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Pre-College Music Theatre Institute

July 16 - 30, 2017

High school students from around the world attend Rider University’s popular Pre-College Musical Theatre Institute to thrive as a triple threat performer. Refine skills in singing, acting and dancing. Receive professional theatre training by working with and learning from Westminster’s renowned, distinguished faculty and award-winning guest artists. Discover the expectations of multiple theatrical disciplines, from stagecraft to performance. Directed by Trent Blanton, Associate Professor of Theatre in Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University.

Program Highlights

  • Master class with Award Winning Broadway artist
    Past guests include Tony Award Winner, Alice Ripley; Aladdin Star, Adam Jacobs among others
  • Travel to New York City to see Miss Saigon on Broadway
  • Study acting including scene study
  • Learn contemporary commercial singing techniques
  • Dance in movement classes
  • Study approaches in auditioning fo college acceptance or performance roles
  • Perform in the Musical Theater Showcase Revue
  • Perform in a semi-staged version of Legally Blonde

Faculty and Instructors

  • Marianne Cook - Vocal Teacher; Associate Professor Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University
  • Michelle Bruckner – Dance Instructor and Choreographer
  • Louis Goldberg - Musical Director; Adjunct Assistant Professor Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University

Daily Schedule

  • Classes in acting, choreography and voice
  • Ensemble vocal rehearsals, individual coaching
  • Blocking rehearsals
  • Final Performance


$1895 (includes room and board)

Tuition Discounts

  • Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
  • Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
  • Solo Vocal discount - Add Solo Vocal Artist (pending audition) to Vocal Institute for only $1,395 (instead of $1,895)


Enrollment is open to high school singers, actors and dancers entering the 10th grade through those who have just completed their senior year. Enrollment is limited; applicants are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis; and acceptance is based on available space in each voice part. Please list all voice parts you are willing to sing (mark first and second choices, if appropriate). Students must participate in both weeks of the program.

This is a residential program on Rider University's Lawrenceville campus and students must participate in both weeks. Students are accepted based on recommendations from their teacher.

Visit the Middle School Music Theatre Workshop page

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