Pre-College Musical Theatre 5-Week Studio Program
July 9, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Musical Theatre Studio introduces you to the rigors of Emerson's nationally renowned undergraduate BFA training in musical theater. The five-week program, eligible for four college credits, focuses on technique-based training in skill development for singing, acting, dance and song interpretation and reflects on the training in the Emerson BFA Musical Theatre Program, which emphasizes process. The priority is not on performance or production, but on the fundamentals, vocabulary and discipline of the craft. Preparation for college admission auditions will also be addressed.
The faculty, members of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Emerson College, has Broadway, regional, national touring, opera, television and film credits, and draws from these experiences to create a dynamic cross between scholarship and rigorous training. Professional guest artists familiar with the Emerson BFA Musical Theatre Program may also be invited to teach in the intensive.
During the last week of the program, students who are rising seniors have an option to audition for the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Emerson for future admittance consideration.
As a student in the Musical Theatre program, you will:
- Participate in regular dance (Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap), acting and song interpretation classes each week
- Take one 1-hour intensive lesson per week
- Discover aspects of the business, including headshots, resumes and audition protocol
- Build an initial repertoire of songs and monologues suitable for auditions
- Prepare for and participate in master classes from visiting artists
- Attend production/artistic field trips in Boston
- Become familiar with the dedicated protocol, faculty, expectation and standards of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Emerson
- Build fundamentals, preparatory and rehearsal skills that lead to effective performance
- Explore aspects of yourself that you can bring to the creative process
- Enhance the technical ability in the acting instrument for singing and dancing
- Work comfortably within a variety of styles and periods of music and acting material
- Become familiar with historical dimensions of studied material
- Develop effective communication skills both in and out of the classroom and rehearsal
- Develop effective concentration for the creative process
- Use imagination, movement, emotion, and voice to build a character’s behavior
- Explore cultural aspects of the arts scene in Boston
- Explore the issues and options available for an effective future in an undergraduate education
- Develop skills necessary for effective auditioning and interviewing for college musical theater programs
This program is offered for credit or noncredit.
Musical Theatre Open Class Presentation
An end-of-program Musical Theatre Studio "open class" presentation, featuring singing, acting and dance is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Get an idea of what your schedule will be like as a Pre-College Musical Theatre student:
Schedule is subject to change
Musical Theatre Presentation
Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to perform in an "open class" presentation scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 9–August 13, 2017
Musical Theatre Open Class Presentation: August 12, 2017
Move-out day (for on-campus students): August 13, 2017–by noon
Musical Theatre Studio is offered as a noncredit or credit program.
Musical Theatre Program Costs per student:
- Musical Theatre Non-credit Tuition: $4627
- Musical Theatre Credit Tuition: $5376
- Residential Room and Board Fee: $2870
- Non-refundable program application fee: $60
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included in the tuition cost. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Who should apply
Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2017-2018 academic year and who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 10, 2017 and who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.
Each candidate for the Musical Theatre Studio Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents:
- Electronic audition submission. Please read the electronic audition submission requirements below.
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
- 1) what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
- 2) an event you feel has prepared you for Emerson's Pre-College experience.
- Essay: In one or two pages, discuss a musical theater production and/or artist that you believe has most influenced or inspired your stage work.
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Headshot: If you do not have a headshot, a high quality photo of your head and shoulders is acceptable
- Résumé of your theatrical experience
Applicants to the Musical Theatre Credit Option must also submit:
- Transcript: Official secondary school transcripts
- Official Test Scores: A copy of their official PSAT, SAT or ACT score
The Priority application deadline for Musical Theatre Studio is March 13, 2017.
International Student Applicants
The final deadline for international student applicants is April 28, 2017. Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.
We will accept applications through May 22, 2017. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
All applicants to the Musical Theatre Studio program must submit an electronic audition via YouTube or Vimeo. Please include the URL (webpage address) to your audition in your application, and strictly adhere to the following requirements:
- Do submit an audition consisting of one short, complete, age-range appropriate song (ballad or up-tempo) from the Broadway canon pre-1965 that sits comfortably in your voice.
- Do use live or taped accompaniment. A cappella is not acceptable.
- Do make sure the sound quality and lighting are good and the shot is at least from the waist up.
- Do state your name, hometown, high school, class standing and title of the selection into the camera.
- Do remember, in any audition situation, always try to show what you CAN do, not what you CAN'T do
- Do Not be concerned with "acting" your material; those evaluating you are far more interested in your natural comportment as well as the quality and potential of your vocal instrument.
- DO NOT use video from musical productions in which you performed.
- DO NOT forget to send us the link to your audition.
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.
Note: pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.