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Why Major in Musical Theatre?
Belmont’s award winning, nationally ranked musical theatre performance major is designed for students who exhibit exceptional potential and desire to pursue a performance career in musical theatre. Belmont Musical Theatre offers a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts which provide concentrated study in voice, theatre, and dance as well as advanced audition techniques and career preparation. The Bachelor of Music is ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
Multiple productions of Belmont University's Musical Theatre program have been recognized as winners of The American Prize in Musical Theatre Performance, having been chosen from among the nation's finest ensembles.
Belmont’s Musical Theatre faculty are highly trained professionals who are devoted to excellence in musical theatre training and performance. Each faculty member continues to maintain a working presence in the industry. Nancy Allen is the coordinator of the program. Contact her with program specific questions after exploring this web page.
Caroline's Story: Dreams Realized
Musical Theater Alumni Caroline Eiseman had the chance to see her dreams realized when she landed the lead role of Peggy in Belmont’s 2022 spring musical “42nd Street,” a part she had dreamt of playing since she was young. With the opening of the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, a show the size of “42nd Street” became possible, and the stars aligned for Caroline to tap dance her way to the top, just in time for her college graduation. Caroline will be playing Tracy in the upcoming national tour of Hairspray.
What You'll Learn
- Vocal Cross-training in all styles required for a career in musical theatre
Intensive dance training and mock dance auditions in all styles
Masterclasses with Broadway Professionals and Mock auditions every semester
Intensive Acting Training (7 semesters of class style and one-on one instruction)
Business of the Business masterclasses on how to navigate the industry
4 musicals per year, Freshman Showcase and an NYC Industry Senior Showcase
Conservatory style intensive training in theory, sight reading, piano proficiency and voice
Broadway and Off-Broadway and Regional Productions
Cruise Ships and Theme Parks, such as Disney and Norwegian
- Voice Over such as cast recordings for MTI (Musical Theatre International) in Nashville and commercials
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre majors complete 129 hours of coursework over the course of their undergraduate career. This includes an array of courses that gives our students the necessary training for industry success.
- BELL Core Requirements: 38 Hours (minimum)
- Music Requirements: 49 Hours
- Theatre Requirements: 21 Hours
- Dance Requirements: 13 Hours
- General Electives: 8 Hours
Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre majors complete 135 hours of coursework over the course of their undergraduate career. This includes an array of courses that gives our students the necessary training for industry success.
- BELL Core Requirements: 38 Hours (minimum)
- Music Core: 36 Hours
- Common Music Core: 30-33 Hours
- Special Music Core: 4 Hours
- Theatre Requirements: 18 Hours
- Dance Requirements: 10 Hours
- Major Area: 28 Hours
- Support Courses: 3 Hours
- Additional Required Coursework: 5 Hours
- General Electives: 5 Hours (minimum)
Click on the links below to explore the variety of opportunities our students have to engage with the musical theatre community and advance their artistry.
Masterclasses and Workshops
Masterclasses feature relevant industry personnel from casting directors, agents, choreographers, composers, music directors, and performers. Past clinicians include:
Scott Alan, Jay Binder, John Bucchino, Tituss Burgess, Michael Demby Cain, Tiffany Little Canfield, Tina Marie Casamento, Patrick Cassidy, Dave Clemmons, Bob Cline, Parker Esse, Gordon Greenberg, Rachel Hoffman, Kevin Kennison, Stephen Kopel, Levi Kreis, Katie Ladner, Norm Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kevin Munhall, Laura Oldham, Jillian Paige, Pasek and Paul, Rachelle Rak, Rob Rockiki, Michael Rodriguez, Ellery Sandhu, Rommy Sandhu, Gayle Seay, John Schuck, Matthew Scott, Merri Sugarman, Jen Waldman, Jeff Whiting, Benton Whitley, Scott Wojcik, Eric Woodall, Hugh Wooldridge, and Rance Wright
Local Theatre Opportunities
Local Professional Companies
- The Nashville Repertory Theatre
- Studio Tenn Theatre Company
- The Nashville Opera
- Street Theatre Company
- The Nashville Shakespeare Festival
- The Nashville Children’s Theatre
Local Community Theaters
The Belmont University School of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
All programs in the School of Music require an audition. The audition determines admission into the School of Music, which is separate from the University's admission decision.
After submitting the Application for Undergraduate Admission, applicants to the School of Music will receive an email prompting them to complete the Undergraduate School of Music Audition Registration Form in their BU4U account. They will choose their intended in-person audition date or the video audition option.
The School of Music does not prescreen for any of its programs.
- Two contrasting musical theatre song cuts not to exceed 1 minute each (one of these may be a commercial pop/rock song choice if desired)
- One classical song or cut not to exceed 1 minute
- One monologue not to exceed 1 minute
- Dance - Attend the dance audition in person or upload a 1 minute solo dance not to exceed one minute for online auditions
- Materials should be age appropriate and represent a knowledge of the musical theatre industry.
- Please bring a hard copy of your head shot and resume if auditioning in person.
Outcomes and Alumni Successes
Broadway Tony Award Winner for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, National Tours Rent (Roger), Hadestown (Hermes) Film Don’t Let Go, Frailty, A Very Sordid Wedding
Rebecca Covington Webber
Broadway Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Motown the Musical; National Tours Mamma Mia!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hamilton (And Peggy Tour)
More Notable Alumni
Broadway debut in SIX The Musical.
Broadway debut in SIX The Musical.
Broadway A Christmas Story, Follies, Aladdin National Tours Swing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Pippin, Aladdin
Hamilton in Chicago (Jefferson/Lafayette); Off Broadway Hell’s Kitchen; Television The Chi, Legacies, Empire, Whose Line is it Anyway?
Broadway Book of Mormon National Tours: Catch Me if You Can, Ghost
Broadway King Kong, Aladdin National Tours Aladdin, Wicked; World Premier Bliss
Broadway Disaster, Kinky Boots; Off Broadway Kinky Boots, Disaster, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Love Quirks
Broadway Aladdin National Tours Dream Girls, Sister Act
Belmont Alumni Working in the Industry
|Chris D’Sean Lee||The Chi, Empire, Legacies on the CW,Whose Line Is It Anyway?|
|Kate Calloway||ABC’s Nashville|
|Bobby Hogan||Animated Spiderman Series, 9-1-1 Lonestar, American Horror Story|
|Laura Baronet Chowenhill||Co-Moms, C.R.E., Scene Study|
|Makayla Robinson||Shredded, Mâdar, Cul-de-sac, Step in Time Featured Dancer Disney Channel|
|Rebecca Covington Webber||Motown: The Musical, Beautiful: the Carol King Musical|
|Matthew deGuzman||A Christmas Story, Follies|
|Levi Krauss||Million Dollar Quartet (Tony Award)|
|Katie Ladner||Almost Famous, Sunset Blvd, Wicked|
|Ben Laxton||Book of Mormon|
|Maggie Stallings||Disaster! On Broadway, Kinky Boots|
|Deonte L. Warren||Aladdin (u/s Genie)|
|Gabe Violet||Spring Awakening|
|Kara Farmer Fowler||School of Rock (dance captain)|
|Lissa De Guzman||King Kong (u/s lead), Aladdin|
|Rebecca Covington Webber||Motown: the Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hamilton|
|Kyle Caress||Cinderella, Aladdin|
|Neal Buckley||Legally Blonde (China Company)|
|Jenna Burns||Les Miserables, West Side Story (Centennial World Tour)|
|Katie Davis||Annie, Escape to Margaritaville|
|Lissa DeGuzman||Aladdin, Wicked (Elphaba)|
|Matthew DeGuzman||Swing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cats, Pippin, Aladdin|
|Kara Farmer||School of Rock, Beauty and the Beast|
|Andrea Laxton||Ghost, Beauty and the Beast (International Tour)|
|Ben Laxton||Catch Me if You Can, Book of Mormon, Ghost|
|Chris D’Sean Lee||Hamilton Chicago, Hamilton First National Tour|
|Jordan Long||Rent, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat|
|Carlina Parker||Mamma Mia!, Rock of Ages, Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour|
|Candace Quarrels||Book of Mormon, Hamilton Chicago|
|Makayla McIntosh||A Chorus Line, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Disney Entertainment swing|
|Maggie Stallings||Kinky Boots|
|Deonte L. Warren||Dreamgirls, Sister Act, The Lion King|
|Meghan Glogower Wasserman||Mamma Mia!, Elf the Musical|
|Lauren Wright||Mamma Mia! Cirque Musical, Rockin’ Road|
|Zach Waters||Paw Patrol|
|Bobby Hogan||Escape to Margaritaville|
|Michel Vasquez||West Side Story (International Tour)|
|Caroline Eiseman||Hairspray (Tracy u/s)|
|Julian Malone||Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots|
|Ethan Pugh||The Sound of Music (Global Tour)|
|Katie Ladner||Heathers, Freaky Friday, We are Tigers, Fat Camp, Gigantic, Be More Chill, Almost Famous|
|Meghan Glogower Wasserman||Nutty Professor, Ever After|
|Maggie McDowell||Disaster!, Pinkalicious the Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Love Quirks|
|Douglas Waterbury Tieman||The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre), Johnny & the Devil’s Box Workshop (Goodspeed), Seawife|
|Andrea Rouch Laxton||Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed)|
|Lissa DeGuzman||Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed), Bliss World Premier (u/s Princess Piper)|
|Whitney Meyer||Voices of Liberty (Disney World)|
|Nathan Meyer||Voices of Liberty (Disney World)|
|Chase Tucker||Beauty and the Beast (Disney World, “Gaston”)|
|Lauren Metzinger Hawk||Disney Cruise Line “Wish”, “Magic”|
|Katie Grogg||Disney Cruise Line “Wish”, “Fantasty” and “Magic”|
|Jamie Dee Bradley||Beauty and the Beast (Disney Paris, “Belle”)|
|Wesley Carpenter||Norwegian Bliss Cruise Lines in Six|
|Ariel Gray||Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Katie Grogg||Disney “Wish”, “Magic”, “Fantasy” and Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Shannon Hegarty||Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Claire Kapustka||Oceania Riviera (Norwegian Cruise Entertainment)|
|Julian Malone||Celebrity Millennium Cruise Lines|
|Lauren Metzinger||Disney “Wish” and “Magic” Cruise Lines|
|Lexie McEntire||Norwegian Bliss Cruise Lines|
|Liam Searcy||Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Brooke Searcy||Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Ginny Swanson||Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Imari Thompson||Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Hairspray (Seaweed)|
|Melissa Tormene||Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Austin Querns||Regent Seven Seas (Norwegian Cruise Entertainment)|
|Katie Yeomans||Oceana Cruise Line|