Rider University offers a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. It is a up-and-coming program that is looking very promising for young Musical Theatre hopefuls.
The website claims that they develop well-rounded, competitive musical theatre professionals. It says, “Rider’s professional musical theatre faculty are committed to developing students’ talents and technique in all areas – vocal, dance and acting – preparing them to succeed in the highly competitive world of professional musical theatre” (Rider website).
A major plus going for this University is that the students get to engage with Broadway professionals through workshops and master classes, through networking, & showcases in NYC. Even if the BFA Musical Theatre program didn’t offer these opportunities, Rider University is only an hour from NYC, which is making this school a draw for a lot of young Musical Theatre students. The school offers affordable, student-sponsored Broadway performance trips, class-related field-trips to the City with backstage tours, & other invaluable Broadway experiences.
If you are interested in auditioning for Rider, here is what you need to know for the auditions…
“All of the following must be performed from memory:
- Two contrasting sections from the standard musical theater repertoire. One selection should be a ballad and the second should be “up-tempo.” Once selection should be from “classic” music theater the other contemporary. Each selection should be no longer than 1 1/2 minutes in length.
- Two contrasting monologues from contemporary published plays. Each monologue should be 1 minute in length, age appropriate with no dialects.
- Observed participation in a dance/movement class.
- Recent head shot and current resume
PLEASE NOTE: Admission decisions for Musical Theatre Applicants will be made after all of the Musical Theatre auditions have been completed in late February” (Rider website).
The website for the BFA in Musical Theatre at Rider is not my favorite website. It is a little hard to navigate and doesn’t offer a lot of extra information. However, the word on the street is that they are a school to look at for your future if you are interested in a Broadway career.