William Hall, D.M.A.
Dean and Artistic Director, Musco Center for the Arts
Musco Center for the Arts will be a window to the Orange County community with a broad spectrum of performances by students and faculty from our esteemed Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and Departments of Theatre and Dance, in addition to regional and national touring ensembles. The Center will let our students shine on a world-class stage—lighting up the lives of performers and audience members for generations to come.
Chapman University has retained the architectural firm Pfeiffer Partners and sound acousticians Nagata Acoustics, and ground was officially broken for the Musco Center for the Arts on September 6, 2012. Learn more about the groundbreaking ceremony.
The total cost of construction for the proposed 1,100 seat state-of-the-art theatre is estimated to be $78 million.
The new facility will enhance the Chapman experience on campus, particularly for students at the College of Performing Arts, build bridges to the vibrant Orange County arts community, and elevate the college to new heights and prominence. It will allow the university to present world-class performances of opera, musical theatre, symphony, theatre and dance.
The center will also fulfill a critical need for increased rehearsal and performance space on campus. Existing arts education programs will find renewed energy as the limitations imposed by the present facilities are lifted and new possibilities for creative expression surge.
And it will open doors to majors yet to be offered by the college – such as programs in musical theatre and arts management – that have been on hold due to the lack of an appropriate training and performance facility.
Students will also benefit from invaluable real-world experience gained from working side-by-side with professional touring companies.