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Performing Arts Facilities

Ganz Hall

GanzHallGanz Hall is located in the Auditorium Building. This space is used primarily for Music Conservatory recitals and chamber music concerts. It is one of the city’s ultimate examples of artistic and architectural collaboration—featuring the work of French painter Albert Fleury, designer Louis Millet and his collaborator George Healy, and architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, with assistance from their then-apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright. The carved wood panels and capitals, elaborate plaster work, gold-leaf stenciled arches punctuated with stunningly recreated cast-iron electric chandeliers and gilded lighting fixtures, unique hand-painted murals, and stained glass windows make Ganz Hall a stunning space in which all CCPA music students will have the opportunity to perform. 

The 195-seat recital hall is named after Rudolph Ganz, who served as President of the Chicago Musical College from 1934 to 1958. In 2003, Ganz Hall received the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, and in 2005 it was honored with the American Institute of Architects Chicago Design Excellence Award.

Patrick O'Malley Theatre

SweeneyThe Theatre Conservatory's Mainstage performance space is the O'Malley Theatre, a semi-thrust 210-seat venue presenting six productions and the Graduating Students Showcase each season.  With a raised platform stage and vaulted seating, the theatre is equipped with a technical grid, catwalk, production booth, and optional elevated orchestra pit.




Yolanda Lyon Miller Studio Theatre

Fall 2009The Miller Studio Theatre is a black box style venue with up to 88 seats that can be configured to create multiple versatile performance spaces.  Sound- and light-proof shutters create an intimate space with the most essential lighting and sound elements.  Eight productions and multiple student presentations are staged each year, including musical theatre cabaret performances, short plays, and a circus arts showcase.



The Auditorium Theatre

Auditorium TheaterThe Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is the crowning achievement of famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan.  It opened in 1889 and was immediately acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and functional theatre in the world.  Its architectural integrity and perfect acoustics are internationally recognized.  Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked as a draftsman on the project, called the Auditorium, "The greatest room for music and opera in the world - bar none."  It is the resident home of The Joffrey Ballet, and hosts a variety of events, from Broadway tours to rock concerts. Each spring, CCPA students perform in the annual VIVID! concert, which showcases students in both the Music and Theatre conservatories.

The Katten/Landau Studio

The Katten/Landau Studio is a brand new cabaret venue with sprung floor and versatile seating and staging.  The latest sound, lighting and flooring deliver a perfect dance venue for our inaugural performance in April 2014.  Operated by the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, it is located on the 4th floor of the Wabash building.

The Studios at 218

In addition to theatre rehearsal spaces in the Auditorium Building, CCPA also recently acquired four new studios two blocks north of campus at 218 S Wabash. Two 900 square foot studios and two 1700 square foot studios, each equipped with fixed ballet barres, sound system, mats, and a piano. Sprung dance floors, subdued lighting, large windows, and sound insulation reinforce the professional training at CCPA. Phase two of the project will bring locker rooms with showers, camera studio, seminar room, vocal studios, and faculty offices.

Electro-Acoustic Studios

The Electro-Acoustic Studios of Chicago College of Performing Arts consist of two distinctive, separate studio spaces. Both were renovated and reconstructed during the Fall of 2006.

Electro-Acoustic Studio 1556, which has one user station, is designed for those already having substantial experience in recording technique, digital editing, audio hardware and music software in the creation of sonic art works. This studio is mainly for the production of Electro-Acoustic Composition, Video Works, Visual Art, and Multi-Media works. Classes offered in conjunction with the studios are Electroacoustic Music II (MTA 326/426) and private lessons for individual users.

Electro-Acoustic Studio 1561 is equipped with four iMac computer stations that are connected to recording Equipment, each an Mbox and a MIDI interface. This studio is designed for beginning to intermediate level users who wish to explore recording technique and electronic music software. The classes that are offered in conjunction with this studio are Electronic Music I (MTA 325/425) and private or group lessons.

Performing Arts Library

Housed on the 10th floor of the Auditorium Building, the Performing Arts Library contains one of the best equipped music collections in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. It has an impressive collection of more than 75,000 music scores and books, and more than 25,000 recordings. 

Performing Arts Computer Lab

The Performing Arts Computer Lab is designed to support the students of CCPA with conventional and specialized software run by state-of-the-art hardware. Each of the 15 stations is equipped with Microsoft Office, the latest versions of the Sibelius and Finale music notation programs, ear-training software, and other specialized software for music education. 

Off-Campus Performance Venues

The Athenaeum Theatre opened in 1911 and featured a 1000-seat theatre for German Operetta, a gymnasium, bowling alleys, music and meeting rooms. Today, under the direction of SCT Productions, The Athenaeum is fulfilling its original purpose, providing office and studio performance spaces to the many companies of Chicago.

Benito Juarez Community Academy (1450 W. Cermak) in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood features a new 500-seat Performing Arts Center which has hosted performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is a state-of-the-art, 1,400-seat, downtown performance facility in Chicago's Millennium Park. The Harris serves as a national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations. The CCPA Symphony Orchestra and the CCPA Mainstage Opera typically perform on the Harris stage.

The Jazz Showcase is a piece of Chicago jazz history. Opened in 1947 by Chicago native Joe Segal, the Jazz Showcase has hosted everyone from local jazz musicians to jazz magnets, such as Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Count Basie.  For years the venue presented performances in its Gold Coast location. Today visitors enjoy jazz greats in the new South Loop location at the Dearborn Station building. The new space seats around 175 and has a few couches for those who want to lounge.

Senn Hall, the Senn Campus auditorium, blends state-of-the-art technology with the beauty and detail of the building's neo-classical design.  One of the finest performance venues on Chicago' s North Side, Senn Hall was completely renovated in 2010.  The 1,000-seat facility now features advanced sound and lighting systems, a dance stage and an orchestra pit.  Seating has been reconfigured and the floor was raised to allow for better sight lines and full accessibility. Today, Senn Hall is a resource for the school, the neighborhood and the entire performing arts community.

Located on downtown Chicago's Michigan Avenue, Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall was designed by Daniel Burnham and completed in 1904, the first permanent hall owned by any major American orchestra. It has become a symbol of Chicago's cultural life as home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has hosted countless recitals, lectures and appearances by notable personalities including Dame Myra Hess, Leontyne Price, Vladimir Horowitz, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel and Aaron Copland. In 1997 Orchestra Hall underwent an ambitious renovation and expansion, resulting in the creation of Symphony Center, a music complex featuring new rehearsal and performance spaces and a beautifully restored Orchestra Hall.