A scene from the recent BYU production of The Count of Monte Cristo.
A scene from the recent BYU production of The Count of Monte Cristo.

MDT Program and Admissions

The Music Dance Theatre (MDT) division is a unique integration of the disciplines of music, dance, and theatre. The School of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre and Media Arts have combined their resources to create a nationally accredited course of study leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Carefully designed by these three departments, classes feature an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to stimulate the highest level of professionalism for the student who desires to pursue a career as a professional singer, actor and dancer.

Courses Include

  • Music: private/group voice instruction in belt, mix and classical musical theatre styles
  • Music: theory
  • Dance: ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap
  • Dance: choreographic styles
  • Acting: basics for stage and screen
  • Acting: musical scene study
  • Acting: dialects
  • Auditions
  • Business and ethics
  • History of Music Dance Theatre

Each year, musical theatre stage productions, spectaculars, recordings, local off-campus productions, student films, summer stock and international tours provide opportunities for MDT majors to combine classroom and workshop training with practical on-stage experience in preparation for a professional career.

The university undergraduate catalog lists the complete degree requirements, including the suggested plan by which to achieve them, called the Major Academic Plan (MAP).

Admissions Process (please note listed deadlines)

Apply for admission to Brigham Young University

December 1 (priority); February 1 (final): Apply for admission to the university. Note: Often students do not find out whether they have been accepted to the university until after their audition for MDT.

Apply for the MDT Program

Received by November 15: Print out, complete and submit an incoming MDT Admission and Talent Award Application. Mail the completed application to this address:

MDT Admissions
RB Music Office
1128 RB
P.O. Box 22018
Provo, UT 84602

Applications may also be emailed to this address:

mdtaudition@gmail.com

Complete Audition Requirements

Submit THREE prescreening videos via YouTube by November 15. The audition committee will review the prescreening videos, and top applicants will then be notified by email and invited to attend the live audition on January 28, 2017.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS, TIPS AND INSTRUCTIONS

Apply for a Talent Award

MDT Talent Awards range from one-quarter tuition to full tuition plus voice lesson fees and are awarded based on exceptional music, dance, and theatre performance ability. Talent awards above the half tuition level are rare.

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