- Musical Theatre
You'll have outstanding training and opportunities to become a world-class performer within this interdisciplinary, accredited degree program.
This demanding professional major will prepare you for a competitive career in musical theatre, and is the only program within the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges & Universities) that is accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre). Extensive training in acting, dancing and singing will provide you with a comprehensive performance background.
With the opportunity to be involved in a minimum of three on-campus productions, participate in music and dance ensembles and various internship opportunities, you'll gain a wealth of real-world performing experience.
As a musical theatre major at Messiah College, you'll be able to:
- Have the opportunity to audition for touring companies of musicals, in summer stock theatre or in musical theatre offerings in New York or other major cities around the country.
- Consider studying study at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland over January-term (J-term).
- Choose to continue your studies in a Master of Fine Arts program.
- Connect with a community of Messiah theatre graduates that exists in New York City.
- Have access to the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, home to a state-of-the-art dance studio and black box space, which is scheduled to open in 2013.
Messiah's musical theatre major is the only program within the CCCU that is accredited by NAST.
|Department of Music|
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|The newly constructed Calvin and Janet High Center of Worship and the Performing Arts (opening January 2013) houses performance spaces, instrumental and choral rehearsal halls and outstanding practice facilities.|
|790-seat Parmer Hall (primary performance space)|
|150-seat Foundation Recital Hall|
|400-seat Miller Theatre for performances|
|Laboratory for computer assisted instruction|
|MIDI synthesizer, and an electric piano lab|
|Instruments available for students' use include a large pipe organ located in Hostetter Chapel, several grand pianos (including the nine-foot Steinway D), a French double harpsichord and approximately 150 band and orchestra instruments.|
|Students are encouraged to investigate the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn. Credits taken during the one semester program at the Contemporary Music Center can be transferred for credit into the Messiah College program.|