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 Conservatory -Style Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Although we prefer in-person auditions, auditions for academic year 2021-2022 will be online.
Please remember - acceptance to the Dance program is contingent upon acceptance to Loyola University Chicago. For admissions applications and details, click here.
We ask that your audition video be in two parts:
- Part A: 2 minute solo of any choreography of your choice
- Part B: Ballet foundations
In addition to your video audition, the dance faculty determine your alignment with the Dance program’s mission through reading your short essay and interviewing you over zoom on Saturday, February 6, 2021.
Directions for your video submission:
Your video should be downloaded online and attached to your registration.
- Please show a two-minute long choreographed solo
- May be of any technique or style you choose
- May be composed by the dancer or another choreographer
- Plies in all positions
- Tendus from 5th position
- Rond de jambe a terre
- Fondus with developpe’
- Tendus with pirouettes en dehors
- If possible please include a traveling combination and petit allegro
Please contact the DFPA at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
We sincerely look forward to reviewing your application!
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Auditions for Fall 2021 admission to the Music Major at Loyola University Chicago will be done via video.
Please submit your pre-recorded video audition via YouTube as early as you would like, but no later than April 5, 2021.
Once your video is ready for review, simply email the URL to Anthony Molinaro, Director of Music, at email@example.com (be sure your video is listed as “public” or “unlisted.” If it is listed as “private” we will not be able to view it).
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 to three weeks from the date of your video submission. Repertoire requirements and all other details are below.
Please note that there will be multiple opportunities to meet with the music faculty via Zoom, including our main session on February 6.
Meet The Music Faculty
December 19: 11:00am-12:00pm (CST) [registration link]
January 16: 11:00am-12:00pm (CST) [registration link]
February 6: Department of Fine and Performing Arts Info Session. In addition to the opportunity to meet with the music faculty, this session will include representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid. [detail TBA]
While most scholarships at Loyola University Chicago come directly from the College of Arts and Sciences, the music department does award a few scholarships each year. To be eligible for music scholarships, students must submit their video audition before March 1, 2021. Please visit our scholarship page for more information.
Voice (including students auditioning for the Vocal Performance or Sacred Music Concentration): two contrasting songs, with at least one in a foreign language. Pre-recorded accompaniment or a cappella auditions are acceptable.
Instrumentalists: two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire. Instrumental auditions may be accompanied or 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 the ability to play both melodic material and chord voicings. Applicants are welcome to audition with play-along tracks.
- 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 audition with play-along tracks.
- 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, please contact the DFPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our Theatre Program is liberal arts based, values all aspects of theatre and seeks students with a multiplicity of interests. Your scholarship audition may take the form of:
- Acting - Acting auditions should consist of 2 contrasting selections totaling 3 minutes. 1 can be a musical selection.
- Presenting a portion of an academic paper
- A sit down interview and portfolio review of design, stage management, or technical theatre experience
- A combination of the above
To be considered for the theatre scholarship at Loyola University Chicago, students must attend an online audition/interview via Zoom on the morning of Saturday, February 6, 2021. Schedule of the day and details will be sent to you via email by early January 2021.
Because admission into the major is not contingent upon auditioning, there are no additional audition opportunities beyond Saturday, February 6, 2020.
Questions? Check out the Theatre Scholarship Audition FAQ on our website.
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 29 - March 7, 2021
Virtual Reception: Saturday, February 20, 2021, 5-6:30pm
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, performance, video, installation, sound work, 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: Friday, November 20, 2020
Submissions Close: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Accepted Submissions Notified: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
This exhibition will be juried from uploaded work. Students may enter high resolution images of 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.
New for 2021: During this exhibition, the Ralph Arnold Gallery will only be visible through the large windows on the front of the building. This exhibition will take place both physically in the Ralph Arnold Gallery and as an online exhibition. Accepted works eligible for physical exhibition must be delivered to the mailroom or shipped at the artist’s expense. If physical delivery of accepted work is not possible, there will also be an online exhibition where accepted works can be viewed.
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.
Selection Process: This exhibition will be juried from high-resolution uploaded images [see specifications below]. 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: drawing, painting, photography, color theory, two and three-dimensional design, ceramics, sculpture, and any combination thereof. Maximum weight of artwork for physical exhibition should not exceed 50lbs. No work for physical exhibition must exceed six feet in its principle dimension and must fit through a standard door.
Presentation of Accepted Artwork: Each piece accepted into the show should be wrapped and labeled with student's name, title of piece, and medium on the back of the artwork. While the gallery has the ability to hang most of the artwork and can provide pedestals, shelves, etc., student must include any special installation instructions and uncommon hardware, such as special pins or hanging devices. The Gallery Directors and Jurors retain the right to exclude work not professionally presented or not conforming to the prospectus guidelines.
Drop Off: Students wishing to have their work dropped off in person can do so via the Loyola mail room at the Lake Shore Campus located in the Facilities Building at 6317 N. Broadway on Friday, January 22, between 12-4pm CT.
Shipping: Shipped work should arrive no later than Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Works should be shipped to:
Loyola University Chicago
Attention: FINE ARTS - Student Juried Exhibition
1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Return Shipping: Students requiring return shipping must include pre-paid shipping label with their packaging.
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.
Presentation of Competition Entries: Submit 1 - 3 pieces of original artwork.
Instructions for In Gallery Exhibition
Each actual piece should arrive in protective packaging and should be labeled with student's name, title of piece, and medium on the back or bottom of the artwork. 2D works may be framed, unframed, or matted.
Instructions for Digital Entries
Images should be in landscape (horizon format) at 300 dpi and should be no smaller than 1920x1080px. Acceptable image formats: .jpg, .png, and .gif.
Videos should be 1920x1080 pixels (standard widescreen format) with a frame rate of either 24fps or 30fps. File sizes should be under 250mb. If students have trouble compressing down to that size, they should reach out for assistance. Acceptable video file format: .mov, .gif, and .mp4.
JUROR: RUBY T
Ruby T’s work is an experiment in translating fantasy to reality, and she is fueled by anger, desire, and magic.
Ruby T was named a 2018 Breakout Artist by Newcity and has had solo and two-person exhibitions in Chicago at Western Exhibitions, Randy Alexander Gallery, Roots & Culture, The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, and Woman Made Gallery. Group exhibitions include Hyde Park Art Center, EXPO Chicago, ACRE Projects, Ballroom Projects, Roman Susan, all in Chicago and at Monaco in St. Louis. She has performed and screened video works at Chicago spaces including Iceberg Projects, Weinberg/ Newton Gallery, Gallery 400, Chicago Filmmakers, and Comfort Station. Ruby T received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and lives and works in Chicago.
Ruby’s illustrations and comics have been published by Temporary Services and the short-lived Land Line. Her work has been written about and reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, The Chicago Reader, and Chicago Artist Writers. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Public Affairs and residency and fellowship awards from Ox-Bow, Wassaic Project, and ACRE. Her band Lezurrexion performed in over 50 crusty basements, clubs, and secret outdoor spaces between 2011 and 2015, and she is a current member of the organizing collective Make Yourself Useful.
Questions? Please email Betsy Odom, Director of the Ralph Arnold Gallery: email@example.com