Arts and Communication Pre-College Studio Programs
Musical Theatre Program
Musical Theatre Studio introduces talented and dedicated high school rising juniors and seniors to the rigors of nationally renowned undergraduate BFA training in musical theater. During the five-week program the Intensive focuses on technique-based training in skill development for singing, acting, dance and song interpretation. The mission of the program reflects 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. Students may earn four college credits.
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. An end-of-program Musical Theatre Studio "open class" presentation, featuring singing, acting and dance is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016.
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.
Among other activities, students who participate in this program will:
- Participate in regular dance (Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap), acting and song interpretation classes each week
- Take two private voice lessons a 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 classes and participate in master classes from visiting artists
- Attend production/artistic field trips and leisure time 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 themselves they 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 the 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 and surrounding environs
- 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 Presentation
Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to perform in an "open class" presentation scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 10–August 14, 2016
Showcase: August 13, 2016
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 14, 2016–by noon
Musical Theatre Program Costs Per Student:
Credit Option (Upon successful completion of the five-week credit program, students earn four credits)*
- Residential: $8,671
- Commuter: $5,376
*Note: Each applicant for the credit option must submit official secondary school transcripts and an official PSAT, SAT or ACT score.
- Residential: $7,922
- Commuter: $4,627
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included. The residential option includes rooms, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Non-refundable application fee: $60
Musical Theatre Studio Priority Application Deadline: March 14, 2016
Who Should Apply
Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 10, 2016 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 application form (completed and signed), a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following required 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, and 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.
- Photo and 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 14, 2016.
We will accept applications through June 13, 2016. 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.
Note: The International Student Application Deadline is May 23, 2016. Please visit the Pre-College International Student Information page to learn more.
*Electronic Audition Submission Requirements
All applicants to the Musical Theatre Studio program must submit an electronic audition via YouTube or Vimeo. Please write the URL (webpage address) to your audition on 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 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 slate your name, hometown, high school, class standing and title of the selection into the camera.
- DO NOT use selections from Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, Brian Lowdermilk, Craig Carnelia or Adam Guettel.
- DO NOT use video from musical productions in which you performed.
- DO NOT forget to send us the link to your audition.
Get an idea of what your schedule will be like as a pre-college musical theatre student: Sample Musical Theatre Schedule.
Schedule is subject to change.
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.