Music Theatre Performance | St. Clair College

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Program Code: A887
Status: Open
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Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September
Kristyn Wiklanski
519-972-2727 ext. 4184

Program Overview

This is a conservatory-style training program that prepares emerging talents for careers in the entertainment industry. The curriculum focuses on those three areas that comprise the “triple threat” performer; acting, singing, and dancing. Students train with professional instructors active in their field. Acting is of primary importance with a wider variety of styles and methodologies taught to prepare individuals for stage and film. Vocal music work includes technique, interpretation and solo work supported by one on one tutorials. A rigorous dance curriculum includes styles with a specific music theatre focus. Musicianship will be stressed through key-board instruction, sight singing instruction, choral work, and elementary composition.

Program Highlights

  • Performance opportunities in every semester, with the shows distinguished by high production values.
  • Our productions are presented in our 1200-seat Chrysler Theatre in Windsor in addition to a smaller intimate studio setting.
  • When you apply to this program, you are welcome to attend any of our performances which take place in December and April.
  • Learn from industry professionals; faculty members are working artists within the industry.
  • View our Professional Faculty active within the entertainment industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find work as performers in professional theatres, on cruise ships, in dinner theatres, in theme parks, summer festivals and in commercial musical theatre productions as well as in film. Opportunities also exist in commercial voiceovers and studio recording.

Why Choose This Program?

A comprehensive, focused conservatory-style training program, Music Theatre Performance offers a solid base for your future career. Learn from industry professionals; our faculty members are working artists within the industry. Attention to supporting the individual and fostering professional development is ensured by one on one coaching. Blending the classical with the contemporary, St. Clair's Music Theatre Program concentrates on practical strategies for stretching the imagination and developing strong performance skills, without neglecting the business of "the business."

Our Music Theatre Program's acting courses include Theatre History and Stagecraft, Text Analysis & interpretation, Character Development, Improvisation & Physical Comedy. The music component offers the History of Music Theatre, Musical Theory, Ear Training and Sight-singing, Vocal Technique & Interpretation. Dance courses include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary. Master Classes are offered by guest artists from the world of entertainment.

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Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Recommended: One of Dance, Dramatic Arts or Music (Grade 11 or 12 (U), (C), (M) or Open)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Additional Requirements

Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College is a rigorous three year training programme that prepares talented and focused young artists for professional careers. We have industry based faculty, a state of the art theatre facility and graduates actively working within this competitive business. In addition to fulfilling the necessary academic requirements for the Music Theatre Performance program, applicants must also successfully complete a performance audition. All auditions will be online.

St. Clair College Music Theatre Performance Electronic Audition Submission:

A monologue chosen from a contemporary or modern play (NOT from the internet please), one to two minutes in length, fully memorized.

Two contrasting songs from the musical theatre repertoire, one ballad (slow) and one up tempo (fast). Keep it short! A verse/chorus is usually enough. Tracks are acceptable in terms of accompaniment.

A short dance piece that illustrates how you move, choreographed to music of your own choosing (doesn’t have to be music theatre) no longer than sixteen bars.

It is usually easiest to send the material as a YouTube link; please forward this to We would also ask that you submit an up to date resume and a headshot (preferably 8 by 10) with your audition link. After viewing your material (audition links, headshot, resume) we will arrange a telephone interview; at that time we will discuss your audition, your musical literacy, your performance background, your career objectives, as well as answer any questions that you may have about our programme.

A few pointers:

Wear what you might wear for any other audition – costumes not required.

  • Make sure that you have a few full-body shots. Close-ups are not necessary.
  • Do not use a microphone, but make sure that the piano does not overpower your vocals.
  • “Slate” prior to each piece, that is, state your name, the name of the song or monologue or dance before you begin recording.
  • It is best to create separate files for each piece –easier to send, and easier to view.

A reminder that there are academic requirements (an Ontario High School diploma or an equivalent) in addition to a successful audition.

We begin accepting students in December, once we assess their audition and authenticate their academic standing.

We will continue to accept students until the programme is full. We look forward to “meeting” you on camera!


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Acting I
Voice I
Dance I
Music Theatre I
Musicianship I
Choose 1 Elective Course
Performance I
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Theatre Business I
Acting II
Performance II
Voice II
Dance II
Music Theatre II
Musicianship II
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Choose 1 Elective Course
Dance III
Acting III
Voice III
Music Theatre III
Musicianship III
Performance III
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Music Theatre IV
Acting IV
Voice IV
Dance IV
Musicianship IV
Performance IV
Theatre Business II
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
Acting V
Voice V
Dance V
Music Theatre V
Musicianship V
Performance V
Choose 1 Elective Course
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
Acting VI
Dance VI
Voice VI
Music Theatre VI
Theatre Business III
Performance VI

Past Cohorts:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
PART122 Theatre History 2
PART112 Acting I 2
PART117 Improvisation I 2
PART119 Voice And Text I 2
PART105 Vocal Technique I 2
PART116 Dance I 8
PART118 Vocal Interpretation & Perform 2
PART129 Musical Theory I 2
PART131 Ear Training I 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
PART133 Industry Practices 1: Stagecraft 1
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
PART211 Theatre History & Stagecraft II 2
PART212 Acting II 2
PART217 Movement For Actors I 2
PART222 Performance I 1
PART219 Voice And Text II 2
PART206 Dance II 7
PART225 Vocal Technique II 2
PART218 Vocal Interpretation & Perform II 2
PART229 Musical Theory II 2
PART231 Ear Training II 2
PART233 Industry Practices 2: Working In Theatre 1
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
PART306 Movement For Actors II 2
PART305 Acting III 2
PART319 Voice & Text III 2
PART308 Dance III 6
PART325 Vocal Technique III 2
PART303 Vocal Interpretation & Perform III 2
PART320 Musical Theory III 2
PART310 Ear Training III 2
PART333 Industry Practices 3: Auditioning-Monologue Preparation 2
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
PART410 History Of Musical Theatre 2
PART401 Movement For Actors III 2
PART402 Vocal Technique IV 2
PART408 Acting IV 2
PART403 Dance IV 6
PART427 Vocal Interpretation & Performance IV 2
PART431 Ear Training IV 2
PART429 Musical Theory IV 2
PART411 Performance II 2
PART433 Industry Practices 4: Auditioning -Song And Monologue Preparation 1
PART424 Acting For Media 2
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
PART504 Acting V 3
PART501 Voice And Text IV 2
PART502 Dance V 6
PART503 Vocal Technique V 2
PART527 Vocal Interpretation And Performance V 2
PART529 Musical Theory V 1
PART531 Ear Training V 1
PART507 Performance III 3
PART535 Vocal Workshop I 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
PART533 Industry Practices 5: Dance Calls 1
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
PART602 Acting VI 3
PART616 Dance VI 8
PART625 Vocal Technique VI 2
PART627 Vocal Interpretation & Performance VI 2
PART629 Musical Theory VI 2
PART633 Theatre Business - The Artist As Entrepreneur 2
PART622 Performance IV 2
PART635 Vocal Workshop II 2

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Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2024-2025 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses are at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found on the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

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Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Music Theatre Performance (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61912)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Integrate singing, acting and dancing into a performance that will meet the standards of the Canadian Musical Theatre Industry.
  2. Execute choreography and perform with proficiency, the three dance techniques that form the foundation of dance in Music Theatre - jazz, tap and ballet/modern.
  3. Exhibit a critical understanding of period, contemporary and modern day theatrical texts through performance and character work.
  4. Sing with proficiency, a repertoire of classical, contemporary and modern day musical compositions.  
  5. Demonstrate musical skills in elementary arranging, transposition, and sight reading.
  6. Develop an audition portfolio to fulfill the requirements of a professional audition in the Canadian Music Theatre Industry.
  7. Research, analyze and interpret performance material through oral, written and practical presentations.
  8. Interact and work in a professional manner with diverse groups of people in a variety of situations that lead to the completion of goals.
  9. Display a fundamental understanding of stagecraft principles and techniques.
  10. Perform intermediary competencies for recording in video and audio studios.
  11. Apply the business skills necessary to flourish within the Canadian Music Theatre industry. 

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