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Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater

As Western Connecticut State University continues to expand and grow its reputation as one of the premiere higher learning institutions in a multitude of disciplines, it’s only natural that the university would be the first in the state to offer a bachelor of arts in musical theater beginning in fall 2010.

With a specialized degree in collaboration with the university’s music department, the musical theater program will give students a comprehensive knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theater. The program will include acting, dance training, individual voice instruction, music theory, keyboard competency, auditioning techniques, voice and diction and theater history.

Theatre Arts Department Chairman Sal Trapani says the program is unique because it offers not only training and performance experience in New York City and internationally but also will provide contact with industry professionals from musical powerhouses all over the world.

“There is no other school in the country that offers the training and the performance opportunities that we do — with a very caring and professional faculty at public university prices,” Trapani said. “Western has all the attributes of a small private institution. The hallmarks of our program are professionalism and a commitment to excellence. This is an exciting time for us. The new degree program is going to make us less of a well-kept secret and more of a force in musical theater education nationally.”

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Musical theater students run through a number with Adjunct Instructor Amy Jones; "City of Angels" was staged in the fall semester.