Musical theatre jury examinations are held by the voice faculty and the acting/musical theatre faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts. A musical theatre jury is given for each musical theatre student receiving credit in AMU applied music. A student wishing to enter the musical theatre program must audition successfully for the theatre arts faculty prior to taking classes in musical theatre as a freshman.
Formal admission to the BFA program in musical theatre is gained at the conclusion of the sophomore year by way of a junior qualifying audition. The student must pass this performance examination in voice and musical theatre. Its purpose is to determine if the student has the practical skills and discipline necessary to complete the BFA degree.
To be eligible to apply for admission to the BFA program, the student must have earned a grade of D or higher in all courses required for the major and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in major courses. A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 must have been earned each semester prior to application to the degree program. Additionally, retention in the program is dependent upon the student receiving grades of D or higher in all classes required for the major and maintaining an overall GPA of 2.75. Any student whose average falls below 2.75 in a semester following formal admission to the BFA program will be on probation and granted one semester to raise it to the minimum GPA. Failing that, the student may continue in the BA degree program.
Musical theatre students are required to pay for their accompanist each semester. This fee is not part of regular tuition and fees but is included in university charges. Applied Music fees are also assessed for all AMU classes.
Three to five productions are presented each school year. It is the goal of the department to offer a balanced program of plays, representing various periods, genres, and styles.