Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Musical Theatre - FAQ

The DFPA offers a cross-disciplinary minor in musical theatre designed for students majoring in the performing arts. The musical theatre minor offers two tracks for students majoring in music or theatre. Students take courses in the two performing arts forms outside their concentration, along with a capstone in musical theatre repertoire. The capstone course culminates in a Musical Theatre Showcase.

Theatre at Loyola produces at least one musical each academic year. In addition, musical theatre students have the opportunity to participate in a yearly workshop specializing in the development of new musicals done in partnership with a professional theatre in Chicago.

No, you don't have to audition to get into the musical theatre program. However you do need to complete a major in either Theatre or Music to receive credit for the minor. To declare a musical theatre minor you need to be admitted into the University, declare either a major in either Music or Theatre and contact the DFPA Chairperson, Sarah Gabel, to declare a minor in the appropriate musical theatre track.

Applied Voice is a requirement of the musical theatre minor. Private vocal lessons are offered through the Music program. Musical Theatre students must complete the Applied Music Application prior to registration. A placement audition may be required prior to placement in an applied voice class.

No, you should consult the dance placement guidelines to determine which level of dance is most appropriate for your skill level. For additional assistance in choosing the dance class that is right for you contact the Director of Dance, Sandra Kaufmann.