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!
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.
When Patrick is not at CCPA or performing, he can be found training for races (2008 and 2012 Chicago Marathon finisher), or cooking up a storm with his partner Jason in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Brianna Borger, Assistant Director of Admission
Acting and Musical Theatre
Brianna started at CCPA in 2009 as an Admission Counselor. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre performance from Millikin University, where she was also an active participant in the classical music program, winning first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition four years in a row.
Brianna is actively involved in the Chicago theatre scene, most recently performing as Petra in the critically-acclaimed A Little Night Music at Writer's Theatre in Glencoe. In 2011, she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for her performance as Anna Leonowens in The King & I at Porchlight Music Theatre. Other Chicagoland credits include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (Porchlight Music Theatre), Lily in The Secret Garden (Light Opera Works), The American Girl Revue (American Girl Place Chicago), and the World Premiere of The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). She will next been seen in Stephen Sondheim's Road Show at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in the Spring of 2014.
Prior to arriving in Chicago, Brianna headlined as Anna Leonowens in the International Asian Tour of The King & I, performing throughout China, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. She also toured the United States in Gypsy and A Christmas Carol. Regional credits include Carlotta in Phantom, Mrs. Potts in Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Patsy Cline in Always...Patsy Cline, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins, and Muzzy VanHossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie at theatres including Northern Stage, Wagon Wheel Theatre, The Armory, and the Alaska Shakespeare Festival.
Brianna is also a freelance graphic designer and vocal coach, as well as an avid chef and dinner party hostess. She is married to Adrian Aguilar, a Chicagoland actor and personal trainer, and is the proud mother of Ian Aguilar, who was born in March of 2013!
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’s Chicago credits include Young Heidi u/s in Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Marie in Voice Check: A Woyzeck Cabaret (Chicago Opera Vanguard), Cloclo Moustache in Cloclo (Chicago Folks Operetta), and Lucy Lockit in The Beggar’s Opera (DuPage Opera Theatre). She spent the last two summers on Cape Cod with the College Light Opera Company, where she was seen as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Lill Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate, Eva Peron in Evita, Huguette in The Vagabond King, and Lalume in Kismet.
Robert Quintanilla, Admission Counselor
Classical Guitar, Music Composition, Music Education, Piano, and Classical Voice
Robert joined CCPA as an Admission Counselor in 2011. A native of San Antonio, Texas, he is a graduate of the Northeast School of the Arts and received the BM in Voice from CCPA in 2011. At CCPA, he appeared as Pooh-bah in The Mikado.
Past seasons have seen him as Erster Priester/Zweiter Geharnischterman in Die Zabuerflote and Le Roi in Cendrillon with the Elardo Young Artists Program in Brugge, Belgium, and as Dulcamara in L'elisir d'Amore with the Italian Operatic Experience. He was most recently seen performing as Arlequin in the Savoyaires' Eyes and No Eyes and as Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Candid Concert Opera.
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