ChapmanUNIVERSITY College of Performing Arts Application Instructions
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how to apply The CoPA Departmental Application is required by all students applying to programs within the College of Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, and Dance) and must accompany the Common Application and Chapman Supplemental Application. The CoPA application is designed to showcase each applicant’s talents in relation to his/her specific major. An audition and supplemental materials are also required, and are detailed in the following pages. Please read carefully the set of instructions for your division of interest to ensure that your application is completed correctly. Applicants are asked to apply for their top choice of major within CoPA and respond to the corresponding steps for auditions and supplementary materials. For additional information on your specific CoPA division please visit their Web site or call: Conservatory of Music: www.chapman.edu/music 714-997-6871 714-744-7089 Department of Theatre: www.chapman.edu/theatre Department of Dance: www.chapman.edu/dance 714-744-7040 Requirements All students must follow the specific instructions below for their division of interest (Conservatory of Music, Department of Dance, or Department of Theatre) for the following items: audition/interview, goal statement, letter of recommendation, resume, and photo. There may be additional requirements for admitted students to determine placement in courses. Dates and Deadlines It is your responsibility to ensure all materials required to complete your application are received by the Office of Admission by the appropriate deadline. Admission decisions are not made until applications have been completed and processed in their entirety. Your application is considered incomplete until you have completed your audition/interview. Freshman Applicants Auditioning/Interviewing In-Person: • Early Action applicants must have auditions/interviews completed no later than December 1. • Regular Decision applicants must have auditions/interviews completed no later than March 1. Transfer Applicants Auditioning/Interviewing In-Person: • Students seeking to transfer into the Spring semester must complete auditions/interviews by December 1. • Students seeking to transfer into the Fall semester must complete auditions/interviews by March 1. Electronic Submissions: All videos and accompanying materials submitted electronically must be uploaded no later than March 1. General Audition Information Audition/interview appointments for all CoPA majors must be reserved online. The sites for each division are as follows: • Conservatory of Music: https://web.chapman.edu/MusicAuditions/ • Department of Theatre: https://web.chapman.edu/TheatreAuditions/ • Department of Dance: https://web.chapman.edu/DanceAuditions/ Please note times fill up quickly. When all times are filled, prospective students should call their division of interest directly to be added the the waitlist or electronically submit a video audition. Electronic Auditions Applicants are encouraged to audition/interview in person whenever possible. If a live audition is not possible, an applicant may upload a prerecorded video audition or portfolio (technical theatre and composition applicants only) and the accompanying materials. Recorded auditions should follow the same guidelines for live auditions as specified by each division. Edited live performance videos are not acceptable. Videos should include an introduction, a brief discussion of your performing experience, and answer to the question “Why do you want to attend Chapman?” Before beginning your performance, please also speak the title of your piece and the author, composer, or choreographer. Students auditioning by video upload may also be interviewed by phone at the discretion of the division if further information is needed. See http://web.chapman.edu/CoPAAuditionUpload for additional instructions for uploading your video. Talent Awards Applicants to all CoPA majors are automatically considered for talent awards. Talent awards are offered to new incoming CoPA majors only.
Conservatory of Music Music Audition Information Instrumental: All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Instrumental Emphasis, or the Bachelor of Arts in Music should visit the Conservatory of Music Web site for a detailed listing of audition requirements, by instrument: http://www.chapman.edu/admission/music/auditionInfo.asp. Guitar: All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, or the Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Instrumental Emphasis with guitar as their primary performing medium, should prepare two selections of contrasting styles from standard repertoires, performed from memory. Selections chosen should demonstrate the applicant’s ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility. Piano: All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Performance – Keyboard Collaborative Arts, or the Bachelor of Arts in Music, should prepare three of the four following piano works, performed from memory: 1. J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue or Suite 2. One Movement of a Classical Sonata 3. Romantic Piece 4. Impressionist, 20th Century, or Contemporary Piece The auditioning student may also be asked to sight read and play major and minor scales and arpeggios. Vocal: All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Vocal Emphasis, or the Bachelor of Arts in Music should prepare two vocal selections, performed from memory. The audition pieces can be arias or art songs in any language. Musical theatre, jazz or pop selections are not acceptable for audition. An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music. The auditioning student may also be asked to vocalize and sight read during the audition. Composition: All students seeking admission into the Bachelor of Music in Composition should upload scores in PDF format and audio recordings of performed works with the CoPA Departmental Application. See http://web.chapman.edu/CoPAAuditionUpload for more information. Candidates must also audition on their primary instrument: voice, keyboard, guitar, or orchestral instrument (see above requirements). Conducting Audition: All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Performance with an emphasis in Conducting, either Instrumental or Choral, must audition on their primary instrument: voice, keyboard, guitar or orchestral instrument (see above requirements). Music Portfolio Information Please either upload these items with your application or bring with you to your audition. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your CommonApp ID (if available) at the top of all of the following items. Goal Statement Write an up to one-page statement briefly describing your musical experience, the area of emphasis you wish to pursue, why you wish to pursue it, and why you would like to study at Chapman. Conclude your essay with a description of your future dreams, goals and intentions. One Letter of Recommendation Include at least one letter of recommendation from your most recent music instructor. Music Résumé Submit a music résumé that highlights your musical training, experiences and/or performances. Photo It is optional to submit a photo to identify you. Professional headshots are not necessary.
Department of theatre Theatre Audition Information Acting or Directing Emphasis: Prepare two monologues totaling not more than three minutes. One should be classical, preferably from a work of Shakespeare, and the other should be contemporary (not from a screenplay). It is recommended that you choose pieces that are age appropriate. Please do not use dialects, props or costumes. Monologue performances will be evaluated on preparation, use of language and text, clear intention and purpose, sense of truth, emotional connection and availability, and range of vocal and physical expression demonstrated. Theatre Technology Emphasis: Prepare a technical/design portfolio of your production work to bring with you. Your portfolio should consist of 5 to 10 pieces of your technical or design work that demonstrate your experience in areas of particular interest and the range of your skills. If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of their drawings may use photographs or their résumé to show the work they have done. Plan to spend 20-30 minutes in your portfolio interview. Portfolios will be evaluated on creativity, ability to communicate the artistic and creative process, range of skills demonstrated, and potential for growth. All incoming theatre majors begin in the BA Theatre program. Auditions for the BFA programs in Theatre Performance and Screen Acting are held for current students only. On the day of your audition: Arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time in order to allow time to find the office and warm up. For acting auditions, dress professionally in clothing and footwear that does not restrict your movement. Items to Bring to Your Theatre Audition Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the last four digits of your Social Security number and your CommonApp ID (if available) at the top of all of the following items. Goal Statement Write a goal statement up to one page in length, briefly describing your theatre experience, the area of emphasis you wish to pursue (BA Acting/Directing, BA Technology, BFA Theatre Performance or BFA Screen Acting), why you wish to pursue it, and why you would like to study at Chapman. One Letter of Recommendation The letter should come from your most recent theatre instructor or professional with whom you have worked. Theatre Résumé This should include your training, teachers, performance and backstage experience. Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done. You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received. Photo All we need is a photo to identify you. Professional headshots are not necessary.
Department of Dance Dance Audition Information Prepare a 2-4 minute dance solo demonstrating a wide range of your dance technique and artistry. It may be a dance you choreographed or a dance someone has choreographed for you. (Please be sure to credit the choreographer.) If you have skills in more than one dance form (jazz, modern, ballet, tap, etc.) you may wish to present two separate shorter pieces to demonstrate your talent. Technical prowess, presence, musicality, expression and performance quality will be evaluated to determine admittance to the Department of Dance as well as talent awards. On the day of your audition: • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time and warm up. • Bring your music on CD or iPod. If you are burning your own CD, be sure the music is saved in a .wav format. • Wear a leotard and tights or other form-fitting clothes with appropriate shoes. Please do not wear skirts, T-shirts, shorts, sweats or costumes. Items to Bring to Your Dance Audition Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your CommonApp ID (if available) at the top of all of the following items. Goal Statement Write a goal statement up to one page in length, highlighting your educational and career goals. For example: Where do you see yourself in 510 years? One Letter of Recommendation The letter should come from a teacher or professional that has worked with you. Dance Résumé This should include your training, teachers, performance and choreographic experience. You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you may have received. Photo All we need is a photo to identify you. Professional headshots or dance photos are not necessary.