Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre
The Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre is a pre-professional degree, designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a professional music director for musical theatre. Extensive applied instruction and classes on technique, coaching, and musical theatre performance styles, as well as ensemble experience, constitute the core of the curriculum.
To our knowledge, Webster University is the first university in the country to offer this specialized pre-professional training as an undergraduate program. The program is unique: building on the strength of many faculty members, and on partnerships with the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis (resident on this campus), the Muny (a major, national-profile summer theatre in Forest Park), and the year-round artists of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (also resident on this campus) in providing this specialized degree within an academic and performance context. Further strengthening this degree are musical direction opportunities that exist within the larger Saint Louis musical theatre community, including a half dozen semi-professional companies that produce musical theatre at a very high level. Saint Louis is very much a theatre town!
Students in this program take all the core music courses of any music degree. You'll study vocal pedagogy and diction; serve as assistant music director of three different musicals before music-directing your own show in the senior year; take courses in conducting, musical theatre scoring, acting, and musical theatre history; and study some dance as well. The finale is your own engagement as musical director of a show, just the same way that performance majors present a senior recital.
Program director for this degree is Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Chair of the Department of Music, who was named Outstanding Musical Director in 2014 by the Saint Louis Theatre Critics Circle, for his work on New Line Theatre's Bonnie and Clyde in its first post-Broadway production.
If you plan to major or minor in music you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster. Students in this degree should possess noteworthy piano skills as you start college. Check out our audition requirements and submit your application today.
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