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.