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Undergraduate | In-Person

Musical Theatre, BFA/BM

Become a dynamic storyteller at Belmont

Why Major in Musical Theatre? 

Belmont’s award winning, nationally ranked musical theatre performance major is designed for students who exhibit exceptional potential and desire to pursue a performance career in musical theatre. Belmont Musical Theatre offers a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts which provide concentrated study in voice, theatre, and dance as well as advanced audition techniques and career preparation. The Bachelor of Music is ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Multiple productions of Belmont University's Musical Theatre program have been recognized as winners of The American Prize in Musical Theatre Performance, having been chosen from among the nation's finest ensembles.

Belmont’s Musical Theatre faculty are highly trained professionals who are devoted to excellence in musical theatre training and performance. Each faculty member continues to maintain a working presence in the industry. Nancy Allen is the coordinator of the program. Contact her with program specific questions after exploring this web page.

Alumni Spotlight

Michel Vasquez

Michel Vasquez

As a student, Michel Vasquez (‘22) was highly engaged in all that Belmont had to offer – from sorority meetings to the Belmont Dance Company, to leading girls through Delight Ministries and incoming freshmen through Towering Traditions. Today, as a professional performer with her B.F.A. in musical theatre and minor in dance, Michel is highly engaged with all that the world of the performing arts has to offer.

Currently living in Europe, Michel is on the international tour of “West Side Story” as Rosalia, Maria understudy and the “Somewhere” soloist.

Sierra Fermin & Wesley Carpenter

Sierra Fermin & Wesley Carpenter

Musical Theatre alumni Sierra Fermin (Alternate) ('23) and Wesley Carpenter (Universal Alternate) ('16) make their Broadway debut in SIX The Musical in December 2023. Read more about their incredible achievement below!

What You'll Learn

  • feature-musical-theatre.jpgVocal Cross-training in all styles required for a career in musical theatre
  • Intensive dance training and mock dance auditions in all styles

  • Masterclasses with Broadway Professionals and Mock auditions every semester 

  • Intensive Acting Training (7 semesters of class style and one-on one instruction)

  • Business of the Business masterclasses on how to navigate the industry 

  • 4 musicals per year, Freshman Showcase and an NYC Industry Senior Showcase

  • Conservatory style intensive training in theory, sight reading, piano proficiency and voice

Student practice on stage during dress rehearsal for Urinetown

Career Possibilities

  • Broadway and Off-Broadway and Regional Productions

  • National Tours

  • Cruise Ships and Theme Parks, such as Disney and Norwegian

  • Voice Over such as cast recordings for MTI (Musical Theatre International) in Nashville and commercials

Program Details


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre majors complete 129 hours of coursework over the course of their undergraduate career. This includes an array of courses that gives our students the necessary training for industry success.

  • BELL Core Requirements: 38 Hours (minimum)
  • Music Requirements: 49 Hours
  • Theatre Requirements: 21 Hours
  • Dance Requirements: 13 Hours
  • General Electives: 8 Hours

Learn more about the degree requirements.

Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre majors complete 135 hours of coursework over the course of their undergraduate career. This includes an array of courses that gives our students the necessary training for industry success.

  • BELL Core Requirements: 38 Hours (minimum)
  • Music Core: 36 Hours
  • Common Music Core: 30-33 Hours
  • Special Music Core: 4 Hours
  • Theatre Requirements: 18 Hours
  • Dance Requirements: 10 Hours
  • Major Area: 28 Hours
  • Support Courses: 3 Hours
  • Additional Required Coursework: 5 Hours
  • General Electives: 5 Hours (minimum)

Learn more about the degree requirements.

Click on the links below to explore the variety of opportunities our students have to engage with the musical theatre community and advance their artistry.


Opportunities in New York City (Belmont USA)

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Masterclasses and Workshops

Student pose for a picture after dance masterclass with Rachelle Rak Masterclasses feature relevant industry personnel from casting directors, agents, choreographers, composers, music directors, and performers. Past clinicians include:

Scott Alan, Jay Binder, John Bucchino, Tituss Burgess, Michael Demby Cain, Tiffany Little Canfield, Tina Marie Casamento, Patrick Cassidy, Dave Clemmons, Bob Cline, Parker Esse, Gordon Greenberg, Rachel Hoffman, Kevin Kennison, Stephen Kopel, Levi Kreis, Katie Ladner, Norm Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kevin Munhall, Laura Oldham, Jillian Paige, Pasek and Paul, Rachelle Rak, Rob Rockiki, Michael Rodriguez, Ellery Sandhu, Rommy Sandhu, Gayle Seay, John Schuck, Matthew Scott, Merri Sugarman, Jen Waldman, Jeff Whiting, Benton Whitley, Scott Wojcik, Eric Woodall, Hugh Wooldridge,  and Rance Wright

Local Theatre Opportunities

Local Professional Companies
Local Community Theaters

The Belmont University School of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

All programs in the School of Music require an audition. The audition determines admission into the School of Music, which is separate from the University's admission decision.

After submitting the Application for Undergraduate Admission, applicants to the School of Music will receive an email prompting them to complete the Undergraduate School of Music Audition Registration Form in their BU4U account. They will choose their intended in-person audition date or the video audition option.

The School of Music does not prescreen for any of its programs.


  • Two contrasting musical theatre song cuts not to exceed 1 minute each (one of these may be a commercial pop/rock song choice if desired)
  • One classical song or cut not to exceed 1 minute
  • One monologue not to exceed 1 minute
  • Dance - Attend the dance audition in person or upload a 1 minute solo dance not to exceed one minute for online auditions
  • Materials should be age appropriate and represent a knowledge of the musical theatre industry.
  • Please bring a hard copy of your head shot and resume if auditioning in person.

More Information

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More Notable Alumni

Wesley Carpenter


Wesley Carpenter

Broadway debut in SIX The Musical.

Sierra Fermin


Sierra Fermin

Broadway debut in SIX The Musical.

Matt DeGuzman


Matt DeGuzman

Broadway A Christmas Story, Follies, Aladdin National Tours Swing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Pippin, Aladdin

Chris D'Sean Lee


Chris Lee

Broadway Hamilton (Jefferson/Lafayette), Hell’s Kitchen (Knock), Hamilton in Chicago (Jefferson/Lafayette); Off-Broadway Hell’s Kitchen; Television The Chi, Legacies, Empire, Whose Line is it Anyway? 

Ben Laxton


Ben Laxton

Broadway Book of Mormon National Tours: Catch Me if You Can, Ghost 

Lissa DeGuzzman


Lissa DeGuzzman

Broadway Wicked (Elphaba), King Kong, Aladdin National Tours Aladdin, Wicked; World Premier Bliss 

Maggie McDowell


Maggie McDowell

Broadway Disaster, Kinky Boots; Off-Broadway A Sign of the Times, Kinky Boots, Disaster, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Love Quirks 

Deonté Warren


Deonté Warren

Broadway Aladdin National Tours Dream Girls, Sister Act 

Belmont Alumni Working in the Industry

Chris D’Sean Lee The Chi, Empire, Legacies on the CW,Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Kate Calloway ABC’s Nashville
Bobby Hogan Animated Spiderman Series, 9-1-1 Lonestar, American Horror Story
Laura Baronet Chowenhill Co-Moms, C.R.E., Scene Study
Makayla Robinson Shredded, Mâdar, Cul-de-sac, Step in Time Featured Dancer Disney Channel

Rebecca Covington Webber Motown: The Musical, Beautiful: the Carol King Musical
Matthew deGuzman A Christmas Story, Follies
Levi Krauss Million Dollar Quartet (Tony Award)
Katie Ladner Almost Famous, Sunset Blvd, Wicked
Ben Laxton Book of Mormon
Maggie Stallings Disaster! On Broadway, Kinky Boots
Deonte L. Warren Aladdin (u/s Genie)
Gabe Violet         Spring Awakening
Kara Farmer Fowler School of Rock (dance captain)
Lissa De Guzman King Kong (u/s lead), Aladdin

Levi Kreis Hadestown
Delaney Gold Tootsie
Rebecca Covington Webber Motown: the Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hamilton
Kyle Caress Cinderella, Aladdin
Neal Buckley Legally Blonde (China Company)
Jenna Burns Les Miserables, West Side Story (Centennial World Tour)
Katie Davis Annie, Escape to Margaritaville
Lissa DeGuzman Aladdin, Wicked (Elphaba)
Matthew DeGuzman Swing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cats, Pippin, Aladdin
Kara Farmer School of Rock, Beauty and the Beast
Andrea Laxton Ghost, Beauty and the Beast (International Tour)
Ben Laxton Catch Me if You Can, Book of Mormon, Ghost
Chris D’Sean Lee Hamilton Chicago, Hamilton First National Tour
Jordan Long Rent, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Carlina Parker Mamma Mia!, Rock of Ages, Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour
Candace Quarrels Book of Mormon, Hamilton Chicago
Makayla McIntosh A Chorus Line, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Disney Entertainment swing
Maggie Stallings Kinky Boots
Lauren Turner Grease
Deonte L. Warren Dreamgirls, Sister Act, The Lion King
Meghan Glogower Wasserman Mamma Mia!, Elf the Musical
Lauren Wright Mamma Mia! Cirque Musical, Rockin’ Road
Zach Waters Paw Patrol
Bobby Hogan Escape to Margaritaville
Michel Vasquez West Side Story (International Tour)
Caroline Eiseman Hairspray (Tracy u/s)
Julian Malone Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots
Ethan Pugh The Sound of Music (Global Tour)

Katie Ladner Heathers, Freaky Friday, We are Tigers, Fat Camp, Gigantic, Be More Chill, Almost Famous
Meghan Glogower Wasserman Nutty Professor, Ever After
Maggie McDowell Disaster!, Pinkalicious the Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Love Quirks
Douglas Waterbury Tieman The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre), Johnny & the Devil’s Box Workshop (Goodspeed), Seawife
Andrea Rouch Laxton Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed)
Lissa DeGuzman Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed), Bliss World Premier (u/s Princess Piper)

Whitney Meyer Voices of Liberty (Disney World)
Nathan Meyer Voices of Liberty (Disney World)
Chase Tucker Beauty and the Beast (Disney World, “Gaston”)
Lauren Metzinger Hawk Disney Cruise Line “Wish”, “Magic”
Katie Grogg Disney Cruise Line “Wish”, “Fantasty” and “Magic”
Jamie Dee Bradley Beauty and the Beast (Disney Paris, “Belle”)

Wesley Carpenter Norwegian Bliss Cruise Lines in Six
Ariel Gray Norwegian Cruise Lines
Katie Grogg Disney “Wish”, “Magic”, “Fantasy” and Norwegian Cruise Lines
Shannon Hegarty Norwegian Cruise Lines
Claire Kapustka Oceania Riviera (Norwegian Cruise Entertainment)
Julian Malone Celebrity Millennium Cruise Lines
Lauren Metzinger Disney “Wish” and “Magic” Cruise Lines
Lexie McEntire Norwegian Bliss Cruise Lines
Liam Searcy Norwegian Cruise Lines
Brooke Searcy Norwegian Cruise Lines
Ginny Swanson Norwegian Cruise Lines
Imari Thompson Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Hairspray (Seaweed)
Melissa Tormene Norwegian Cruise Lines
Austin Querns Regent Seven Seas (Norwegian Cruise Entertainment)
Katie Yeomans Oceana Cruise Line

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