Musical Theatre Major

Sample Courses

  • Acting I & II
  • Characterization and Scene Study
  • Musicianship for Musical Theatre I & II
  • Play Analysis for the Theatre
  • Portfolio and Audition Techniques
  • Stage Musicals

Popular Electives

  • Ballet Technique
  • Dance History as a 20th Century Art
  • Global Technique
  • History of the Theatre Since 17th Century
  • Jazz Technique
  • Modern Technique
  • Music in Western Civilization

Recent Internships / Field Experiences

  • NYC week-long externship for juniors and seniors
  • Audition opportunities for Geva Theatre mainstage musicals
  • Audition opportunities for the summertime professional company Finger Lakes Opera

Musical Theatre Major

Why study musical theatre at Geneseo?

The musical theatre program is a great fit for musical theatre-lovers who also enjoy learning about history, language, science, business, education, math, politics, and more. The BA program’s flexibility allows students to add more musical theatre electives, explore higher-level liberal arts classes, or prepare for a career that integrates both artistic and academic strengths.

Geneseo is the only school in the country offering a BPS curriculum in musical theatre. Created for the motivated, determined performer, the program combines rigorous musical theatre training, performance opportunities, and professional preparation into an integrated educational experience. The BPS prioritizes comprehensive training in all things music, theatre, and dance so students can achieve a high level of performance as an actor-singer in today’s ever-evolving musical theatre industry.


Program Options

Additional Options

Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes, individualized attention, and personalized feedback
  • Faculty members who are professionals in their respective fields and deeply committed to guiding students’ personal and artistic growth
  • Solo senior recital to share work with the community
  • Many show and recital performance opportunities each semester
  • Opportunity to travel to NYC and form connections with industry professionals
  • Guest artist partnerships offer a taste of professional rehearsal processes
  • Musical theatre productions open to all students, including non-majors 

Example Careers

  • Acting Coach
  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Voiceover Artist

Recent Music Employers

  • Fairport, NY, School District
  • Finger Lakes Opera
  • Geva Theatre
  • Glimmerglass Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • REV Theatre Company
  • Rochester City School District
  • West Irondequoit, NY, School District

Recent Music Grad Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Indiana University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Michigan
  • Yale University

Contact Info

Don Kot, Program Coordinator
Brodie Hall 131

Musical Theatre Department

Musical Theatre Faculty

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