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. 

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 (please click here for information), 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 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 Ali Drumm. Email: Phone: 773.508.3830 

For music specific questions (e.g. the LUC music program, audition repertoire), please contact Anthony Molinaro, the Director of Music. Email: Phone: 773.508.2824

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. 

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
  • Create content for the gallery’s social media and web presence
  • 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 departmentA 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.

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