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.

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Meet Adrian Dunn, CCPA’s new Advisor for Racial Equity and Minority Student Success!

The Center for Arts Leadership is thrilled to announce the appointment of Adrian Dunn as CCPA’s Advisor for Racial Equity and Minority Student Success. Below you will find specifics about this newly created role and Mr. Dunn’s background as an advocate for racial justice, entrepreneur, and performing artist. Over the past few years, Adrian has…

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‘By Binding Light’: Illuminating the Artist’s Responsibility

by Haley Henning (BMA ’21) When you have a platform, use it. Four of my brass-playing colleagues—David Nakazono (PD ‘21), Kerry Thomas (BMA ‘22), Cooper Johnson (MM ‘21), Bradley Geneser (BM ‘20)—and I have a large platform this Friday: Roosevelt University’s virtual commencement ceremony. When asked to record a few standard ceremonial pieces for brass…

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“Juneteenth Reflection” by Fred Peterbark, CCPA’s Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services

As we commemorate Juneteenth, my heart reflects upon this spiritual (My Lord, What a Morning) and Watchnight services of New Year’s Eve, which began as many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year’s Eve, in 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on…

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“United for Black Lives: A Benefit Concert for Black Lives Matter” by Marcela Ossa (BM Vocal Performance ’20)

As artists, we have a responsibility to use our craft to inspire people and inspire change. At first, I had created a concert called “United in Isolation” to benefit GlobalGiving and the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has become of greater importance that we stand firmly in support of our black communities, so we have decided…

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“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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