Chicago College of Performing Arts

The Center for Arts Leadership is a newly launched center for empowering students and alumni of the Chicago College of Performing Arts through experiential learning and growth opportunities in community engagement, social justice and career development.

“Out of My Dreams and Into Reality” by Anja Racic (BFA Musical Theater Dance ’23)

Hey, everyone! My name is Anja Racic, and I am a rising sophomore studying Musical Theater (Dance Emphasis) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Now that I have submitted my final papers and finished my final exams, I cannot help but think about what a journey my first year of college has been. The…

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Dear Class of 2020: Words of Encouragement from CCPA Faculty and Staff

My fellow 2020 CCPA graduates,  Can you believe that we actually made it to the end of the school year? Despite the incredible amount of change and adjustment that has been made in the last few months, the class of 2020 continued to grow, create art, and finished strong. While our journeys at CCPA are…

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Highlighting Student Leaders: Abbey Hansell-Baumgarten (BM ‘21 Saxophone Performance)

As we all deeply miss our CCPA friends and colleagues, the Center for Arts Leadership would like to highlight one student who made it her mission to provide a sense of community and comfort for her peers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Without the usual post-rehearsal hangs or Cafecito coffee runs, our students turned to a…

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Highlighting Student Leaders: Emma Nichols (BM ’23)

Leadership is in the Center’s name, and we want to highlight those students who make initiatives, big or small, to positively impact the Chicago College of Performing Arts community. Emma Nichols, BM ’23 in Oboe Performance, is one of those student leaders! Read our interview with her to learn about how she was integral in…

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The Bigfoot Blogs, Episode Two: Top 5 Ways to Pretend You’re a Professional (On Paper)

Howdy, CCPA robots. Bigfoot here. Again. And I’m going to be real with you all. I don’t have time for pleasantries. I’m an eight-foot tall, barely bipedal, unimaginably furry grad student in flute performance who has just run out of Pantene. Quarantine is rough, my dudes. Actually, scratch that. You know what’s rougher? This résumé…

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The Bigfoot Blogs, Episode One: “Checking In”

My dearest friends–CCPA and beyond, It’s me, Bigfoot.  Perhaps you think it’s flippant of me to write to you under these circumstances. Most of you haven’t met me in person and are much too overwhelmed by the chaos of quarantine to concern yourselves with my life. I understand this. Many of you are artists–dancers, musicians,…

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Inspiration from My Students

by Professor Shannon McGinnis Like many of you, I’ve struggled with a profound sense of loss and grief in the past several weeks. I miss seeing my students and colleagues every day. I miss making music, and talking about music, with my students. I miss my dedicated early-morning practice time, and I’m deeply sad about…

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“Overcoming the Fear” by Savannah Boles

By Savannah Boles (MM Saxophone Performance ’21) Hello, everyone! My name is Savannah Boles, and I am a first year master’s student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, studying saxophone with Dr. Weiss-Holmes. It was only recently that I began embracing my differences as a performer and found the confidence to stand up for…

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We’re All In This Together: A Guide to Surviving Social Distancing During COVID-19

With the decision to participate in social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, our daily lives, education, work, and even friendships will be experiencing lots of change in a very short amount of time. While it’s easy to spend time focusing on the negative, I instead would like to offer some advice, resources, and ideas for this time spent in self-quarantine.

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“Dreaming in Black: A Conversation with Adrian Dunn” by Chroma Music Chicago

Chicago College of Performing Arts alumni Alexandria Hill (MM Violin ’19) and Davis King (MM Viola ’19) began Chroma Music Chicago, a podcast exploring social justice issues in classical music, after being awarded the Performing Social Justice Seed Grant from the CCPA Center for Arts Leadership. In this blog, Alexandria and Davis talk about creating…

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