The Catholic University of America

July 18-29, 2016 

The CUA High School Musical Theatre Institute, organized by the School of Music, is a two-week residential program for students who wish to pursue a intensive summer training in musicianship, dance, acting, and singing. If you are looking for a summer training program that will prepare you for your college auditions and increase your skills, this program is for you. 

Course Work: Students take daily classes in musicianship/ear training, theatre dance, jazz or tap. CUA Music faculty and local theatre professionals will teach the courses. Master Classes will be scheduled throughout the two weeks with visiting artists.

Audition Preparation: Each student will work on preparing and rehearsing two, contrasting audition songs, one from before 1960. The program culminates with a workshop performance of solo and ensemble pieces presented on the evening of the final day. Rising seniors will have the opportunity to audition for the CUA Musical Theatre program if they wish. All participants will receive a written and verbal evaluation. 

Evening Rehearsals: Some evenings will be devoted to scenes or larger dance pieces in preperation for the final showcase.  

Live On Campus: Students will live in supervised campus residence halls beginning on the night before the first day of classes—July 17 (Students participating in both the High School Drama and Musical Theatre Institutes will remain in campus residence halls on July 15 and 16.) This two-week program allows students to experience what it's like to be a CUA School of Music Musical Theatre major. 
Evening & Weekend Activities
  • Theatre Performances: Attend a performance of the musical Phantom of the Opera at The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. If time allows, other productions will be planned at Washington, DC professional theatres.
  • Experience DC: On the weekends, students will have the opportunity to explore the Nation's Capital in supervised groups via the Metro (subway) to the many monuments, historical sites, and museums.

Who should apply?
You must be a rising junior or senior high school student, or a rising first-year college student. This program’s focus is on older students who wish to strengthen their acting skills through daily concentrated work while living responsibly in a university setting.

Dates and Times:
July 18 – 29, 2016 
Daily classes will be held Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Evening rehearsals and programming will begin after 5:30 pm. For a working schedule of the 2016 Musical Theatre Institute click here.

Location: Ward Hall, The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

Fee: $2,800

Includes all classes, rehearsals, and workshop activities, as well as meals, housing, linens & pillow, theatre tickets, and bus transportation.

Financial Aid:
There is a limited amount of financial aid for students who would not be able to attend the Institute at full cost. To apply for this aid, students need to complete and submit a scholarship application. Available while it lasts.

Interested? Apply Now!

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