The Department of Fine and Performing at Loyola University Chicago houses the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. We are located primarily in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on Loyola's north-side Chicago Lakeshore Campus. We accept submissions related to our programs and the Ralph Arnold Gallery,
Thank you for your interest in Loyola University Chicago’s Bachelor of Arts in Dance.
To be considered for the dance major at Loyola University Chicago, dancers must attend an audition on our Lake Shore Campus in Chicago. If you are unable to attend the primary audition for the major you may choose the alternate date listed.
Please remember - acceptance to the Dance program is contingent upon acceptance to Loyola University Chicago. For admissions applications and details, click here.
The audition will take place on Saturday February 8th 2020.
Audition Day Schedule :
- 9:00am: Audition Check-In
- 9:30am: Welcome Remarks from the DFPA Chairperson
- 10:15am: Student and Parent Orientation (Dance)
- 11:00am: Ballet Class
- 12:15am: Modern Combinations
- 1:00am: Dance Majors Q&A Panel
- 1:30pm: Small Group Interviews
(Schedule subject to change)
Please be sure to wear appropriate dance attire.
You must complete the application in order to register for Dance Major Auditions.
If you are unable to attend the February 8th audition there will be and alternate audition on Friday March 27th, 2020.
As part of your audition we request that you submit a solo on video:
- Solo should two-minutes long and choreographed
- May be of any technique or style you choose
- May be composed by the dancer or another choreographer
For audition requirements, please see our website.
For Visitor Information, please click here.
Although we prefer in-person auditions, we do recognize that some students, particularly international students, may not be able to attend the audition.
To that end, please see the following instructions for submitting a video submission:
- Ensure you have filled out this application
- Provide the following video sequences of Ballet technique:
- Barre work: Plies in all positions; Tendus from 5th position; Rond de Jambe a terre; Fondus with Développé
- Center work: Tendus with Pirouettes en dehors; Adagio
- You only need to demonstrate on one side, but should alternate sides for different exercises
A link to your video audition should be added to your application along with a two minute solo of your choosing. You may also send a link to the Director of Dance, Sandra Kaufmann, at: email@example.com
Please contact the DFPA at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
We sincerely look forward to seeing you!
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Thank you for your interest in the Music Program at Loyola University Chicago.
Application to the Music Major is a two-part process: an application for admission to the University and an application to audition for the major. If you have not completed the general application, please do so here.
There are four audition dates for prospective Music Majors entering in the 2020-2021 academic year:
- Friday, November 8, 2019
- Saturday, February 8, 2020
- Friday, February 21, 2020
- Friday, March 27, 2020
The main audition for the Music Major is on Saturday, February 8, 2019. Auditions will also be held on November 8, 2019, February 21, 2020 and March 27, 2020 or via video.
Prospective Music Majors are highly encouraged to attend the February 8 audition if possible. Representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid will be in attendance, and tours and an opportunity to meet the music faculty and current students will be more readily available. To be eligible for music scholarships, students must audition before March 1, 2020, preferably in person. Please visit our scholarship page for more information.
All students seeking admission to the Music Major must audition.
Audition Dates and Times
The February 8, 2020 audition schedule is as follows:
- 9:00am - Check In (Mundelein Center Info Desk)
- 9:30am - Welcome Remarks from the DFPA Chairperson (Palm Court)
- 9:45am - Welcome Remarks from the Music Faculty (Music Hall)
- 10:30am - Auditions Begin (Music Hall)
- 1:00pm - End of Day
* Details, and final schedule will be emailed to you by February 1. Individual audition times will be available during check-in on the day of the audition.
The November 8, 2019, February 21, 2020 and March 27, 2020 audition schedule is as follows:
- 12:00-1:15pm - Check In (Mundelein Center Info Desk)
- 1:30pm - Welcome Remarks from the Music Faculty (Music Hall)
- 2:00pm - Auditions Begin (Music Hall)
* Details, and final schedule will be emailed to you one week prior to your audition. Individual audition times will be available during check-in on the day of the audition.
To submit a video audition: complete this application and then upload a high quality video to YouTube or Vimeo following the repertoire guidelines below. Please submit your video audition by April 1, 2020. Once your video is ready for review, simply email the URL to Anthony Molinaro, Director of Music, at email@example.com. As long as your Music Major application is complete, and you have been accepted to the University, you can expect to hear back from us within two weeks.
Voice: (including students auditioning for the Vocal Performance or Sacred Music Concentration) - two contrasting songs, with at least one in a foreign language. An accompanist will be provided.
Instrumentalists: two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire. All instrumental auditions are unaccompanied.
Jazz Studies Concentration:
- Saxophone / Trumpet / Trombone / Piano / Guitar / Vibraphone - Two contrasting pieces from the standard jazz repertoire including a 12-bar blues in F or Bb. Pianists, guitarists, and vibraphonists should demonstrate ability to play both melodic material and chord voicings. Applicants are welcome to bring play-along tracks (please have your music on a CD or a mobile device with a cord. We will not have bluetooth speakers available).
- Bass - Applicants should demonstrate an ability to walk a bass line for a 12-bar blues (in the key of Bb or F) and for Bb rhythm changes (the chord progression to “I Got Rhythm”). Please prepare one additional piece of your choice. Applicants are welcome to bring play-along tracks (please have your music on a CD or a mobile device with a cord. We will not have bluetooth speakers available).
- Drum Set - Applicants should demonstrate basic time-keeping ability in the following styles at a variety of tempos: swing, bossa-nova, straight 8th Latin, rock/funk.
For questions regarding your application or the audition schedule, please contact the DFPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.7510.
Thank you for your interest in the Theatre Program Scholarships at Loyola University Chicago.
Please remember – Theatre Scholarships may only be awarded upon acceptance to Loyola University Chicago. For admissions applications and details, click here.
To be considered for the theatre scholarship at Loyola University Chicago, students must attend an audition on our Lake Shore Campus in Chicago on Saturday, February 8, 2020. An alternative audition date is on February 3.
Because entry into the major is not contingent upon auditioning, there are no additional audition opportunities, in person or otherwise, beyond Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Your specific audition time will be given to you upon check in.
Questions? Check out the Theatre Scholarship Audition FAQ on our website.
From Project Lead, Gina Saglimbeni:
In my psychology class, we learned about Psychological Defense Mechanisms, which by definition are “unconscious distortions of a person’s perception of reality that reduce stress and anxiety.” In class, I specifically studied 10 different defense mechanisms: Denial, Repression, Rationalization, Projection, Reaction formation, Displacement, Regression, Identification, Compensation (Substitution), and Sublimation. Each mechanism is an unconscious reaction to a variety of events, emotions, situations, and circumstances. Life is hard, and by no means is it meant to be easy. In addition to understanding life’s complexities and obstacles, I think that it is just as important to know that not every reaction to life’s ups and downs can be planned or controlled. What we do have power over, however, is how we cope with this unpredictability. My Second Stage Project is meant to explore each unconscious defense mechanism connected to one or many scenarios, then connect it further to a healthy coping mechanism. We will search for already written scenes and characters who resemble these behaviors, as well as create some of our own. The defense mechanisms are out of our control, but the coping mechanism is where all our power is.
In My Defense: A Theatrical Exploration of the 10 Defense Mechanisms of Psychology is a research-based devised piece led by Gina Saglimbeni. Rehearsals will take place January 27th - February 2nd and February 4th - February 7th, with a final showing Sunday, February 9th at 11:00 am, all in MUND 125.
There will be a group audition Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 pm in MUND 125 which will consist of improv exercises and a group discussion of the application questions.
Please direct any questions about the project or application to Gina Saglimbeni (email@example.com) or DFPA Production (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Ralph Arnold Gallery produces four group exhibitions a year and focuses on local and regional artists and curators. Alongside exhibitions, we offer programming opportunities aimed towards Loyola students and the Chicago community at large. We accept submissions from regional curators and local individual artists to be considered for group exhibitions. Curators may not include themselves in exhibition proposals.
Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and exhibitions are planned a minimum of a year in advance. Proposals are archived for future consideration.
January 23 - February 14, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23, 5-7pm
All current Loyola University Chicago students are invited to submit work to the annual Student Art Competition including drawing, painting, photography, color theory, two and three-dimensional design, graphic design, ceramics and sculpture, and any combination thereof. All entries must be original works of the student and completed in the last year. Works submitted could be made within a class or independently.
Submissions Open: Monday, November 11, 2019
Submissions Close: Sunday, December 31, 2019
Accepted Submissions Notified: Friday, January 10, 2020
This exhibition will be juried from uploaded work. Students may enter up to three works for consideration, and a separate form should be filled out for each piece of work. Late submissions will not be considered.
Selection Process: This exhibition will be juried from uploaded images. Students may enter up to three works for consideration, and a separate form should be filled out for each piece of work. Late submissions will not be considered.
Media and Specifications: Open to visual art media including: painting, drawing, photography, video, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, and design.
Presentation of Accepted Artwork: Each piece accepted into the show should be labeled with student's name, title of piece, and medium on the back or bottom of the artwork. Student must include any special installation instructions and uncommon hardware. The Gallery Directors and Jurors retain the right to exclude work not professionally presented or not conforming to the prospectus guidelines.
Liability: All reasonable effort and care will be given for the works while in the care of the Ralph Arnold Annex. Limited insurance for the replacement of materials is provided in the event of loss or damage of works while on display in the Ralph Arnold Annex.
Sales and Reproduction: No commission is charged for the sale of work. Any inquiries will be directed to the artist. Entrants agree to allow accepted work to be reproduced as necessary for publication/promotion purposes.
Eligibility: Open to all currently enrolled Loyola University Chicago students. All works must be original and completed within the last year. Works submitted could be made within a class or independently.
Media and Specifications: Open to visual art media including: painting, drawing, photography, print making, sculpture, ceramics, metals, and design. Works that are performance, installation, or computer based are not eligible. Maximum weight of sculpture must be not exceed 50 lb. No work must exceed six feet in it's principle dimension and can fit through a standard door.
Presentation of Competition Entries: Submit 1 - 3 pieces of original artwork. Each actual piece should be labeled with student's name, title of piece, and medium on the back or bottom of the artwork. Photos, drawings, prints, and related 2D works must be properly matted with a white or neutral mat, but should NOT be framed or wired. Paintings should be wired for hanging, but not framed.
JUROR: JASON DUNDA
Jason Dunda is a Chicago-based Canadian painter. He is currently working on a project entitled “Various Incidents” in which he translates imagery of authority and control into portraitive abstractions. Recent projects include “A Hall of Unflattering Portraits,” a solo exhibition at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario; “Orange” at Slow in Chicago; “Shared Neuroses” at boundary in Chicago. International exhibits include the Heine-Onstad Art Centre in Oslo, and the Kuwait Art Foundation in Kuwait City. His work is represented in the collections of Todd Oldham, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto. Recent residencies include the Corporation of Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the SÍM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, and a four-month research and production residency in Paris sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. Dunda will open solo projects at flxst and Sidecar in 2019 and 2020.
Jason Dunda received an MFA from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from York University in Toronto. Outside the studio, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches studio and seminar classes in the Contemporary Practices and Arts Administration and Policy departments.
Questions? Please email Betsy Odom, Director of the Ralph Arnold Gallery: email@example.com
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts Marketing & Communications Office at Loyola University Chicago enlists a team of students to address the diverse marketing & communications needs of the Dance, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre Programs. The M&C Office focuses on increasing the visibility of the department within the university community, fostering community within the four divisions, and support the recruitment of talented students to our arts majors and minors. We are currently looking for an ambitious, self-motivated, and highly organized theatre student with an aptitude and/or interest in arts marketing to join the M&C team as our Theatre Marketing & Communications Associate.
The Theatre Marketing & Communications Associate will work under the direction of the Managing Director April Browning and Office Assistant Jose Perez and act as a liaison between the Theatre program and the M&C team, executing of a variety of responsibilities in support of the Theatre Program's marketing and communications initiatives, largely focusing on the areas of public programming promotion, internal communications, community building, and recruitment.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Planning and organizing social media campaigns for Theatre public programming
- Executing social media campaigns
- Assessing campaign efficacy on overall engagement and ticket sales
- Generating content in line with campaign goals
- Developing, writing, and editing feature stories for the Theatre website
- Coordinating photo shoots in close collaboration with student photographers and the Production Office.
- Serving as liaison to the Director of Theatre to determine communication needs
- Executing internal Theatre communications via Sakai
- Drafting releases for public programming, workshops, student opportunities, etc.
- Proofreading marketing materials
- Assisting with the managing content on the Theatre website
- Assisting the Managing Director with macro level initiatives
- Giving tours to and serving as a liaison for prospective students
- Excellent creative writing ability
- Knowledge of and proficiency with Social Media
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong project management skills
- Strong self-motivation
- Federal work-study eligibility
- Proficiency with any of the following: Asana, Outlook, Hootsuite, Canva, Photoshelter, Photoshop, Vendini, T4, CSS, HTML
- Knowledge of Chicago theatre community
- Knowledge of Loyola University departments, campus buildings, organizational structure
- General interest in arts marketing and administration
Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2019
Job Beginning: January 2020