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

We strive to cultivate a vibrant atmosphere that combines abundant possibilities for scholarship, creativity, free expression and intellectual curiosity with real world experience. At Chapman, our students are the core of everything we do: you will have the opportunity to study with our passionate and dedicated faculty, and be provided exceptional performance opportunities in numerous facilities on-campus, including our newest state-of-the-art performance hall, Musco Center for the Arts. Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels, and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place.

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.

We welcome you to visit campus, enjoy performances from the Departments of Dance, Theatre and the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and learn how you can find yourself at Chapman. We can't wait to meet you!

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


2017/2018 Audition Dates

Will be announced in August 2017

+ - 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


2017/2018 Audition Dates

Will be announced in August 2017

+ - 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


2017/2018 Audition Dates

BA in Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology

Will be announced in August 2017

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.