Freshman applicants should have training and experience in musical theatre techniques and production. The ability to read music fluently and training in ballet are assets. A “B” average (3.0 GPA) or better with good college prep courses and SAT or ACT test results (with Writing) are required.
Transfer applicants must have the prerequisites of a 3.0 collegiate GPA or better, have recent ballet training and college coursework (or its formal equivalent) in voice, piano and music theory. If invited to audition, transfer applicants must audition in Ann Arbor, rather than in Chicago.
If your completed Common Application and audition recordings are submitted and uploaded by October 15, you will receive an in-person audition decision by November 15. Later submissions, through December 1*, will receive a decision by December 23. Read more...
The faculty realizes that making an audition video adds an extra challenge to the application process. Please know that you will not be evaluated on the quality of the video recording itself. It is not necessary to submit a multi-camera, highly technical studio video. The main goal is simple clarity so that your work can be seen.
Resumé Upload a pdf of your full resumé, which includes any training and experience you have had in music, theatre, and dance, as well as academic honors, work experience, and community service.
Photograph Upload a recent photograph of yourself, headshot preferred.
Prepare two short, contrasting monologues from plays. The monologues must be memorized and should be performed in the context of the entire play. The monologues should be no longer than 90 seconds each.
Prepare two musical theatre songs of a minimum of 32-bars, plus a 2-4-bar piano introduction. Both songs must be memorized, and one should be written before 1965. Sing with recorded or live accompaniment, not a cappella.
Dance–upload 1 or 2
The Department is committed to finding a diverse group of individuals. Some of you may be singer/actors who move well and some may be competitive dancers who sing and act well. The movement/dance portion of your audition should reflect who you are as a performer. We will accept a wide array of presentations that demonstrate your abilities.
1. Required for all applicants: present a 30-60 second clip of yourself moving/dancing. Your full body should be in view at all times. You may choose a cut from a musical or a dance performance in which you participated, or record something original. Any style is acceptable: musical theatre, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, etc. Wear appropriate dance attire that will show clean line.
2. Optional, for applicants with dance training: execute a set of plies, tendues, grand battements, and pirouettes. Straightforward, simple exercises are preferred. (side view is best)
Music may be live or recorded.
Those invited to the in-person auditions will be asked to follow these requirements:
Prepare two short, contrasting monologues from plays. Neither may exceed 90 seconds. Each monologue must be memorized and should be performed in the context of the entire play. The emphasis is on simple reality. Note: Auditionees will present one monologue only. The faculty panel will determine which one will be presented.
Choose monologues that are appropriate for your age and experience.
Be able to discuss the play as a whole. It’s best to select monologues from plays, as opposed to special material written for monologue books.
Avoid historic styles, such as Shakespeare, and verse or poetry. Avoid dialects.
Use good judgment in selecting the monologues, avoiding pieces that may be inappropriate because of language or situation.
Prepare two selections of musical theatre repertoire that contrast in style and decade of composition. Each cut may be up to 32 bars each, but should not exceed 60 seconds in length and must be memorized. In addition, please have the full version of your audition songs as well as any other performance-ready musical theatre or pop repertoire.
An accompanist (usually a faculty member) will be provided. You may not sing with your own accompanist, a cappella, or with recorded accompaniment.
Do not try to sing too high or too loudly. An enormous number of applicants present songs in keys that are too high for them to show themselves at their best vocally. Volume and range can be explored separately if the faculty has questions.
It's wise to work with a skilled accompanist at home before you begin your college auditions, making sure that all elements of your printed music are presented clearly and correctly.
Do not use a chair or props in the vocal audition.
Suggestions for choosing music:
Choose songs with which you can communicate a specific situation in a clear context with an objective (goal). Make the situation as honest and specific as possible.
Even though a 16-bar song is very short, do as much as you can to give the song a progression. What happens or changes as the song proceeds?
Select material that is suitable for your age and experience.
Choose songs which fit comfortably within your range. If you are using a transposition of a song, be sure that you have correctly printed the melody, lyrics and accompaniment in the new key.
Suggestions for preparing your music:
Your music should be in a binder, or taped without page turns.
Include a 2-bar or 4-bar introduction for each song, and mark it clearly in the music. The measures of introduction do not count in the 16-bars you will be singing. Make sure that the introduction leads clearly and naturally to your entrance in the song. Write the title of the song at the top of the page, along with the time signature.
Explore the lyrics of the song as carefully as you explore the music. Be absolutely certain that you are singing correct words, notes, and rhythms.
All applicants will participate in a dance class emphasizing ballet technique and including a short combination from a musical. The faculty will evaluate your technique, incorporation of choreographic intent, performance vitality, acting/communication skills, and potential for growth.
Apparel: Women should wear character or jazz shoes (and can bring ballet slippers), leotards, tights and/ or dance skirts. Men should wear jazz shoes (and can bring ballet slippers), tights, jazz pants, t-shirts or shorts, and a dance belt.
Though it isn't possible to prepare specifically for the dance audition, applicants generally have better success if they have had some training in ballet. While most auditionees have danced to various degrees in productions, the specific skills acquired in ballet training are invaluable preparation for this portion of the audition.
Start warming up as soon as you come into the room.
The staff of the Admissions Office and the Musical Theatre faculty are not able to provide individual feedback from student auditions, again, because of the volume of candidates to consider. We ask your understanding, and thank you in advance.
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