Programs - Music Theatre

BM in Vocal Performance: Music Theatre

Professional Music Theatre Training at a Liberal Arts University


Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a Specialization in Music Theatre

Full-time or part-time


Start Date:
Fall or Spring semester

Application Deadline:
November 1 (Early Decision 1)
January 1 (Regular Decision and Early Decision 2)
March 1 (Internal Transfer Applications)
April 1 (Transfer Applications)
Spring: October 1

Get intensive performance training in voice, acting, and dance while completing a full liberal arts education. In this bachelor of music program, you'll study with our renowned faculty in private lessons, studio/workshop classes, lecture classes, master classes, and seminars. You'll perform in fully-staged productions under the guidance of directors, choreographers, conductors, and designers from Broadway and major regional theatre communities, and prepare for a career in music theatre performance. 

What you'll learn
  • Music theatre history and repertoire
  • Training in voice, acting, and dance
  • Diction, speech, audition and business skills, and stagecraft
  • Song analysis, character analysis, music theatre styles, and vocal production – through a sequence of music theatre workshops

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How you'll learn 

A Full Liberal Arts Education in a Conservatory Setting
To complete this bachelor's degree, you'll take 141 points, or credits, of classes: 44 in liberal arts and 87 in music. You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, including introductory study of the humanities, social sciences, science, and quantitative reasoning, as well as complete core music classes in music history, music theory, aural comprehension, and keyboard skills. You'll also have the opportunity to take elective courses in music technology, music business, and music education.

The Integration of Singing and Acting
Our curriculum is designed for the accomplished young singer who seeks a program that fully integrates the study of voice with the study of acting. We're committed to the traditions of classically-based vocal training while creating an environment that allows you to explore the range of music theatre and popular repertoire expected of today's professional singers. You will take acting and dance classes taught by working professionals in the industry and voice training with leading vocalists from New York's professional community. You'll also have opportunities to cross traditional lines and take classical voice training and participate in opera workshops and fully-staged opera productions.

Performance Workshops
The core of our music theatre specialization training – along with private voice study, acting, dance, music theatre repertoire, and music theatre history – lies in a series of intensive performance skills workshops that explore such critical areas as movement, speech, diction, song study, scene study, audition skills, and business skills: essential "tools of the trade" you'll need to pursue your professional career.

Performance Opportunities
In addition to work in classrooms and studios, the program offers performance opportunities in fully staged productions under the guidance of professional directors, choreographers, conductors, musical directors, and designers. Our guest artists and faculty are drawn from New York's vibrant community of professional artists who count among their credits Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, and national tours. 

Graduation Showcase
You will perform a senior recital as your terminal degree experience. In addition, you will make your New York City "debut" in your final semester when you are presented to agents, casting directors, directors, and producers in our Graduation Showcase, a revue designed to feature the work of each student and help you make your first professional contacts in the industry.

Dual degree option: BM Music Performance/MA Music Education

We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.

For more information about this BM program, please contact 

Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim
Director of Vocal Performance