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Commitment to a Foundation of Inclusivity

The BFA Music Theatre Program is committed to moving beyond words into actions that create an environment associated with inclusion, the program that is anti-racist and anti-oppressive, and a curriculum whose foundation is grounded in methodologies that embrace a global perspective for training the next generation of Music Theater performers, artists, and entrepreneurs.

In examining our participation in upholding the structure of white supremacy, the faculty plus staff in the Music Theatre program acknowledge the pain our complicity may have caused and are dedicating time and resources to dismantling the particular structures that will have upheld racism, patriarchy, and other forms of exclusion, recognizing that the objectives of many of our educational institutions were founded on maintaining supremacy over minds, bodies, laws/policies, and basic truths.

We begin this work, first, by outlining goals with regard to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Access for all. This includes professional development for our instructors, curricular innovation, collaboration with outside experts within Radical Inclusivity, and a commitment in order to embrace plus demonstrate mutual respect regarding every student. We then move beyond this into the practice associated with daily anti-racist, anti-oppressive activities recognizing that the work is not finite.

The Music Theatre faculty and staff recognize that will our goal of centering the most marginalized among us empowers the whole of us. Elon Music Theatre is committed to broadening our idea associated with what musical theatre will be and can be. With a reputation for excellence in training and an eye toward the future of the industry, WE ARE ELON MUSIC THEATRE.

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Auditions and Financial Aid

Admission to Elon’s music theatre program is by audition. Audition dates are set annually within the fall and spring.   View the list of upcoming audition dates.   Students may audition before being admitted to Elon; however, all offers associated with admission to the music theater program are pending until a student is accepted towards the university. Additional information regarding financial aid is available on the University Scholarships  page; visit this  link for details and deadlines. Please feel free to contact Professor Julio Matos at [email protected]. edu if you have any questions.

We will also have virtual Music Theater information sessions on Thursday, February 3rd, March third, April 7th, and May 5th from 4: 00-4: 45 via Zoom. Make sure you click on the  hyperlink   to participate.

Please note that these information sessions are usually for current high school juniors plus sophomores.

Preparing graduates in order to take center stage

Casting directors and talent agents take notice when they see “Elon University” upon the resumes of music theatre graduates. That’s because Elon has built a reputation in the industry intended for producing mature, talented, energetic and creative performers. If you have  your sights arranged on performing in songs theatre, Elon will prepare you for the spotlight. The music theatre program is a good intensive course of study and performance, focused on  providing you with the particular knowledge, experience, and expert exposure you need to build a successful career on stage or in graduate school.

Working in close contact with our own expert teachers, you will develop and sharpen your acting, singing, and dancing skills. You will explore the theories of the craft and learn firsthand how to put those ideas into practice. And you won’t have to wait  in line to get stage time. Beginning your own first semester, you will find abundant opportunities to sharpen your skills in stage productions, concerts, revues and recitals.

Long before you graduate, a person will make valuable contacts in professional music theatre by participating in master classes, auditions, conventions, competitions plus workshops.

I couldn’t have asked for a better training ground than Elon. The environment created by the talented and nurturing faculty encourages self-exploration, passion for your craft, plus success. It’s a wonderful community. I worked very hard and had the period of my life.

Lindsay K. Northen ’03, Broadway cast of “Wicked”

Innovative curriculum

Elon offers a Bachelor associated with Fine Arts degree in music theater. The music theatre program admits 16 to 20 new students each year, which means each student receives the kind of near, personal attention that will bring out his or her best.

The particular course of study trains students within the three essential elements of music theatre: music, performing, and dance. Major requirements include:

  • Individual Voice Instruction – all four years
  • Beginner and Advanced Music Theory
  • Piano Class or Private Piano Lessons
  • Acting We
  • Acting II
  • Acting III
  • Performance inside Music Theatre
  • History of Music Theater
  • Music Theatre Literature
  • Senior Seminar – two semesters
  • Dance pertaining to the Musical Stage (I-IV) – all years

Each major must furthermore complete several electives and dance credits. Course offerings include:

  • Acting meant for the Camera
  • Contemporary Vocals
  • Music Theater Styles
  • Fosse-Inspired Dance plus Choreography
  • Songs Theatre Scene Study
  • Jazz I-III
  • Ballet I-VI
  • Modern I-VI
  • Tap I-III
  • Beg., Int., and Adv. Punk for Music Theatre
  • Plead. /Int. plus Int. /Adv. Ballet designed for Music Theatre

Expert faculty

At Elon, you will learn from dynamic professors who combine years of industry experience with a passion for teaching. The teachers includes expert actors, musicians, and dancers whose credit include performances in theatres, concert halls, and opera houses on and off-Broadway, throughout the particular nation, and abroad.

Early experience upon stage

While classroom learning is critical, we view the stage as the laboratory in which to practice one’s create. Throughout your own academic career, you may have the chance to participate within productions including musicals, student-directed productions, plays, musical revues, recitals, singing ensembles, dancing performances, workshops, readings, plus masterclasses conducted by visiting industry professionals. Recent on-campus shows include The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, All of us Will Rock You, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, The 1940’s Radio Hour, Once on This Island, The Wedding Singer, Sweeney Todd, American Idiot, Baby, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hello, Dolly!, Little Women, Cats, and Parade , in addition to our MT Box featuring new and devised works by up-and-coming music theatre writers.

Real-world experience

Most college students in the performing arts programs leave Elon with professional credits on their maintains. Through internships, summer theater work, and other opportunities, you may develop significant real-world encounter before you graduate. Among the venues, our learners have worked are the following:

  • Songs Theatre associated with Wichita
  • Pittsburg Civic Light Opera
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Flat Rock and roll Playhouse
  • Arkansas Repertory Theater
  • The Sacramento Music Circus
  • The Muny
  • Papermill Playhouse

Music theatre majors routinely take part in Elon’s nationally recognized study abroad programs, which include classical studies in Greece, semester residencies in London, and jobs and to truly with the Greater london Theatre.

After graduation

Graduates of the past four graduating classes have joined the particular Broadway casts of The particular Book associated with Mormon , Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, and Hamilton ; joined the National Tours of The Book of Mormon , A Bronx Tale,   Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Finding Neverland, Something Rotten!, and The Spongebob Musical ; performed Off-Broadway in Fiorello ; signed with prestigious agencies like DGRW, CGF Talent, CESD, BRS/Gage, Harden-Curtis, MSA, Bloc, Avalon Artists, The particular Price Group, The Roster Agency, Take 3 Skill Agency, The Mine, and more; joined production on Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Collection, Royal Caribbean, and Viking Cruise Line; plus performed regionally all over the country at theatres like Paper Mill Playhouse The particular MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, The Kennedy Center, Music Theatre Wichita, Theater Under The Stars, Ogunquit Playhouse, Flat Stone Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Illinois Repertory Theater, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre, The particular Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Bucks County Playhouse, and The New York Music Theatre Festival, among many other venues.

Broadway: Graduates possess appeared within the Broadway productions of Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, The Bronx Story, Caroline, Or Change, Carousel, Choir Boy, Cinderella, The Color Purple, Curious Incident, Evita, Freestyle Love Supreme, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Hamilton, Head Over Heels, Hello, Dolly!, The Lion King, Matilda, Mean Girls, Motown, The Mystery associated with Edwin Drood, My Fair Lady, Newsies, Pippin, The particular Prom, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, To Kill the Mockingbird, Tuck Everlasting, West Side Story, White Christmas, and Wicked , among many others.

National Tours: Recent graduates have also appeared inside recent National Tours of Aladdin, American Idiot, Bandstand, Bat Out Of Hell, Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Cabaret, A Chorus Range, Cinderella, Crazy For You, Dirty Dancing, Elf, Evita, Fame, Fiddler on the Roof, Flashdance, Grease, Hi, Dolly!,   Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Mean Girls, Memphis, Miss Saigon, Newsies, Ragtime, Sister Act, The Sound of Songs, South Pacific, Spamalot, Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story , and Evil , among many others.

TV & Film: Current Television & Film credits include “90210, ” “Arrow”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Carrie Diaries”, “CSI: Miami”, “Containment”, “The Flash”, “Deception”, “Fosse/Verdon”, “Girls”. “Glee”, “Jersey Boys”, “The Last O. G. ”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Modern Family”, “Rise”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, and “The Vampire Diaries”, amongst others.

Off-Broadway: Recent Off-Broadway productions include Bare, Carrie, Cirque Du Soleil, Enter Laughing, Fiorello!, Found, Heathers, Rent, The Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Whorl Inside a Loop , among others.

Alumni also work around the country regionally in cities such as Chicago plus Las Vegas, tour internationally on cruise lines, perform in theme parks such as Disneyland and Disney World, or continue their education at prestigious graduate schools such as Yale School of Drama, The Julliard School plus Manhattan College of Music.