The Class of 2016 from Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts will hit the ground running after graduation, with many of our newest alumni keeping busy over the summer before heading to top-level institutions across the country to begin work on advanced degrees, and others clocking-in immediately to their chosen professions.

Here are some of the exciting highlights we’ve learned:

Dongwhi “Tony” Baek (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’16) has been accepted to the Cinncinati Conservatory of Music under William McGraw.

Ben Bigler (BA, Dance ’16) was recently signed with Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles and will move there to pursue a dance career.

Spencer Boyd (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’16) will pursue his Master of Music, Vocal Performance at Kent State University, and begins a graduate assistantship in the fall under Professor Timothy Culver. In the meantime this summer, he will be at the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Perigeux, France performing in Vincent in Gounod’s Mireille.

Sarah Brown (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’16) will attend Northwestern University to pursue her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Her goal is to specialize in vocal health.

Stephanie Calascione (BA, Music ’16) was accepted into all six of the graduate schools where she applied for study in the field of arts administration. Her final choice was the prestigious University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Julia Dwyer (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’16) has been accepted to the New England Conservatory of Music to pursue a Master of Music, Vocal Performance degree under Professor Bradley Williams.

Morgan Green (BA, Theatre ’16) will start work in a year-long position with Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL as a paid literary management intern. The position also affords her an opportunity for employment when it concludes.

Michael Fleming (BM, Music Composition ’16) will attend the University of Oregon to begin work on a Master of Music in Music Composition.

Alvin Ly (BA, Music ’16) was accepted into multiple graduate programs and chose to pursue a dual degree at Indiana University, which is among the very top scholarly grad programs in music. He’ll be working on both Master of Arts, Musicology and Master of Library Science degrees.

Heather Moore (BM, Music Performance (piano) ’16) has summer plans to study with internationally acclaimed pianists at the Dublin International Piano Festival, continue teaching her studio of 15 students, play piano for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, and work as the official accompanist at Utt Middle School in Tustin, CA. She plans to apply to graduate school in the fall.

Kathryn Rock (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’16) will attend Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to study under Tim Noble.

Mariah Spears (BFA, Dance ’16) will be traveling in Europe for two months, and then will relocate to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in commercial dance.

Chloé Tardif (BM, Music Performance (violin) ’16) will begin work on a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas starting this fall.

Kayla Topp (BFA, Screen Acting ’16) plans to move to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue her career acting in film, television, and theatre.

Elliott Wulff (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’16) will pursue a Master of Music, Opera Performance degree and has been accepted to Arizona State University to study under Gordon Hawkins.

Congratulations to all of our newly minted graduates! We look forward to your continued successes!


Two very recent alumni of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music report that they will begin their post-graduate studies after having taken a year’s hiatus to work and travel. This fall, Duke Kim (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’15) enters Rice University to study under Stephen King, and Marcus Paige (BM, Music Performance (vocal) ’15) has been accepted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Suzanne Mentzer. Paige won at the prestigious Schloss Mirabel Festival last summer in Salzburg, Austria, and was presented in the renowned Marble Hall in the Mirabell Palace Concert Series.