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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre is an interdisciplinary degree program between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance for students who demonstrate excellence or the potential for excellence in musical theatre careers. The audition for the program requires selections in voice, acting and dance. BFA-Musical Theatre students receive fours years of weekly 1-hour private lessons in voice, additional music coursework including music theory and piano, four years of acting instruction, including acting fundamentals, scene study, voice and movement, Shakespeare and electives in areas such as Meisner and Devising, as well as instruction in dance styles including jazz, tap, and contemporary. Students have the opportunity to participate in our mainstage season of at least one fully staged musical and three plays, as well as other opportunities in dance and opera.

The Fredonia Difference

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre provides students with a strong foundation in the skills required for a successful career in Musical Theatre, emphasizing the acquisition of professional-level proficiency in acting, singing, and dance. The program also gives students numerous opportunities to explore additional interests in the wider realm of theatre. Acceptance to the Musical Theatre major is by audition.

Watch this video to see the opportunities that Fredonia's Theatre and Dance programs offer you!  

Career Opportunities for Musical Theatre

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Music Directors and Composers
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Producers and Directors


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

DANC 213 Jazz Dance II

The course explores styles in jazz technique (e.g., Luigi, Giordana, Fosse) at the intermediate level. Emphasis will be on proper technique and performance, as well as vocabulary, and history.

THEA 382 Musical Theatre Styles I

The course, through scene study of musical theatre repertory, focuses on integration of song, dance and acting skills

THEA 432 Musical Theatre Styles II

Advanced scene study and techniques for integrating all resources of the singing actor in musical theatre. B.F.A.

Why Musical Theatre at Fredonia?

musical performance

Successful alumni

Our alumni are employed in a wide range of arts fields. Broadway appearances include PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, ONCE, AVENUE Q, LION KING, and LES MISERABLES. National tours include HAMILTON and JERSEY BOYS.

Amazing facilities

The Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center features a 1,100-seat concert hall, proscenium and black box theatres, art galleries, and a dance theatre.

Jen Cody works with students

Access to guests artists

Guest artists have included successful Fredonia alums such as Jen Cody (above), Dave Ebert, Carl Cofield, head of graduate acting at NYU, and Qui Nguyen, playwright for "She Kills Monsters"

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