BFA – Music Theatre
The Music Theatre Program is a joint program offered through the College of Music and the School of Theatre. The BFA Music Theatre Program is a highly competitive program which prepares talented students from around the country for professional careers. Students are offered a comprehensive curriculum with courses in theatre, music, and dance to provide them with the training and skills necessary to meet the demands of a challenging career. In addition to course work, students have a variety of performance opportunities every year, including two musicals each season.
Graduating seniors in the Music Theatre program also have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Showcase each spring in New York City. Students perform during the showcase for directors, talent agents, and casting directors from all over the United States.
Admission to the BFA in Music Theatre program is by audition only. The program requires prospective students to submit a pre-screen application in order to be considered for an audition appointment. For Music Theatre, the prescreen supplement consists of a one page essay stating educational and career goals, a headshot, a theatrical resume, three letters of recommendation, and videos of two contrasting 60-90 second musical selections: an uptempo and a ballad. In addition to the program application, prospective students must also apply to Florida State University. Once the student has submitted their application for admission to Florida State University, they will be prompted to upload the prescreen materials to the application through the Office of Admissions. Receipt of materials can be checked using the Application Status Check.
BFA Music Theatre Program Flyer
Once the applicant has received an audition appointment, please submit the following materials at the audition check-in:
- BFA Application (downloadable Word or PDF document)
- Theatrical resume
For questions about the degree program, please contact the School of Theatre Academic Office at 850.644.7234.
All Music Theatre auditions are held in Tallahassee on the FSU campus. Applicants are required to participate in a dance audition, which will be taught as a class, with work in ballet, contemporary, and jazz. Appropriate dress is expected. You are also asked to perform, within individual ten-minute appointments, two prepared contrasting musical selections (one ballad and one up-tempo selection) and a prepared 90 second monologue within your casting range. These, as well as the dance audition, should demonstrate skill and the potential for development. An accompanist will be available for your musical selections. Please have sheet music arranged in a simple, orderly manner.
Dates in Tallahassee:
January 25, 2020
January 26, 2020
February 8, 2020
February 9, 2020
February 22, 2020
February 23, 2020
8:30 am Check-in
9:00 am Q&A for Parents & Students
9:30-11:15 am Dance Group
12:00-6:30 pm Singing & Acting (scheduled in 7-10 minute blocks)
All BFA in Music Theatre auditions will be held in Tallahassee. Acceptance to the BFA in Music Theatre program is contingent upon acceptance to Florida State University.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The School of Theatre awards scholarships to selected incoming and continuing students in all BFA areas. Scholarships are awarded to incoming BFA students on the basis of academic ability and potential for achievement in their particular BFA emphasis.
Director, Academic Student Services
239 Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160
Phone: (850) 644 – 7234
Please see the Undergraduate Handbook for a listing of required courses to complete a BFA in Music Theatre.