Musical Theatre majors are offered a Piano Primary Track

Piano Track

Rider offers one of the only musical theater piano tracks in the country.  In addition to piano skills and accompanying skills, students regularly have the opportunity to work on the main stage in musical direction and assistant capacities.


Musical Theatre Lab

Every semester, Musical Theatre majors are required to meet weekly attendance and participation requirements for Musical Theater Lab. The lab supplements curricular instruction with presentations by invited artists, faculty seminars and master classes, and opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the field.  Recent guests include the International Casting Director for all Disney productions and Broadway performer Donna Mckeckne.


Musical Theatre majors can audition beginning the first semester of their freshman year for any of the six annual main stage Musical Theater and Theater department productions.  Backstage and technical positions are also available for students who wish to broaden their production experience.  Rider's performance venues include a 440 seat Yvonne Theater, the Spitz black box theater and the newly renovated 300 seat Bart Luedeke Center Theater which opened in Fall 2011.