How do I apply to major in Musical Theatre at OU?
Admission to the University of Oklahoma is required as well as a separate application to the School of Musical Theatre accompanied by an audition. For more information about auditioning for OU's Musical Theatre program, please visit their website.
What is Musical Theatre?
The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma provides its select students with the best of two worlds: conservatory-style training atmosphere in a dynamic liberal arts university environment. In the midst of an intensive, world-class program of study in the arts, OU Musical Theatre gives students unique opportunities to broaden their knowledge with a wide array of possibilities and activities outside of the department. Apart from offering high caliber faculty, curriculum and performance opportunities, the goal of OU Musical Theatre is to provide its students with the necessary training and tools to make them highly marketable, employable, and successful both on stage and off.
Born out of a generous gift from acclaimed Broadway producer and OU graduate A. Max Weitzenhoffer in 2001, the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre stands along with the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts as a testament to the University of Oklahoma's continued commitment to the fostering of artistic talent. Musical theatre at OU bridges the gap of past and present, uniting a university steeped in tradition and history with a fresh and contemporary outlook toward the future of musical theatre.
OU's Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre is one of the strongest programs in the nation within a publicly supported university. As a musical theatre major, students will enter an intensive program that includes a series of university-required general education courses that highlight the strong liberal arts component. Recognized for its balanced interdisciplinary curriculum, students will participate in an interdisciplinary musical theatre curriculum that includes a large number of drama, dance, and music courses. Musical theatre courses feature highly talented and challenging faculty who specialize and train our students in musical theatre dance, performance and, voice.
So, what's my degree?
A musical theatre student graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre. For information on how to apply to the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre, visit musicaltheatre.ou.edu.
Do my interests fit?
Musical theatre students typically have interests in:
- Working in productions
High school preparation should include involvement in school productions as well as community theaters. Previous dance, voice, and acting training is encouraged, but not required.
How can can OU Musical Theatre help me?
All musical theatre department faculty members were hand selected because of their dedication to teaching upcoming artists and their experience in musical performance. Many of the professors continue to conduct, choreograph, direct, and instruct in regional theaters throughout the year. Many musical theatre alumni have worked in theaters and other theatrical settings nationally and worldwide. Alumni have worked in the film industry and on Broadway.
What courses will I take?
Musical theatre courses include:
- Song Study
- Musical Scenes
- Studio Voice
- Introduction to Acting
- Character Study
How can I get involved?
Alpha Psi Omega
Student Theatre Initiative
There are over 500 student clubs/organizations on the OU campus.
How can I study abroad?
- The University of Oklahoma has a fantastic study abroad program. Musical theatre majors usually take advantage of summer programs to earn general education credit.
- Recently musical theatre majors have completed major courses in Arezzo and Africa.
What kind of career could I pursue?
Theme parks and Cruise lines
How much will I make?
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree.
Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre
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