Performance (Music Theatre), BMUS

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The BMus in performance with a concentration in music theatre is an intensive, performance-oriented program designed to hone all the skills necessary for the complete musical theatre artist. Training includes private voice lessons every semester of study as well as specialized instruction in acting, dance, audition techniques, technical production, repertoire classes, scene study and performance. A unique feature of this program includes an innovative sequence of musical theatre performance courses designed to synthesize all the abilities necessary to succeed as a professional musical theatre performer.

The music theatre and opera program is unique in that students are provided with professional training in both opera and musical theatre and training in a broad variety of musical theatre styles from traditional to contemporary. Two musicals and two operas are produced each year, plus new works and student-led productions. The annual showcase in New York City and Phoenix as well as formal collaborations with Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Theatre Company provide additional performance opportunities and valuable career immersion experiences for all students.

Program Offered

Performance (Music Theatre), BMUS

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 15, 2020
Fall 2021: January 5, 2021

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career Outlook

This degree program is designed for individuals who plan a career as a performing singer and actor or actress in opera, operetta, musicals and other forms of musical theatre. Graduates become conductors, teachers, singers and actors or actresses and are prepared to work in various professional capacities, including performance:

  • at universities, colleges and schools
  • in major opera houses
  • in national touring companies
  • on Broadway

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Actors 11.6%*
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musicians, Instrumental6%*
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Set and Exhibit Designers 10.3%$53,090
Producers 12.2%$71,620

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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