Current dance major Zak Schlegel (’13) has been hard at work over the winter break. Zak is performing with Backhausdance, the award-winning Orange County modern dance company formed by alumna Jennifer Backhaus (’94). First stop was New York City, where he danced in Backhausdance’s “Incandescent” for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference. The following week the company performed a new work locally, “The Margin,” at Ten Tiny Dances in Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival. Zak is currently preparing with Backhausdance to perform at Dance For Life, an evening of concert dance raising funds and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Says Zak, “it has been an extremely productive break for both applying my dance studies and gaining crucial professional experience.”
The 2020–21 academic year marks the inauguration of the Temianka Quartet at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in the College of Performing Arts (CoPA). The ensemble is comprised of string students who are selected based on criteria that include talent, academic scholarship, and demonstrated leadership. The new ensemble is supported by the conservatory’s Henri
This semester, College of Performing Arts (CoPA) students enjoyed the opportunity to work with three esteemed industry professionals as part of our newly launched CoPA Conscious Speaker Series, which aims to celebrate the talent of BIPOC artists allow allow the Chapman community to hear and learn from diverse perspectives. The series was spearheaded by Dr.