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What are the best schools in Texas for MT?

original501original501 Posts: 116Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2010 in Musical Theater Major
What schools are strong in musical theatre, or in general, vocal music in Texas?
Is UH strong in this field?
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Replies to: What are the best schools in Texas for MT?

  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Posts: 524Registered User Member
    Sam Houston, Texas State, Texas Christian University, and Baylor are great audition ones. Stephen F. Austin, St. Edwards, and Southwestern for non-audition.

    I don't know much about U of H, sorry.
  • KatMTKatMT Posts: 3,400College Rep Senior Member
    Rice is very strong for VP. Not sure about MT.

    I believe U of H is stronger in theatre than MT. However, I have worked with strong MT performers from U of H.
  • original501original501 Posts: 116Registered User Junior Member
    Thank youn all!
    How about SMU?
  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Posts: 524Registered User Member
    Oh, yeah- SMU is great. I knew I was leaving some out! For acting, especially, though... I don't think they have a BFA MT.

    I've heard University of North Texas in Denton has a good program, too. Same with TWU.
  • original501original501 Posts: 116Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you!
    I live in Tx, I want to study music and do theatre.
    I love MT, but i'll probably major in VP.

    I want to stay in-state bc of $$.

    I know SMU is private, but I've heard they give nice scholarships to minority students with potential and strong academics.

    Is location important?
    As in, would it be better to study in a cosmopolitan area like Houston or Dallas?
  • 2dogs1cat2dogs1cat Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    Hi! This is John's mom, I'm glad you joined. How did the last of the audition go?
  • austinmtmomaustinmtmom Posts: 2,281Registered User Senior Member
    Trinity University in San Antonio offers a BM in vocal performance and also has a theatre degree. Both departments offer scholarships but the deadlines are coming up quickly (early March) so I would check themout quickly if you are interested!
  • mtdadnowmtdadnow Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    Check out what Kaitlin Hopkins is doing at Texas State. I think they will have an incredible program over the next few years.
  • arrdadarrdad Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    Does North Texas have a BFA Musical Theatre program? Their website doesn't reflect that.

    WTAMU is another school with a MT degree. It is audition based, but not overly competitive to get in to.

    Texas State is becoming super competitive almost overnight with Kaitlyn Hopkins at the helm. Plus, the school has received a large donation to help build a new performing arts center. (The current one is pretty good.)

    My D loved TCU on her visit last fall. It's hard to imagine many schools anywhere that could be better for the overall college experience combined with a strong theatre program.

    I think Southwestern could be a sleeper of a program with huge potential. Not sure why the program is so small there. Outstanding facilities, beautiful hill country town near Austin. Austinmom or Alexa, do you know why this program is so small?
  • austinmtmomaustinmtmom Posts: 2,281Registered User Senior Member
    Great question arrdad! Southwestern is a small school (1,300 students) so maybe that's part of it? So many people outside of the immediate area don't even know the schools exists, much less that they have a wonderful theatre program. And they haven't gone the TSU route of bringing in a big name like Kaitlin Hopkins to draw attention to the program. I can just say that I have been to productions at Southwestern and thoroughly enjoyed them. The theatre students I know who go there are wonderful actors/singers/dancers and they chose Southwestern for a reason.

    Scholarship auditions are March 6 and 7 so if anyone is interested they should probably contact Southwestern now to see if they can still get on the schedule.

    Southwestern also has a really wonderful program called Paideia. It's hard to explain the program in a few words so I've included a link. I've worked with Paideia and capstone students from Southwestern and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Very bright, articulate and motivated students. Southwestern University: The Paideia Program
  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 Posts: 1,176Registered User Senior Member
    I heard that UNT is starting a new MT major next year, but I would think there would be information, especially about auditions, on the web site already. Sam Houston's program has been around for a while. I know one student there now who is a junior, and a couple more who hope to be attending as freshmen next year. They are all boys. For VP, there are several students from our area who have attended Mary Hardin-Baylor. I don't think location is that important. A "cosmopolitan" area would certainly have more outside opportunities to perform, but if you're in a BFA, you probably won't have time for much outside stuff.
  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 Posts: 1,176Registered User Senior Member
    Also, about Stephen F. Austin:
    1) At a college fair at my D's high school, we stopped by the SFA booth (it is my alma mater :) ) and the rep there told her with her grades and test scores, she could expect a full ride.
    2) When D auditioned at OCU back in 04-05, the accompanist was chatting with a group of us and mentioned SFA as having a good music program. I think a friend of his was the director there, so I don't know if he was drumming up business for his friend or if it truly is strong for music.

    My DD had her heart set on OCU and didn't even look at SFA, but it would be worth checking out, IMO.
  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Posts: 524Registered User Member
    Arrdad: In all honesty, I have no idea WHY Southwestern doesn't have a bigger program, but I can tell you it doesn't hold them back at all. I have many friends that attended there for either MT or VP and are extremely talented and successfull in both the theater world in Austin and abroad. The facilities are beautiful and Georgetown has a community theatre that puts on great productions if you really care to work outside the school.

    If anyone lives in this area and is curious about them, they are performing Urinetown next Wed-Sun (starting the 24th) and that would be a great view of what kind of productions they put on! I know quite a few people in it (including Bobby and Hope) and they are beyond talented so I know it'll be a great show. I'm seeing it!

    In regards to U of H, I am currently in a production of A Little Night Music here in Austin where one of our Leibesleider is a U of H graduate with a degree in VP. She has toured the country singing in all sorts of different Opera houses, and even went over to Germany and Italy for quite a while after graduating. A very talented lady who now lives in Austin and is finally showing us her stuff! :)

    In relation to my earlier post, our very talented Henrik just graduated from Southwestern with a VP degree!
  • trace92trace92 Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    original501: though I don't think the location of a campus is crucial to your success, I think it can really help. I know someone who is attending UNT right now, not majoring in theatre, and has been cast in local AEA companies and I believe they just received an offer for a part in an upcoming Broadway show. So, going to a school that is in the Dallas or Houston area definately has its perks, but like I said, many people have made it going to schools from non-metropolitan areas.
  • mtdadnowmtdadnow Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    TSU is getting a new performing arts center? Do you know when that is supposed to occur? Also, when you say "super-competitive" are we talking along the same lines as CCM, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, UM & Otterbein?

    Thanks for the info!
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