For the past three months, the musical theatre faculty at Emerson College has achieved valuable and effective experience in online teaching of singing and acting. Dance has also moved successfully to online teaching with an important educational aim for those seeking deeper understanding of the heritage and history of musical theatre dance. The faculty is eager to share their expertise with pre-college students in a virtual framework.
The summer faculty, all who teach during the school year and include alumni of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Emerson College, have Broadway, regional, national touring, television and film credits, and draw from these experiences to create a dynamic cross between scholarship and rigorous training. Professional guest artists including alumni who graduated from the Emerson BFA Musical Theatre Program may also be invited to join in the online classes.
Musical Theatre Studio introduces you to the rigors of Emerson's nationally renowned undergraduate BFA training in musical theater. The 5-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 both professional and college admission auditions will also be addressed. 
During the last week of the program, students who are rising seniors are offered an option to audition, this year in an online format, for the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Emerson for future admittance consideration. 
Musical Theatre Studio is offered as a noncredit or credit program.

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Program Dates and Costs


  • July 5–August 8, 2020 (including required orientation)
  • Musical Theatre Virtual Open Class Presentation: August 8, 2020

Costs per student:

  • Musical Theatre Noncredit Tuition: $4,812
  • Musical Theatre Credit Tuition: $5,591
  • Non-refundable program application fee: $60

Pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in the Musical Theatre program, you will:

  • Become familiar with historical dimensions of studied material
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the heritage and history of musical theatre dance.
  • Take one 1-hour intensive voice/singing technique lesson per week
  • Build an initial repertoire of songs and monologues suitable for auditions
  • Develop skills necessary for effective auditioning and interviewing for college musical theater programs including self-tape best practices.
  • Become familiar with the dedicated protocol, faculty, expectation and standards of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Emerson


Musical Theatre Studio classes meet on the following schedule for 5 weeks:

  • Monday through Friday, and Saturdays

Musical Theatre Open Class Presentation

A virtual open class format presentation on the final day offers an opportunity to share their work from the studio with friends and family. The virtual open class presentation is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020. 
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.

Application Guidelines

Who should apply

Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2020–2021 academic year and who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 6, 2020 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.

Application Materials

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:
    • what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
    • 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
  • Resume 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

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-song. The song must be: 2 minutes-or-less, from the Broadway Musical Theatre canon of any era, age-range appropriate, ballad or up-tempo, that sits comfortably in your voice.
  • 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 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 use video from musical productions in which you performed.
  • DO NOT forget to send us the link to your audition

International Student Applicants 

Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020.
  • International Student Deadline: April 3, 2020. 
  • We will accept applications through May 15, 2020.

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.

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