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If All the Sky Were Paper is Awarded NEA Grant

April 26, 2013 by | Theatre

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its second round of fiscal year 2013 Art Works grants, and Chapman University, through project manager Associate Professor of Theatre John Benitz, has been awarded $20,000 to support a tour of Andrew Carroll’s If All the Sky Were Paper, produced at Chapman in 2012 and 2010. The

Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Students Win at NATS Collegiate Auditions

April 15, 2013 by | Music

Congratulations to our winners in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Collegiate Auditions held at Biola University on March 23.  There were 110 students who participated from ten different universities, from UC Santa Barbara to Riverside City College.  Vocal performance majors Andrew Schmidt (’16) took second place in the Freshman Men category, Duke Kim (’15) won first place in

Theatre Alum Performing in Belz! A Jewish Vaudeville Musical

March 13, 2013 by | CoPA News

Lance Frantzich (’12) is currently appearing in Belz! A Jewish Vaudeville Musical at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.  In this revival, 18 actors play 65 characters, sing an array of original and traditional Jewish songs, and tell dozens of jokes.  Revolving around a fictitious Jewish comedian, Hugo Schwartz, audiences travel through five

Spring Dance Concert Coming in May

March 13, 2013 by | CoPA News

The annual Spring Dance Concert, directed by instructor of dance Jennifer Backhaus, will be held in the Waltmar Theatre May 8-11.  This fully-produced concert will feature choreography by dance majors Ellen Akashi, David Bagley, Sami Dedolph, Emily Duncan, Natalie Iscovich, Shelby LaRosa, Molly Myers, Derek Nemechek and Alexi Theodore.  For more information and tickets, visit

College of Performing Arts Alum Featured in the LA Times

February 6, 2013 by | CoPA News

College of Performing Arts alumnus Michael Hudson (’00) was featured in the  Los Angeles Times about his work as the co-founder of the Boyle Heights Youth Orchestra.  The orchestra serves over 60 students and is moving toward non-profit status.  Michael told the Times, “It’s not just a music program, it’s a social change program…you

Janice Park Performs for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

January 31, 2013 by | CoPA News

Dr. Janice Park, instructor of piano in the Conservatory of Music, was invited by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to perform in a concert with Thomas Hooten, the Principal Trumpet of Los Angeles Philharmonic, on January 4, 2013. The sold-out concert was held in Birmingham, MI.  It was the second time Dr.

President’s Piano Series Starts February 7

January 25, 2013 by | CoPA News

The James L. Doti President’s Piano Series was founded in 2011 with the mission of providing access to acclaimed pianists for both the Southern California community and the students of Chapman University.   Under the artistic direction of Grace Fong, each year the President’s Piano Series presents internationally acclaimed pianists and ensembles from

Theatre Professor Tours with Masters of Illusion

October 1, 2012 by | Theatre

Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre and production manager for the College of Performing Arts, recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for the Midwest tour of Masters of Illusion – Live! He designed/directed the lighting for performances at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA; State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN; Midland Theatre in Kansas

Alumna Lands Position with Camerata Pacifica

August 16, 2012 by | CoPA News

  Victoria Leach (’12), until this past May a student assistant and Chamber Orchestra manager for the Conservatory of Music, has just been hired by Santa Barbara’s Camerata Pacifica as Operations Manager.   Victoria was a cello student of adjunct professor Roger Lebow but attended Chapman mainly to study arts operations/management.  She joins a growing number

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