Chapman University Music Conservatory

<p>The Chapman only musicCollege of Performing Arts at Chapman University is the school in the country, most likely the world, that offers an undergraduate degree in choral conducting. (The Curtis Institute offers an orchestral conducting degree, but not choral)
I have looked into this program and as a high school vocal student preparing for college, I am quite interested. However many music professionals tell me it would be a bad decision and that I should develop my performance skills first. </p>

<p>What are your thoughts? Any personal connections to the topic? plz share. </p>

<p>Also do you know how good Chapman is as an academic institute? Music School?</p>

<p>What would you do with such a degree that a vocal/choral education degree wouldn't be at least as useful for?</p>

<p>Have you visited yet? Go visit, arrange a sample lesson, sit in on classes. D was accepted there with a large merit scholarship. Maybe we were there on an unusual day, but when we went for a post-acceptance visit, D was very disappointed. The voice teacher was fine, the voice class teacher that we saw was good as well, the choir sounded good. It was the students who disappointed us. D said that at least one third of the choir students entered the class late. She observed choir students texting during the rehearsal. In the voice class we observed (about 10 students), fully half walked in late. One student who was scheduled to sing that day never showed up. Another was totally unprepared. Worse, one student was texting and talking, and the professor reprimanded him. Another kid actually slurped his drink very loudly while someone was singing--you know, that sound when you're trying to get the last of the smoothie at the bottom!? It was appalling. The lack of discipline we observed was appalling. So go to visit. We really wanted to like Chapman, especially since D had a very attractive offer from there, but it was not to be. Fortunately for my D, the acceptance for her top choice school came in a few days after our Chapman visit. We are paying more, but not that much more, and we can manage it. </p>

<p>On the plus side for Chapman, D did attend an Opera performance there, and said that the singers were good.</p>

<p>Hi, does someone know about its reputaiton or anything about piano performance? (I am an international student, in my freshmen year of university. So I will be doing a transfer)</p>

<p>Why Chapman? Other schools you have looked at?</p>

<p>Yes, but I am still not sure if applying to a back-up plan.</p>

<p>Louchopain, start a new thread for this thanks.</p>

<p>Why start a new thread? The title is appropriate, even if your initial post was specific to choral conducting.</p>

<p>Not to be rude, but it's off the topic and my thread? Seems like a reasonable request if he wants the appropriate attention for his question.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, your demand was rude. These internet forums function best when the participants are "artificially polite." Your anonymity on this forum should not be viewed as an opportunity to behave in a way that is uncivil or discourteous. The music world is small and memories are capacious. As a rising 10th grader, you should be thinking about the way in which you present yourself to future mentors and colleagues. </p>

<p>As for the specifics of the thread title: you may have initiated this thread, but you can't control its arc. If you want to promote a more restricted topic, try making your titles more specific. "Chapman Music Conservatory Choral Conducting Degree".</p>

<p>Hey there, not insulting anyone here. I recommended to help the user out. He would get more attention on his own thread! No reason to critisize me, I didn't even say anything offensive?</p>

<p>BTW Did I say something to offend or verbally attack you? Cause that seemed like a little much. I don't even know you, and I think you've answered some of my other threads inwhich I have been grateful and have thanked everyone for their advice...</p>

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Louchopain, start a new thread for this thanks.

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<p>I believe glassharmonica is referring your your declarative tone, when in fact, you are making a request or a "helpful suggestion", because you have no ownership over a forum thread. </p>

<p>So it would have been more "sportsmanlike" to have made your request as such:
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Louchopin, you may receive more informed responses if you were to start your own thread.

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<p>-- If, in fact, you felt compelled to ask anything at all. It just seemed like you were irritated by the interjection of another poster, and the curtness of your response reflected this. This discussion board exists to help ALL prospects for GENERAL information, where possible.</p>

<p>Tuba asked a great question -- what do you hope to accomplish via this route? Chapman is not usually referred to in the traditional conglomerate of tippy top private music schools. Which, of course, doesn't mean a thing. Excellent film program, though ;)</p>

<p>Chapman is an interesting choice. A member of D3's Jyard precollege graduating class chose to go to Chapman (a fine violinist). D4 is planning to apply to their theater program.</p>

<p>I'm posting on this to note that the Choral Conducting major WILL BE discontinued starting in the fall of 2012.</p>

<p>This is because it is an unnecessary degree to go on and pursue a master's degree in choral conducting, and a DMA as well. Only 3 (4?) schools in the nation offer the degree, but it will most likely be discontinued in those schools as well, because it is so unnecessary.</p>

<p>I just wanted to let OP know this. I'd, personally, major in music education, or do a double in music ed and vocal performance, and then pursue your master's after you graduate and have experience in public schools.</p>

<p>@Anonymous25411</p>

<p>Oh noooo... Are you really sure they are discontinuing with the Choral Conducting degree program?? I really really wanted study conducting as an undergraduate there.. Man..</p>

<p>At least I still have another awesome second choice which is USC!! But still.. Argh.. </p>

<p>Thanks for the info though.</p>