates.  All in-person auditions will be held between December-March.
Learn more about Chapman's B.A. in Dance

+ - Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

Headshot of Amy GrazianoWelcome to the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music!  At Chapman University, we offer an exciting diversity of performance opportunities combined with a thorough music curriculum and liberal arts studies.  Our excellent facilities compare with institutions far larger in size while our students have direct contact with faculty, without substitutions or teaching assistants, providing a personalized education not seen at larger institutions.

Our faculty and alumni create an intimate and supportive community for our students and are closely involved in the music industries of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  This creates a fantastic resource for professional growth and career opportunities for our students, allowing them to go from Chapman to careers throughout the world.

Our mission is to provide a rigorous education of distinction for the professional and intellectual development of artists and scholars in a supportive, liberal arts environment that enriches the human mind and spirit.  Our outstanding curriculum offers a musical and academic foundation that prepares our students to enter a variety of professional careers, including future graduate studies, performance, and teaching.  The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Please explore our programs, faculty, and performance opportunities through our webpages or feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Amy Graziano, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor of Music History
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
music@chapman.edu

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2017/2018 Audition Dates

Early Decision/Early Action: 

  • November 12, 2017
    • Guitar, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Piano, Strings, Voice, & Woodwinds/Brass
    • Percussion: Applicants can register for an audition date with Dr. Nicholas Terry directly.

Regular Decision: 

  • January 27, 2018
    • Guitar, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice & Woodwinds/Brass
  • February 3, 2018
    • Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice & Woodwinds/Brass
  • February 17, 2018
    • Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice & Woodwinds/Brass
  • March 3, 2018
    • Guitar, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Strings, Voice & Woodwinds/Brass

+ - Department of Theatre

Headshot of John BenitzWelcome! Please take some time to view our website which contains information about our degrees offered as well a chance to get know our faculty. The Department of Theatre faculty and staff are dedicated to providing an education infused with strong professional ethics, hard work and respect for collaboration.

At Chapman University’s Department of Theatre, students will work together with an exceptional faculty within a professional theatre curriculum designed to help students find their true voice as artists and empower them to pursue career paths appropriate to their abilities.

We offer three programs tailored to the specific goals of each student. First, our broad-based BA degree in theatre offers areas of study in theatre technology or theatre studies. Second, the pre-professional BFA degree in theatre performance, and third, the interdisciplinary BFA in screen acting offered cooperatively with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. All of the degrees provide students with excellent preparation to attend graduate school or enter the profession directly from college. The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, which holds us to the highest standards of theatre training.

I am sure you will find Chapman University, located in beautiful and sunny southern California, a vibrant, challenging, exciting and fun place to explore and grow as an artist as you develop your craft.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the department or our programs, and we will be happy to discuss how we might help you have the career you wish and to become the artist you strive to be.

John B. Benitz
Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Theatre
theatre@chapman.edu

QUICK LINKS:

2017/2018 Audition Dates

BA in Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology

Early Decision/Early Action: 

  • November 12, 2017
    • Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology

Regular Decision: 

  • January 13, 2018
    • Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology
  • February 17, 2018
    • Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology
  • March 3, 2018
    • Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology

BFA in Screen Acting or BFA in Theatre Performance

Due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting and BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via the Creative Supplement.  If invited to audition in-person, you will have the option to choose one of our on-campus audition dates, or off-campus at one of our regional auditions in New York or Chicago.  All in-person auditions will be held between December-March. Learn more...