Dwight Rhoden to Join Chapman Dance Faculty in Fall '22

December 6, 2021 by | CoPA News

An audible gasp rose from the audience and dancers on stage Saturday night when Dean Giulio Ongaro made a special announcement at the conclusion of the Fall Dance Concert on December 4, 2021, in Musco Center for the Arts. The surprise news, that renowned choreographer and dancer Dwight Rhoden would join the Department of Dance


Connor Bogenreif Welcomed as New CoPA Career Advisor

October 29, 2021 by | CoPA News

Connor Bogenreif, M.M., joins the Chapman University College of Performing Arts team as the new career advisor for alumni and undergraduate students of the Department of Dance, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and Department of Theatre, effective November 1, 2021. “We are all excited to welcome Connor to CoPA as a colleague,” said Giulio Ongaro, dean


A Midsummer Night's Dream: gender roles and pandemic woes

October 29, 2021 by Nikki Trippler | CoPA News

Once upon a time, there was a young man born in a small town called Stratford-upon-Avon. He grew up and wrote a play called A Midsummer Night’s Dream which became one of the most-produced and beloved plays of the European/American theatrical canon. William Shakespeare’s work has captivated the heart, body, and soul of audiences, drawing


On the Passing of S. Paul Musco

September 21, 2021 by | CoPA News

I want to present my personal condolences, and those of everyone at the College of Performing Arts, to Marybelle Musco and her family on the death of Paul. I also want to add something to the deserved accolades that he is receiving. Paul was an exceptional businessman and a philanthropist of the first magnitude, as


Conservatory of Music Announces New Temianka Scholars

September 9, 2021 by | Music

Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music announced this year’s Temianka Scholars as well as the newest recipient of the prized Temianka-Saparoff violin and bow. In addition to financial support, a Temianka Scholar may be granted the opportunity to use the prized Albert Saparoff bow, a gift from the Temianka family, during their time at Chapman. This


Retiring Musco Center Dean William Hall Awarded Emeritus Title

August 31, 2021 by | CoPA News

William Hall, DMA, outgoing founding dean of Musco Center for the Arts and former dean of the College of Performing Arts, has been awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus on the occasion of his retirement from Chapman University this year. Catalyst for Growth Dr. Hall has been associated with the faculty at Chapman since 1963


New Music and Theatre Faculty for Fall 2021

August 27, 2021 by | CoPA News

The College of Performing Arts welcomes three new music and theatre faculty for fall semester 2021. Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Octavio Cárdenas Instructor Director, Opera Chapman Octavio Cárdenas is a critically acclaimed opera stage director, having led a wide range of productions in opera venues throughout the United States, including Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera


Department of Theatre Announces Show Lineup for 2021-22

May 26, 2021 by | CoPA News

The Department of Theatre announced its production lineup for the 2021 – 2022 season under the theme “Changing Seasons,” inspired by the Torah, or Old Testament, Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1. Department Chair John Benitz said, “This particular biblical verse describes a time and place for all things: a time of birth and death, laughter and


Fall 2020 CoPA Conscious Speaker Series

December 14, 2020 by | Music

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.


Introducing the Temianka Quartet at Chapman University

November 12, 2020 by | CoPA News

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

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