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,

"Oh Shit” is a two-week project, in which a group of 7-10 students will be addressing the issue of climate change through creating a devised two act play. The first act will be centered around the question of “how did we get here?”, delving into the man made causes of climate change. The second act will be focused on the question of “If we changed, who could we be?”, attempting to create a picture of an environmentally sustainable future. 

“Oh Shit” is a project for anyone who is spooked by oncoming environmental doom, has compassion for others, and loves to creatively problem solve! Using our bodies, our minds, and our voices, we will be exploring the causes of the climate crisis, our relationship to the climate crisis, and ultimately trying to see what the heck we can do about it. Because this is a work that is being created from scratch, artists involved can be actors, designers, writers, scholars, etc. Don’t feel pressured to be a performer! 

The application to be a part of this project has two components: an audition and two short essay questions provided below. The audition will include various group activities, games, improvisation, and discussion. Be ready to move, think, and collaborate with those around you. The essay questions are short and sweet, we just want to see how you relate to the issue of global warming. 

Rehearsals start Monday January 21st, and the performance will be Sunday February 3rd. 

AUDITIONS will be held Monday, December 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm in MUND 409.

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. 

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 amolinaro@luc.edu. 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. 

Questions:

For questions regarding your application or the audition schedule, please contact the DFPA at dfpa@luc.edu or 773.508.7510.

For music specific questions (e.g. the LUC music program, audition repertoire), please contact Anthony Molinaro, the Director of Music at amolinaro@luc.edu or 773.508.2824.

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.  

We strongly encourage attendance at the Friday, February 2, 2019 audition.

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


Please remember - acceptance to the Dance program is contingent upon acceptance to Loyola University Chicago. For admissions applications and details, click here.

For audition requirements, please see our website.

For Visitor Information, please click here.

Please contact the DFPA at dfpa@luc.edu with any additional questions.

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

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 February 2, 2019. An alternative audition date is available on February 4, 2019 (Monday evening).

Because entry into the major is not contingent upon auditioning, there are no additional audition opportunities, in person or otherwise, beyond Monday, February 4th.

Your specific audition time will be given to you upon check in. 

Questions? Check out the Theatre Scholarship Audition FAQ on our website.

All 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.  


Juried by Kristin Abhalter and Nathan Smith

Kristin Abhalter Smith is the founder and creative director of Roman Susan Art Foundation. She has an M.F.A. in Design & Technology for Theatre from University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Design and Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Abhalter Smith has shared her artwork at Art on Armitage, For The Thundercloud Generation, Ignition Projects, and Peanut Gallery in Chicago, Outcenter in Benton Harbor, STNDRD in Granite City, Art of This and Art Shanty Projects in Minneapolis, and Demo Project in Springfield. She also designs sets and paints for stage and motion picture. For work samples and more info, please visit kristin.abhaltersmith.com.

Nathan Abhalter Smith is a director of Roman Susan Art Foundation. He has worked as an exhibitions coordinator at 6018North and Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, and helps program art projects for The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. For work samples and more info, please visit nathan.abhaltersmith.org.


Important Dates:

Submissions Open: Monday, November 12

Submissions Close: Sunday, December 30

Accepted Submissions Notified: Friday, January 11, 2019

Accepted Submissions Delivered to Ralph Arnold Annex:  Thursday, January 17-- Saturday, January 19

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31


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. 


Questions? Please email eodom1@luc.edu or rvera@luc.edu.

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. 

LUC Department of Fine and Performing Arts