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,

The Ralph Arnold Gallery at Loyola University Chicago produces five 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.  

All Loyola graduates are invited to submit artwork for possible inclusion in our upcoming alumni exhibition.  We invite works in all media, including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, video, performance, sound art, and design.  Works must have been created after graduating from Loyola.

The exhibition will run from October 24, 2019- December 5, 2019.

To apply, submit up to five images or links to sound or video files via this Submittable application by September 1, 2019

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

The main audition for the Music Major is on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Auditions will also be held on February 22, March 29, or via video, but students are highly encouraged to attend the February 2 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, 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 2, 2019 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)

* Details, including your audition time, will be emailed to you by January 25. 

The February 22, 2019 and March 29, 2019 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, including your audition time, will be emailed to you one week prior to your audition.

To submit a video audition: complete this application and then upload a high quality video to YouTube following the repertoire guidelines below. Please submit your video audition by April 1, 2019. Once your video is ready for review, simply email the URL to Anthony Molinaro, Director of Music, at 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.

Audition Repertoire:

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 or 773.508.7510.

Thank you for your interest in Loyola University Chicago’s Bachelor of Arts in Dance. We are happy that you will be joining us for an in-person audition.

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 main audition date for the Dance Major has passed. Perspective majors are encouraged to audition in person during the alternative date on Friday, March 29.

Audition Day Schedule (3/29):

  • 1:30pm - 2:15pm:  Perspective students and their families meet with Director of Dance -  (location TBA)
  • 2:45pm - 4:15pm:  Ballet Class - Mundelein 409 
  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm: Showcase of current student choreography and dance research, perspective students and families invited to attend - Mundelein 409

Please be sure to wear appropriate dance attire.

You must complete the application in order to register for Dance Major Auditions. 

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.

Video Auditions:

If you are unable to attend the primary audition for the major you may choose the alternate date listed, which is March 29, 2019.  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 developpes
  • 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:

Please contact the DFPA at with any additional questions.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you!
Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty members in Fine and Performing Arts are invited to request funding for professional development and travel opportunities. After a request is submitted, the Chair will review materials and let applicants know if support can be offered.
Note that Faculty development funds are competitive and limited. There is an annual call for proposals each April for projects for the upcoming year academic year. The majority of funding is issued from that call, but please do apply for funding if opportunities present themselves outside of the primary funding cycle.

We will do what we can to support your scholarship, research and faculty development. 
Funds are primarily intended for full-time faculty, but staff and part-time faculty are welcome to submit requests. 

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. 

Student Position Description: Undergraduate Assistant- Gallery Assistant

General Description

The Gallery Assistant works with the gallery director, exhibition coordinator, and independently to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the gallery including installation and de-installation of exhibitions, maintenance of gallery and supplies, and serving as a docent during open gallery hours. Candidates must be prepared to carry out physical tasks, exhibit good organizational and technical problem solving skills, interact with the public as the face of the gallery, and maintain a high level of responsibility.


Primary Duties

During installation and de-installation of exhibits, the gallery assistant will:

  • Spackle, sand, tape, and paint walls and display structures
  • Transport pedestals and other exhibition supplies
  • Remove window vinyl
  • Clean painting equipment
  • Sweep and tidy gallery
  • Assist in packing and unpacking of work
  • Assist in hanging works
  • Organize packaging materials
  • Assist artists as needed

 Throughout the exhibition, the gallery assistant will:

  • Develop a strong understanding of the current exhibit so that it can be explained to visitors
  • Serve as a docent to the exhibition during open hours
  • Record the number of guests visiting during open hours
  • Check that the gallery is in good order—lights working, room clean, etc.
  • Organize the prep room
  • Organize the lighting
  • Inventory supplies


Departmental Student Employment Philosophy: The Department of Fine and Performing Arts considers all employees who provide essential technical services as important members of our team. Whilst it is our central goal to provide critical services to students, and a means of financial support to student employees, we believe it equally essential that our student employees gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience applicable in any situation. We anticipate our student employees will develop a good level of competence in:

  • Self-management
  • Empirical knowledge
  • Technical problem solving
  • Community

 Minimum Skills and Qualification:

  • Current student at Loyola University Chicago
  • Qualify for Federal Work Study
  • Able to work at the Lake Shore campus
  • Able to work evenings and/or weekends
  • Reliable
  • Basic math
  • Follow complex direction

No previous knowledge in gallery assisting is necessary; successful candidates are encouraged to learn on the job. Employee must show a willingness to routinely get dirty and to lift up to 50 lbs on occasion.

Work Location: Ralph Arnold Gallery, Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, 1131 West Sheridan Road, Lake Shore Campus.

A successful gallery assistant will develop their skills in self-management. A large part of the position involves monitoring the gallery during weekend and evening hours.  Throughout the semester, there will be periods of lighter and heavier gallery visitation.  The gallery assistant will play a vital role in fostering the sense of community amongst students working in the department.  A successful candidate can expect to expand their empirical knowledge of basic skills, tools, and techniques.  This position is also an excellent opportunity for a student employee to develop their technical problem solving skills as they may need to employ resources to resolve situations which impact the efficiency of the department as they arise. Because of the responsibility of their position, gallery assistant should expect to be viewed by students as holding some authority.

Marketing & Communications Associate/Gallery Website Manager Job Description

The Marketing & Communications Department of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts is looking for an ambitious a Fine Arts or Communications student with an aptitude for arts marketing to join the new marketing team as our Fine Arts Marketing & Communications Associate/Gallery Website Manager. This position is only open to current Loyola University Chicago undergraduate students.  Applicants must have a sophomore standing or higher.

The Marketing & Communications Associate works under the direction of the Marketing & Communications Coordinator and act as a liaison between their respective unit (Fine Arts) and the rest of the M&C team, which is comprised of DFPA students from the three other programs (Dance, Theater, and Music).  The Fine Arts M&C Associate will execute a variety of responsibilities in support of the department's M&C initiatives (promotion of public programming, internal communications, brand management, etc). The Associate is expected to give Fine Arts Program tours to perspective students and families as well as attend biweekly M&C Team meetings.

Additionally, the Associate will be regularly maintaining the Ralph Arnold Gallery website, building its social media accounts. The Associate will maintain regular office hours both at the Mundelein Building and at the Ralph Arnold Gallery during its public hours (Thurs: 12-7pm, Fri: 12-5pm, Sat: 12-5pm). 

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing social media campaigns for Fine Arts public programming
  • Executing the campaigns
  • Assessing efficacy on overall engagement, ticket sales
  • Generating content in line with campaign goals
  • Executing internal communications for their respective unit
  • Generating content for website (,, Vendini and Emma
  • Creating social media content
  • Social media posting/streaming during opening receptions
  • Coordinating photography shoots for each exhibition
  • Serving as a liaison to Director of Fine Arts and the Gallery Director to determine communication needs
  • Executing internal Fine Arts communications with majors, minors, and faculty via Facebook and Sakai
  • Executing internal Fine Arts/M&C communications to accurately and effectively schedule photographers for classes, rehearsals, and programming
  • Assist with the recruitment of prospective students to Fine Arts programming and recruitment events. 
    • Provide tours to prospective students as scheduled and available
  • Proofreading marketing materials
    • Access/Handpick photos for marketing and communication use
  • Work with the associates from other disciplines, office assistants to complete tasks and provide support for other projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with website maintenance
  • Excellent creative and formal/professional writing ability
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong self-motivation
  • Strong project management skills
  • Federal Work Study
  • Current Loyola Undergraduate student

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Flickr, Asana, Canva, Outlook, Vendini, Photoshelter, Wordpress and T4
  • Knowledge of Chicago visual arts community
  • Knowledge of Loyola University departments, campus buildings, organizational structure
  • General interest in arts marketing

Job Beginning: September 15 or sooner

Hours/week: 12-15



LUC Department of Fine and Performing Arts