42 posts from

May 2012


Language lessons set the stage for opera students’ success

May 31, 2012 by | Arts and Culture

Performing a German opera demands practice, a fine ear, a great voice and the ability to read the accent marks that convey nuanced meaning and pronunciation. And you also have to open your mouth. A lot. Students who starred in Opera Chapman’s recent production of The Magic Flute discovered that for English-speaking Americans, particularly Californians,


Alumna and faculty member’s dance company to be honored at O.C. Arts Awards

May 31, 2012 by | Arts and Culture

Backhausdance, the acclaimed contemporary dance ensemble founded by Chapman University alumna Jennifer Backhaus ’94 , will be honored as Outstanding Arts Organization at the 13th Annual Orange County Arts Awards, presented by Arts Orange County. At the forefront of Southern California contemporary dance, under the artistic direction of Backhaus, Backhausdance is now in its 10th

Professor Wachs invited by renowned violinist Midori to adjudicate concerto competition

May 30, 2012 by | Arts and Culture

Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor and director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music at the College of Performing Arts, was invited by world-renowned violinist Midori to serve as an adjudicator at USC’s Thornton School of Music Concerto Competition. He also adjudicated at the recent regional finals of the ASTA (American String Teacher’s Association)


Chapman University faculty, alumni to stage Shakespeare’s ‘Venus and Adonis’ in Prague

May 25, 2012 by | Arts and Culture

To celebrate Shakespeare Orange County’s 20th Anniversary, Tom Bradac, Chapman University associate professor and SOC artistic director, has engineered an international production of the Bard’s seldom-produced erotic poem Venus and Adonis, to be staged June 5-9, in the intimate Na Pradle Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. Calling on some of the Department of Theatre’s  finest


Faculty Senate creates new Outstanding Graduate Student award

May 24, 2012 by | Campus Life

At its recent Faculty Honors Convocation, the Chapman University Faculty Senate announced a new award, “The James L. Doti Award for Outstanding Graduate Student.” “This award was established by Chapman faculty to honor Jim Doti’s commitment to student-centered learning.  It is under his watch that Chapman University transitioned from a college to a university, marked