Stephens College is launching two new B.F.A. programs that will allow performing arts students to get more intensive training in vocal arts and musical theatre.
Both the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and the B.F.A. in Vocal Arts will build on successful Performing Arts programs at Stephens with the addition of exciting new courses and faculty.
Stephens already enjoys success in musical theatre and vocal arts with a theatre program ranked 12th in the country by The Princeton Review and a music program that has produced award-winning singers for many years. Giving students the option to pursue a musical theatre or vocal arts degree will allow the program to recruit performers who want to pursue intense training in the given disciplines.
“The two new degrees are wonderful additions to the B.F.A. degrees currently offered in the School of Performing Arts,” Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian said. “The B.F.A. in vocal arts is unique in the tripartite focus of vocal training—classical, jazz and musical theatre—and will surely attract many new students. The musical theatre degree is designed in such a way with the acting focus as the foundation and then either a dance or vocal focus, ensuring students intense training for the field. We look forward to building upon the fine legacy of Stephens and the School of Performing Arts as we expand our degree offerings.”
Like existing performing arts programs, the new B.F.A. degrees will give students intensive, three-year, two-summer experiences that combine a liberal arts education with performance opportunities.
Musical Theatre students will participate in either Summer Theatre Institute or Stephens Summer Dance, depending on their emphasis, and will spend their second summer at Okoboji Summer Theatre, the College’s stock theatre company in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Students in the B.F.A. in Vocal Arts study in a newly designed Summer Music Institute with workshops and lessons and will complete an internship requirement the second summer.
Both programs are accepting students for the fall of 2015.
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