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BFA in Musical Theatre Now Offered at SC

The Southwestern College division of performing arts has announced the new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in musical theatre degree program, which has been approved by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The BFA focuses on gaining skills in three main performance disciplines; music, theatre, and dance. Rigorous study in all three disciplines is necessary to prepare students for the professional musical theatre world upon graduation. Through this degree SC students will gain first-hand knowledge in all aspects of theatre including performance, technical theatre, choreography, and directing.  Students will also be engaged in professional internships, and casting calls throughout their time at SC. 

“We believe Southwestern College is a place where students of all musical and theatrical interests can succeed,” says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at SC. “The BFA reaches out to those students who have a true passion for musical theatre and is not a degree offered by many other institutions in the state. Students desiring to work hard and grow into ‘triple threats’ in music, theatre, and dance within a smaller campus environment will thrive here at SC.”

Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts says that this degree will be beneficial to students and the college.

“Having the bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre degree will help the division fulfill its mission to prepare students for professional performance careers and will also enhance our role as serving as a center of musical excellence to our constituency,” Shook says.  “Additionally, it will fulfill the desire of the current students in music and theatre degree programs to excel in the three disciplines as they prepare for their careers and/or graduate school.”  

Allyson Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech, likes the performance aspect of the degree. 

“Every semester students will have the opportunity to perform individually and as an ensemble through musical theatre ensemble and, on an advanced level, the Broadway Builders Ensemble in showcase productions,” Moon says.  “Students will also have the opportunity to perform in two musicals per year and will be encouraged to audition for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival, musical theatre productions, or other regional, musical theatre performance opportunities.”

Southwestern College will be having a scholarship audition day for performing arts, music, theatre, and musical theatre on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  This event is for students in search of financial assistance for their talents and interests in the performing arts. For more information, call the performing arts office at (620) 229-6272 or Southwestern College admission office at (800) 846-1543 extension 6236.

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