Voice Training

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Voice training for the BFA candidate in musical theatre begins with the fundamentals of classical technique and expands rapidly to include training in techniques specific to the musical theatre repertoire, including mixing and belting. Our goal is to help you develop a healthy, versatile singing voice adaptable to the many styles required in musical theatre today.

Your first year will introduce you to vocal technique and song performance in a group class.  This is combined with a ½ hour private weekly voice lesson. You will memorize, rehearse, and perform repertoire in different styles which will be presented at the end of each semester. 

In your sophomore year, you will continue to refine and develop vocal technique in one hour private weekly lessons as you increase your command of the musical theatre repertoire.  Each semester culminates in a juried performance before the entire voice faculty.

Hour-long private voice lessons continue in your junior and senior years. In the spring of your senior year you will have the opportunity to create your own cabaret/recital instead of a jury.

There are many performance opportunities available in the School of Theatre and the School of Music.  Each year the stages and recital halls are filled with concerts, musicals, operas, and recitals.  BFA Musical Theatre students are required to audition for the School of Theatre musicals (with the exception of the first semester of study).  The weekly voice forum provides another opportunity for students to try out new material in a performance setting, and to be coached by a member of the voice faculty other than your regular teacher.  

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Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

Office: (814) 865 7586

Fax: (814) 865 5754

Tickets: (814) 863 0255

Email: theatre@psu.edu

Website: http://www.theatre.psu.edu