The CCPA Office of Enrollment is your primary point of contact for information about applying to, auditioning for, and enrolling in the Music and Theatre Conservatories of Roosevelt University. All of our staff members have extensive backgrounds as artists and performers and have earned degrees in the performing arts. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have!
CCPA Office of Enrollment & Student Services
Patrick Zylka, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services
Prior to his appointment in 2012, Patrick served as Coordinator of Music Admission & Financial Aid at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. He earned his BMus in Bassoon Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MMus in Bassoon Performance at the University of Michigan. Former teachers include Cynthia Cameron-Fix, Marc Vallon, Richard Beene, and Jeffrey Lyman. While at the University of Michigan, he served as a Graduate Student Instructor and was recipient of the Emil & Jeannette Holz Scholarship and School of Music Regents Fellowship
An active freelance bassoonist, Patrick has been heard performing with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Elgin Opera Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Symphony Orchestra, among others. As an educator, he is former Associate Faculty at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil) and maintains a private studio of middle school and high school bassoonists from around the Chicago metropolitan area.
Sarah Gibson, Assistant Director for Admissions
Theatre (Acting, Musical Theatre – Voice Emphasis, Musical Theatre – Dance Emphasis)
Before coming to CCPA, Sarah was a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2007 where she received her BA (double-majoring in Speech & Theatre and English) as well as the Joan M. Fuzak Drama Award. After working in admissions for Endicott College in Beverly, MA and then for a voice-over training and demo production company, Sarah moved to London, England where she received her MA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in 2010.
Sarah is an active actress, director, and choreographer. Some of her most memorable acting roles include Claire in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard, Ophelia in Hamlet, Jacqueline in Don't Dress for Dinner, Kate Mullins in Titanic: The Musical, Sarah Palin in Let 'Em Have It, and Shooter in Action. The last show she directed/choreographed was Maltby and Shire's, Closer Than Ever, and her directing credits include Extremities, A Woman of No Importance, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Amanda Horvath, Admission Counselor
Orchestral Instruments (Brass, Harp, Strings, Woodwinds) and Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies
Amanda started at CCPA in 2011 as Interim Ensemble Operations Manager. She is from the Chicagoland area and holds a BM in Voice Performance from CCPA, where she was seen as Yum-Yum in The Mikado.
Amanda recently won a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actress as Mother in Ragtime (Big Noise Theatre). Chicago theatre credits include A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre); Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago); Smokey Joe’s Café (TheoUbique Cabaret Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, The Merry Widow (Light Opera Works). Two summers on Cape Cod with the College Light Opera Company included roles in Man of La Mancha; Kiss Me, Kate; Evita; The Vagabond King; Kismet; A Funny Thing…Forum. Her various cabaret and concert work includes sold-out cabaret shows at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret with Music Conservatory faculty member Dr. Dana Brown, the lead singer Agnetha in ABBA Salute: A Tribute to the Music of ABBA, and the opportunity to perform as an alumna in the CCPA Conservatory Chorus for their performances with The Rolling Stones at the United Center. Amanda can be seen this spring as Sara in the Chicago premiere of Murder Ballad with Bailiwick Chicago.