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Career Q&A with Kalena Bovell ’09 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner on Conducting, Poetry, and Representation

October 7, 2020 by | Alumni

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for the College of Performing Arts is Kalena Bovell, who graduated from Chapman University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Pre-Certification, Music Education). Since graduating from Chapman, Kalena has completed her graduate studies at The Hartt School and has made a name for herself as an accomplished conductor

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The Show Must Go On! Remote learning and environmental safety prioritized for fall semester

August 31, 2020 by | CoPA News

The COVID-19 pandemic completely upended the performing arts world. It affected artists, audiences, and infrastructure in ways never imagined. Undaunted, the College of Performing Arts (CoPA) has stepped up to that challenge, refusing to be defeated or allow these new restrictions to affect the quality of our students’ education and training. Throughout the summer, CoPA

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CoPA Student and Alumni Share Career Path Stories

August 25, 2020 by | Alumni

Knowing your passions and talents is one thing, but knowing how to craft a career path can be quite another! Luckily, CoPA students have access to plenty of support from their faculty as well as the CoPA Career Advisor. It can also be helpful to see examples of career paths from other students and alumni.

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The Curtain Closes on a Fulfilling Career Bonita “Bonnie” Walker retires after 32 years of service at Chapman University

July 16, 2020 by | CoPA News

The College of Performing Arts recently bid farewell to a beloved and long-serving staff member as Bonita “Bonnie” Walker retired after 32 years of service at Chapman University. “Bonnie has been a fixture of the theatre department and CoPA for a long time, and I have really appreciated her unflagging dedication to our students, who

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Alumna to Alumna CoPA mentorship & collaboration persist after graduation

June 11, 2020 by Monica Furman | CoPA News

Due to our small class sizes, conservatory-style training, and the personalized education for which Chapman University, CoPA students develop a strong sense of community that continues to serve them well after graduation. Recently, Monica Furman (BFA Theatre Performance ’17) interviewed Leah McKendrick (BFA Theatre Performance ’08) and McKendrick’s producing partner Mariah Owen about their newest

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BLACK LIVES MATTER A message from Dean Giulio Ongaro

June 10, 2020 by | CoPA News

Dear CoPA Community, The College of Performing Arts supports Black Lives Matter. We pledge to support the initiative announced by President Struppa to bring more faculty of color to Chapman. We are listening to the students and alumni sharing their stories and will continue to address the issue of racism with concrete steps. We will start by

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Performing Arts Student Profile: Azuki Umeda (Dance Performance ’20)

May 28, 2020 by | Dance

Azuki Umeda (BFA Dance Performance, BA Integrated Educational Studies ’20) shares highlights of her time at Chapman, as well as some advice for dance students: “I was able to showcase my [choreography] pieces to several festivals this year. I was extremely honored to show my pieces at Capezio ACE Awards and McCallum Choreography Festival, two festivals [where]

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