On Saturday, October 20, 2011, Chapman University Conservatory of Music graduates Ben Bliss and Ashley Faatoalia were finalists in the Western Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera. Of the 12 finalists, Ben and Ashley placed in the top five contenders! Benjamin Bliss ’09, a student of Professor Patrick Goeser while
A longstanding Chapman tradition, the Holiday Wassail has delighted sold-out capacity crowds for many years. We can trace the long history of the Holiday Wassail back to many familiar venues on our beautiful campus: intimate dinners in DeMille Hall, Argyros Forum, and most recently in the Bush Conference Center; holiday-themed concerts in Wilkinson Hall,
The Department of Dance is presenting its annual Fall Dance Concert December 7-10, 2011, featuring the work of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. The department is privileged to be a part of an exclusive list of schools performing his work as part of the Cunningham Legacy Tour in the wake of his passing in 2009, including The Juilliard
Our spring season will now include the classic drama The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson. In a decaying Bible-belt town, a murder trial takes place. Everyone knows who is guilty, but no one knows why. In this award-winning Off Broadway play by Lanford Wilson, the everyday events of a small town in the Midwest
Music major Craig Shields (’12) auditioned for the legendary Blue Man Group this fall, and he is on his way to performing with the company! Craig told us about the audition process and his next steps in his own words below: “The whole Blue Man Group process started in mid-September, when I saw
Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, recorded four compositions with his ensemble, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, this August at Skywalker Sound (a Lucasfilm Co.) on the classical music label Sono Luminus. The recording, to be released in early 2012, is one of the very first 7.1 surround-sound recordings of percussion chamber music, and will
DEPARTMENT OF DANCE: Janelle Barry (’10) attended the Mark Morris Dance Group Summer Intensive in Brooklyn, and is currently rehearsing with choreographer Gina Graham for an upcoming show at the Judson Church Theatre in New York in late November. She also assisted David Leventhal (former MMDG member) in Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes in September.
The students performing in the Department of Theatre’s The Servant of Two Masters this November will have the unique opportunity to work with two coaches with unique, specialized training. Doug Oliphant, the production’s Fight Choreographer, is a theatre director and actor based in Los Angeles. As a director, Doug has assistant directed
Dance major Chloe Albin ’15 from Seattle couldn’t resist playing the ham next to a dancing manikin decked out in a stretch zebra suit and dramatic black-and-white theatrical makeup. Albin mimicked the manikin’s arching, cat-like pose and burst into laughter. Friends joined her and they all did it again. Then they laughed some more.
As the demands on dancers’ bodies increase with new choreographic and technical challenges, it becomes increasingly important that dancers are trained correctly and receive medical care with an understanding of what a human body can do. A dancer complaining of back pain has different issues than a businessman or a truck driver because