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​Bachelor's in Musical Theatre [Voice] (BFA)

Do you aspire to a career telling stories and expressing yourself through song? Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished musical theatre artists, mentors and educators, and train today for your career tomorrow.

Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Major

The Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) consists of 200 undergraduate students, divided between our Acting and Musical Theatre programs. Students are guaranteed onstage performance credit while they are at CCPA — more time onstage means more training for your future career in the theatre.

Our faculty is comprised of full-time professors as well as many active theatre professionals who lend their unique talents and expertise to the Conservatory. At CCPA, our students learn from and work alongside Chicago's very best, and a low student/faculty ratio results in focused study tailored to each student's needs.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre — and our students have graced the stages of them all. An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

Expectations & Requirements


The BFA in Musical Theatre with Voice Emphasis is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as a musical theatre performer, focusing particularly on vocal performance and acting technique. The voice emphasis program blends intensive musical training including music theory, piano skills and weekly voice lessons with a high level of acting coursework in Linklater technique, scene study and period styles. Voice Emphasis students also take a full course load of dance classes, receiving training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap and musical theatre styles. Voice Emphasis students are eligible for casting in musical productions and plays on the mainstage as well as our blackbox productions.

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

All students receive performance opportunities throughout their studies. Students in good academic standing are also able to audition for opportunities outside of the Conservatory with approval.


Audition Information

All theatre applicants must audition in person; video auditions are not admissible. After submitting the Performing Arts application, applicants will be emailed information on how to schedule their audition through


On Campus Auditions

CCPA Dance Studios, 218 South Wabash Ave, 3rd Floor Dance Studios, Chicago, IL 60604

January 28, 2017
February 4, 2017
February 18, 2017

National Unified Auditions

*Students auditioning at the Unified Auditions will still schedule their auditions individually with each school they plan to audition for

January 21-22, 2017

New York City: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

February 6-9, 2017*

Chicago: CCPA will not be holding our Chicago Unified auditions at the Palmer House Hilton.  Please see CCPA’s Chicago Unified locations below.

Audition: Roosevelt University, Auditorium Building, 430 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor Congress Lounge, Chicago, IL 60605

Dance Call: CCPA Dance Studios, 218 South Wabash Ave, 3rd Floor Dance Studios, Chicago, IL 60604

*All Musical Theatre applicants attending Chicago Unified Auditions must participate in a dance call in Chicago on February 5. This is the day before auditions officially begin.

February 11-12, 2017

Los Angeles: Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Note: Transfer applicants to the Musical Theatre program auditioning in Chicago must take a brief music theory assessment on the day of their audition.  Those attending Chicago Unified Auditions must complete the assessment on February 5th.

Audition Requirements

Audition (10-15 min):  Two contrasting monologues from contemporary plays (one comedic, one dramatic).  Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes.  Please note that in most cases, we may only ask you to perform one monologue.  Whether you perform one or two monologues is no indication of our admissions decision.  In addition, please prepare 32 bars each of one ballad and one up-tempo song from the standard musical theatre repertoire.  Do not bring more than 32 bars for each.  Characters should be close to your age.  All pieces should be performed from memory.  All Musical Theatre applicants will begin their audition with a short vocal evaluation/warm-up.

*You must sing with recorded accompaniment.  Please bring this recorded accompaniment with you on a mobile device such as a phone or mp3 player.  We will provide a speaker and auxiliary input cable to plug your device into a speaker.  Recordings should not contain any lead vocals.

Dance Call (1 hour):  The dance call will consist of learning a dance in the jazz-style as a large group and then performing this dance sequence in progressively smaller groups. Please be sure to bring ballet flats, jazz shoes, and hard soled character shoes (men)/heeled character shoes (women).  Clothing should be form-fitting while allowing for freedom of movement.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCPA Office of Enrollment at

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