Musical Theater

​College of Visual and Performing Arts

Learn how to flourish in one of the most demanding of the performing arts professions.

Develop your technical skills in voice, music, acting, and dance, and integrate them with your personal repertoire to add expressiveness and versatility. A foundation of liberal arts and theater history will anchor your college experience.

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About VPALink

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse, VPA supports the creative process and professional development. The College is divided into six areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; and the Department of Transmedia. 

Learn more about the musical theater program.


Sample courses for musical theater majors include:

  • Voice/Verse Practicum
  • Introduction to Musical Theater Performance
  • Movement for Actors
  • History of Musical Theater
  • Auditioning: Musical Theater
  • Sight Singing for Non-Music Majors

View official major requirements.

Practical ExperienceLink

The bachelor of fine arts program broadens your drama experience with classes in design, stage lighting, costume history, dramatic literature, and state management. You can also work behind the scenes as part of a running crew or assistant stage manager.

Don’t just learn to sing and dance—acquire a variety of singing techniques for every style from operetta to rock, and study the different types of dance that are unique to stage productions. Add acting and audition techniques, and embrace opportunities to perform in stage productions throughout your undergraduate career.

There are many opportunities for community engagement in the drama department at Syracuse. Work with young adults with special needs through the All Star C.A.S.T. (Community Actors and Students’ Theatre), designing the program for that term, guiding exercises, producing, and acting in a play with community participants. This allows you to explore careers in drama therapy and educational theater.

A supportive network of VPA alumni are always willing to help you achieve success, both at Syracuse and after you graduate. Notable alumni include Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller ’05, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ‘83, actor Taye Diggs ’93, and actress/singer Vanessa Williams ’86. View more notable alumni.

Study AbroadLink

As a musical theater major, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester immersed in the theater world of London. Take classes and workshops at the Globe Theater and attend live performances at the National Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company. Syracuse Abroad also offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life After Syracuse UniversityLink

As a College of Visual and Performing Arts graduate with a major in musical theater, you can explore such careers as:

  • Actor
  • Arts administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Director
  • Singer/musician
  • Stage manager
  • Theater director