Music or Musical Theater Degree?


<p>I am not sure if this is the right place to post this or not, but I'm just going to dive in. Sorry if this has come up before, but I couldn't really figure how to word the search so a million things wouldn't come up. I realize that many of MT majors go on to do just that: musical theater at venues such as Broadway etc. But I was wondering if a person who majored in Music (Vocal Performance) could possibly stand a chance to contend with the graduates of great MT programs such as CMU and CCM, among others, for roles on in the musical theater aspect of performing. My first choice of the type of performance I would like to do is opera, but I wouldn't mind doing both. I just want to know if this seems possible. Thanks for answering.</p>


<p>I think it is possible. Many performers on broadway did not attend top schools. It is what you make of the school/training that you have available to you.</p>

<p>While I am certainly not an expert on who on broadway has VP or MT degrees, I know of two people who went to my S's school, one has a BM in MT and a masters in VP, Kristian Chenowith. And I believe Kelly O'Hara has both degrees in VP. But as posted above many broadway performers have degrees in totally other subjects.</p>

<p>I don't think it would matter what degree you get as long as you acquire the other skills of dancing and acting. One lady we know performed on Broadway and told us that repeatedly Directors told her that she had THE best voice at auditions but couldn't be cast for the role because she couldn't dance. </p>

<p>When we saw Chorus Line recently on Broadway I noticed what made the production outstanding was the acting. I know that seems odd for a show that you would think of as dancing and singing. I've actually seen better dancers and heard better singers but it was the great acting out of the numbers that brought real quality to the show.</p>

<p>Thanks a lot for the input guys. Yeah I guess I have to come to terms with the "triple threat" really is needed.</p>