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Vocal Programs

Musical Theatre at Jacksonville University 

Professional level productions are a part of our overall curriculum, including one fully-staged musical and one opera per year, as well as smaller-scale workshop productions and community outreach performances. Our performance facilities include the newly renovated Swisher Theatre (400 seats), Terry Concert Hall (425 seats), and the Fine Arts Hall and Studio Theatre.



The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Music Theatre is housed in the Music Division. We train singer/actors (especially crossover singers) to be competent, highly-skilled musical artist/actors. The BFA in Music Theatre is a professional interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare graduates for professional work in Music Theatre, incorporating extensive musical training with dance and theatre. The program includes four years of acting and dance (ballet, jazz, modern & tap), Music Theory I-III, Class Piano, Singer’s Diction and Music Theatre History. Performance opportunities include music theatre, light opera, jazz, theatre, film and dance, and opportunities abound for students to build skills outside of their area of expertise.


The Bachelor of Music (BM) in Voice Performance is a professional preparatory degree program which prepares students for careers in performance, private studio teaching, or preparation for study toward advanced degrees. The program includes four years of applied Voice study; Music Theory; Operatic and Vocal History and Literature; Singer’s Diction (Italian, German and French); and Vocal Pedagogy. Performance opportunities include one fully-staged opera per year, several smaller scale workshop and community outreach performances, and solo opportunities with various chamber ensembles.


Choral Music at Jacksonville University

Under the direction of Timothy Snyder since 2010, the Jacksonville University Choirs contribute to the cultural life of northeastern Florida by bringing high quality and artistically polished performances of the choral repertoire to campus, the community and the region.

The JU Choirs have performed for the American Choral Directors Association, Beaches Fine Arts Series, Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, and the Florida Music Educators Association.  Notable appearances include concerts in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, England’s Canterbury Cathedral and numerous collaborations with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. 

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There is place for all who wish to sing at JU, regardless of choral experience or major.  All interested students are encouraged to join us in one of three main ensembles:

University Women’s Chorus  - University Men’s Chorus

The University Women’s and Men’s Choruses are dedicated to the performance of choral music drawn from a variety of genres and styles, including classical and contemporary works, musical theatre, jazz, collegiate Glee Club repertoire and part-songs.   An emphasis is placed on vocal development and musicianship skills.  No Audition Required. 


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University Singers

Chamber Singers Tour.jpgA mixed ensemble of approximately 32 experienced singers selected by annual audition, the University Singers performs a varied and challenging repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony, Baroque chamber music and Classical masterworks to new music by living composers.  The University Singers maintain an active performance schedule, appearing frequently on campus, in the community and on tour.  Audition Required. 

Active chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda national honorary society in music, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Music Entertainment Industry Students Association, and the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference have been established on campus. The MEISA chapter helps coordinate activities for the JU based record label, Dolphinium Records.  Music students regularly perform in a variety of musical organizations and in recital formats required by their curricula. Numerous ensembles with regular rehearsals and performances provide experience for all JU students. Association with these organizations may require an audition.


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