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Rider University offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre: Voice Primary and a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre: Musical Direction designed to strengthen its reputation as one of the country's top schools of musical theatre training.

The Musical Theatre program at Rider prepares students for a professional career in musical theatre with veteran faculty and regular interface with top industry professionals. This program is provided in a nurturing liberal arts environment just one hour from New York City at Rider's Lawrenceville campus.

Concentration in Musical Theatre
Rider also offers a concentration in Musical Theatre leading to a B.A. in Theatre. This program is ideal if you seek greater flexibility in your studies and career preparation, allowing you to pursue a second major or up to two minors.

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Why Rider's BFA Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre program offers:

  • Development of well-rounded, competitive musical theatre professionals
    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.
  • Affording invaluable interface with top industry professionals
    Rider’s Musical Theatre program engages Broadway composers, agents, choreographers, directors, producers and other key professionals in workshops and master classes, through productions and networking visits in New York, creating invaluable, competitive edge connections that last a lifetime. Rider’s Musical Theatre Business Lab will prepare students for a comprehensive career in the business aspects of musical theatre. Seniors also have the opportunity to audition for participation in a showcase in NYC, performing for industry professionals."
  • Making performance possible
    Rider is committed to ensuring that its musical theatre majors perform, by mounting multiple mainstage productions among three performance spaces. Concert and/or workshop performances, staged readings and student productions afford additional opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in performance.
  • Keeping Broadway within reach
    Rider is ideally located just one hour from the world’s musical theatre mecca – Broadway – and just 45 minutes from the rich cultural offerings of Philadelphia. Affordable, student-sponsored Broadway performance trips, special student discounts, class-related Broadway field-trips and backstage tours or just a quick visit via the nearby train. Rider Musical Theatre students will find Broadway learning experiences within reach.
  • Teaching from professional, real-world experience
    Rider’s Musical Theatre faculty represents a combined century of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring experience, working with and learning from the Nation’s greatest directors, choreographers, music directors and performers. Such a vast and varied wealth of knowledge and experience helps students develop a competitive real-world focus.

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  • Fostering a broad, liberal arts perspective
    Rider Musical Theatre students enjoy the advantage of being part of a vibrant liberal arts learning environment with the added benefit of more intimate class sizes and closer interface with faculty. As part of Rider’s Westminster College of the Arts, musical theatre students can integrate anything from Arts Administration to a History of the Beatles into their program of learning, along with core university coursework ranging from Political Science to Literature.

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