The B.F.A. in musical theatre is a pre-professional degree that integrates music, theatre, and dance to prepare students for a life in the arts. Classes are taught by industry professionals, Nazareth faculty, and visiting guest artists in a rigorous and supportive environment.
Our liberal arts-based education teaches critical, analytical, and independent thinking, which are essential for creative work. Small class sizes enable individual attention from the faculty, who help you grow vocally, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
The department produces musicals, dramas, comedies, classics, dance concerts, and more in a state-of-the-art theater. Our collaboration with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival enhances training and learning opportunities and creates an intensive professional track training program, rivaling many national programs. That three-stage festival won NY Theatre Guide's Best of 2015 Reader's Choice Award for best professional theatre (non/off-Broadway).
Through intensive rehearsing, you'll learn firsthand the commitment and discipline required for professional performance in music, dance, and drama. You'll also learn about production: set design, costuming, make-up, and lighting.
Auditions are required for this major. View audition details.
Education: B.S., Nazareth College (Music Education); Graduate study, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Geneseo, Carnegie Hall Studios, NYC
Education: B.F.A., Shandong College of Arts, China (Acting); M.F.A., University of Arizona (Costume Design)
Teaching and Artistic Interests: During her 20+ years teaching here, Professor Zhao designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions. She also designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. Before coming to the US, she taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts and starred in movies, TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.
"I was drawn to this musical theatre program because of the small class sizes, Nazareth's beautiful campus, professors who truly care about your progress, and the emphasis on being a musician as well as an actor. Audition class, an internship, characterization, Shakespeare, and acting-through-song classes helped me become a well-rounded actor. The ability to take a wide variety of dance classes has made me a more confident dancer. My confidence in my abilities to perform, sing, act, and dance enabled me to jump right into performing at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse." The Playhouse was described as Broadway level in recent media coverage.