Music Theatre (BFA)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Performing Arts
Degree Level
Conservatory for the Performing Arts
Sample Plan

This conservatory-style program is for students who demonstrate the talent, potential, commitment, and drive needed to pursue careers as professional musical theatre artists. Students focus in acting, singing, and dancing while enriching their knowledge on the practice of theatre. The Viterbo program is an excellent choice for those who aspire to become professional artists.



  • Students wishing to major in theatre or music theatre must audition and interview with a faculty committee.
  • All theatre and music theatre students are considered “candidates” for their designated degree program through the first four semesters. The process for determining each student’s degree track includes a meeting with faculty at the end of the first year of study to make a preliminary assessment about student progress toward the desired degree program and area of emphasis. In the spring semester of the sophomore year, students meet with the faculty to formally audition or interview for entry into the upper division of their desired degree program. Transfer students also audition or interview for entry into their desired program on a timeline determined by the faculty based on individual experience and background.
  • All students taking MUTH 171/371, private voice lessons are required to perform juries at the end of every semester and attend voice studio class when offered.
  • There will be a qualifying audition for those students who wish to test out of DANC 110 and/or other lower division dance courses. Students who test out of DANC 110 and/or other lower division dance courses must still complete six credits of dance courses.
  • Students in all degree programs are considered part of the department’s theatre “company.” All majors are required to be actively involved in each production through design, performance, and technical support in one of the shops or in service as a member of a production crew. Through practical experiences in all aspects of theatre, students enhance their knowledge and gain a respect and appreciation for theatre as a collaborative art form.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or higher in any theatre course required for the major or emphasis. Earning lower than a C will require the student to retake the course.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the ability to act, i.e., to project one's self believably in work and action into imaginary circumstances in roles in a wide variety of styles and formats
  • Demonstrate a flexible, strong, and controlled voice with trained breath support; appropriate vocal range and freedom from vocal and postural tension in rehearsal and performance; the student will also demonstrate the ability to project the voice effectively in theatre spaces of varying sizes
  • Demonstrate musicianship by learning accurate rhythm, pitch, phrasing, tempi, and appropriate vocal style that is consistent with performance practice in their vocal repertoire
  • Demonstrate physical competence in dance and movement
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic production elements, including a thorough command of make-up for a variety of characters
  • Demonstrate knowledge of musical theatre repertory, the history of its development and the relationship of this history to styles of performance
  • Demonstrate effective audition techniques
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Social Justice and Equity course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.