U-M Faculty Director: Professor Brent Wagner
July 10 - 30, 2016
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2016
The Musical Theatre Workshop is a wide-ranging educational program that gives students the opportunity to work on the Ann Arbor campus with faculty members in the renowned University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre. The Musical Theatre Workshop enrolls approximately 40 students and is designed for juniors and seniors who are considering BFA degree programs in college.
The workshop is open to 2015-2016 high school juniors, although applications from 2015-2016 tenth graders of exceptional ability and experience are considered. Admission decisions are based on a student’s application (including training and experience), recommendation, transcript, and audition. Applicants must have at least a B average in a rigorous college prep program in order to have their audition reviewed.
Workshop topics will include:
Workshop students also will participate in a wide variety of master classes with faculty members from the Department of Musical Theatre, the Department of Theatre & Drama, and the Department of Dance. Graduates of the Department also teach classes. Extra sessions are devoted to the application and audition process for university programs. Students will have a clear understanding of the college exploration, application and audition process by the end of the 3-week session.
On the final Saturday, parents will be invited to the last class of the workshop for an informal demonstration of the techniques studied during the three weeks of the workshop.
Note: No auditions for The University of Michigan are held during the summer. Participation in the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop should not be viewed as an "audition" for the school.
The application consists of four parts. (Applications are not complete until all requirement materials have been received.)
Upload each of the following required selections as a separate file. Make sure that your face is clearly visible, with your upper body fairly near the camera and the background simple, uncluttered, and not too bright (e.g., in front of a window). Try to include a full-body and close-up shot at some point in the recording. Place the microphone close to you and away from the piano. Use an acoustic piano (not electric keyboard) and make sure that the piano has been tuned. Announce your name and the title of each selection.
Upload two songs from stage or film musicals. These should be a minimum of 32 bars, with one song written before 1970. We strongly prefer that your pianist be in the room and accompanying you on a tuned acoustic piano when the vocal recording is made. As a last resort, you can sing with an acoustic piano accompaniment that your accompanist has recorded for you at an earlier time. We do not accept any other types of recorded accompaniments.
The following are suggestions for choosing and preparing music for your MPulse MTW audition upload.
Choosing your music:
Preparing your music:
Final vocal tips:
Prepare a short monologue (no dialects) from a full-length American play written after 1935, memorized, and in context. Applicants should read and study the entire play. The monologue should be no longer than one and a half minutes.
The following suggestions may assist you in choosing and preparing monologues for your MPulse MTW audition upload
If you do not include the personal statement, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration for the workshop.
If you would like to include recorded selections from stage performances, upload these after required materials. If you have any dance experience, you may also include performance excerpts.
Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is January 15, 2016. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on February 26, 2016. Decisions will not be given by phone.
Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the initial deadline will be on a rolling basis.
As a courtesy to the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Workshop faculty and to the other applicants, please notify the MPulse office and withdraw your application if you commit to another summer program anytime during our review/decision notification process.
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