"Hair" cast members in rehearsal.

Admission to BFA Musical Theatre

Major-Specific Guidelines

Currently there is NO pre-screening required for audition purposes. Students will have the opportunity to register online for an audition as part of the University application.  You will receive an email confirming your audition date and time once you have submitted your application.

To be considered for admission to the BFA Musical Theatre program, students must first submit an online application to Montclair State University, then follow the guidelines below:

  • Applicant should be an incoming freshman or sophomore.

Students will have the opportunity to register online for an audition as part of the University application.  You will receive an email confirming your audition date and time once you have submitted your application.

  • The University application will request the documents below, which must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the scheduled audition appointment:
    • Transcripts
    • Essay response: Please discuss why you wish to study your program of choice in the College of the Arts at Montclair State. Be sure to include highlights of your experience related to your chosen academic program and how those experiences have shaped your current career goals.
    • Resume of experience
    • Small recent school photo or headshot
    • Two letters of recommendation.  One must come from a teacher, director and/or other theater professional who can speak to your potential as a Theatre major. Letter should evaluate your self-discipline, attitude, motivation, creativity and potential for success in the performing arts.
    • $50 Audition fee (non-refundable)
  • Applicants should arrive early on the day of their scheduled appointment.
  • Unified Auditions – While applicants are strongly advised to visit the department, far-away applicants to the BFA in Acting or Musical Theatre programs may choose to participate in one of the “National Unified Auditions” as an alternative to coming to campus.
    • Students attending a Unified Audition should provide a method of playback.  A speaker will be provided.
    • There will be a one-hour dance audition as described below.
    • Students must first complete and submit an application to Montclair State University before scheduling a Unified Audition appointment.
    • Unified Audition dates and locations are displayed on the Appointment Calendar page.

Download the Musical Theatre Student Handbook 2019 – 2020 for more information, guidelines, and policies specific to the Musical Theatre program.

Prospective students are permitted to audition for more than one program. You must attend each audition separately, but you are able to register to audition/interview for more than one program on the same day. You must also provided separate copies of the requested documents for each program.

Audition Preparation

Currently there is NO pre-screening required for audition purposes.

The Audition process will consist of two segments: Individual acting and vocal audition and dance placement audition.

Individual Acting and Vocal

  • Two contrasting songs, (1) a ballad and (2) an up tempo, both from the American Musical Theatre repertoire.  At least one (1) should be from the classic period, e.g. Rogers and Hammerstein, Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Lerner and Lowe, and the contrasting piece can be of your own choosing and could possibly include a current or contemporary selection.  Each should be no longer than 32 bars and should demonstrate your vocal best.  It is acceptable to start in the middle of a song if you so choose. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.
  • Two monologues, one from a realistic contemporary play, the other from a time period of your choosing. Each should be no longer than 90 seconds and offer as much contrast as possible. Choose roles in which you could be cast at this stage of your career and that show you off to your best advantage. Monologues must be memorized. All time limitations will be strictly enforced.
  • Students attending a Unified Audition need to provide an accompaniment CD and own method of playback. A CD player will NOT be provided.

Dance Placement Audition

Your dance placement class will last for one hour and will incorporate ballet and jazz technique. Please bring appropriate dance attire to allow freedom of movement, as well as ballet or jazz shoes. If not available, loose fitting attire and sneakers are acceptable (jeans and hard sole shoes are not.) If you would like to demonstrate your tap skills, please also bring your tap shoes.

Note: no applications are accepted for Spring enrollment. The BFA Musical Theatre program can only be applied to for the Fall semester of each year.

Appointment Dates

Refer to  Department Admission – Prospective Student Appointment Calendar

Complete the BFA Musical Theatre Application Form: Please note that this is separate from the online university application and is provided when you are invited to audition.

Appointment Cancellations

Please give as much advance notice as possible if an appointment must be cancelled.  If a cancellation is necessary, you must send notice and confirm that the department acknowledges receipt of cancellation. A last-minute cancellation or failure to attend an appointment may make you ineligible to schedule a later audition.

Digital Auditions

While applicants are strongly advised to schedule an audition either on-campus or at one of the National Unified Audition locations, far-away applicants to the BFA Musical Theatre program may choose to submit a Digital Audition.

For students auditioning for the BFA Musical Theatre Program all audition requirements must be demonstrated by following the Musical Theater Common Prescreen guidelines. For information regarding the Musical Theater Common Prescreen, please visit: https://papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/.

We ask that you use Option A for both Songs and Monologues. Students should also include an example of their dance training by showing their level of technique in Ballet or Jazz and/or Tap. The Digital Submission should be sent to the Auditions Coordinator. The Application and Audition Fee will still need to paid in full through the Application Portal.