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Meet the CCPA Enrollment Office

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

Patrick Zylka was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services in 2012. Since that time he has presented on special admission topics at the National Performing Arts Roundtable Conference on three occasions, and served as conference host in 2015. Prior to his appointment at CCPA, 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 GibsonSarah 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 ExtremitiesA Woman of No Importance, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

HorvathAmanda Horvath, Admission Counselor
Voice & Opera, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Composition

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 ManchaKiss Me, KateEvitaThe Vagabond KingKismet; 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.

Ben Kenis, Admission Counselor
Orchestral Instruments (Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings), Music Education, Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies

Ben has been with Roosevelt University since 2014. Before coming to the Office of Enrollment in CCPA, he worked in the University's Office of Admission. Ben holds a Master of Music in Performance as well as dual undergraduate majors in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Professor Debra Richtmeyer and Dr. Michael Holmes.

As a performer, Ben was a member of the Cerulean Saxophone Quartet, which won first place in the 2012 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition in New York City. He recorded previously unpublished works for saxophone by Percy Grainger in collaboration with Dr. Joyce Griggs; the recording is scheduled to be released by the Naxos label in 2015. Ben was also a member of the UIUC Saxophone Ensemble, which recorded World Without Words: Debra Richtmeyer and the UIUC 2008-2009 Saxophone Studio. Before coming to Roosevelt, Ben was a music director at the Montessori Habitat School in Champaign, where he taught band and general music.