It is important that students accepted in the B.F.A. musical theatre program understand that they must conform to requirements for the B.F.A. acting sequence. These requirements include auditioning for productions and participating in the B.F.A. review process. Additional information about students' progress in music, voice, and dance classes are considered as part of the review process for musical theatre majors, including singing reviews in the Department of Theatre Arts and vocal juries in the School of Music.
As a component of the Department of Theatre Arts' review process, sophomore B.F.A. musical theatre majors are required to participate in a singing review near the end of the fall semester prior to acting review. Freshman and sophomore B.F.A. musical theatre majors are required to participate in a singing review near the end of the spring semester prior to acting review. In addition to singing reviews in the Department of Theatre Arts, all freshman and sophomore musical theatre majors are required to do vocal juries in the School of Music in the second, third, and fourth semesters. Students should follow School of Music guidelines for vocal juries. Musical theatre majors must pass their vocal jury in order to pass their private voice class and move on to the next year of musical theatre training.
Note: Musical theatre majors continue to have vocal juries in the School of Music during their junior and senior years as part of their private voice class requirements.
Singing Review Preparation and Procedures
Students should prepare two pieces that contrast in time period and style. These pieces should be chosen from the students' vocal jury repertoire and approved by each student's voice teacher. Both selections together should equal no more than three minutes of music.
Students should prepare their singing review repertoire with their voice teachers and in sessions with the Department of Theatre Arts' staff vocal coach. The staff vocal coach may make repertoire suggestions for students, but voice teachers have the final word in all selections for singing reviews and vocal juries.
Singing reviews are open to faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Theatre Arts and School of Music. Singing review should be thought of as an opportunity for students to share their work.
Performance area faculty and staff will share their singing review feedback with the voice teachers of each participating student. Voice teachers will then discuss this feedback with students during their lesson time.
Areas of Assessment for Singing Review
- Body Integration
- Mannerisms and habitual tension patterns
- Head, neck, shoulder (release/tension issues)
- Breath and body work (release/tension issues)
- Alignment issues (head, neck, shoulders, spine, pelvis, knee, ankle)
- Vocal Integration
- Working with the breath in support of the voice
- Tension (jaw, tongue, face, etc.)
- Commitment to, investment in, and engagement with the material
- Expressive connection with the material and self
- Stage presence
- Level of confidence