Musical Theatre at Jacksonville University
Professional level productions are a part of our overall curriculum, including one fully-staged musical and one opera per year, as well as smaller-scale workshop productions and community outreach performances. Our performance facilities include the newly renovated Swisher Theatre (400 seats), Terry Concert Hall (425 seats), and the Fine Arts Hall and Studio Theatre.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Music Theatre is housed in the Music Division. We train singer/actors (especially crossover singers) to be competent, highly-skilled musical artist/actors. The BFA in Music Theatre is a professional interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare graduates for professional work in Music Theatre, incorporating extensive musical training with dance and theatre. The program includes four years of acting and dance (ballet, jazz, modern & tap), Music Theory I-III, Class Piano, Singer’s Diction and Music Theatre History. Performance opportunities include music theatre, light opera, jazz, theatre, film and dance, and opportunities abound for students to build skills outside of their area of expertise.
The Bachelor of Music (BM) in Voice Performance is a professional preparatory degree program which prepares students for careers in performance, private studio teaching, or preparation for study toward advanced degrees. The program includes four years of applied Voice study; Music Theory; Operatic and Vocal History and Literature; Singer’s Diction (Italian, German and French); and Vocal Pedagogy. Performance opportunities include one fully-staged opera per year, several smaller scale workshop and community outreach performances, and solo opportunities with various chamber ensembles.
Choral Music at Jacksonville University
Under the direction of Timothy Snyder since 2010, the Jacksonville
University Choirs contribute to the cultural life of northeastern
Florida by bringing high quality and artistically polished performances
of the choral repertoire to campus, the community and the region.
The JU Choirs have performed for the American Choral Directors
Association, Beaches Fine Arts Series, Chamber Music Society of Good
Shepherd, and the Florida Music Educators Association. Notable
appearances include concerts in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, England’s
Canterbury Cathedral and numerous collaborations with the Jacksonville
There is place for all who wish to sing at JU, regardless of choral
experience or major. All interested students are encouraged to join us
in one of three main ensembles:
University Women’s Chorus - University Men’s Chorus
The University Women’s and Men’s Choruses are dedicated to the
performance of choral music drawn from a variety of genres and styles,
including classical and contemporary works, musical theatre, jazz,
collegiate Glee Club repertoire and part-songs. An emphasis is placed
on vocal development and musicianship skills. No Audition Required.
|University Women's Chorus
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A mixed ensemble of approximately 32 experienced singers selected by
annual audition, the University Singers performs a varied and
challenging repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony, Baroque
chamber music and Classical masterworks to new music by living
composers. The University Singers maintain an active performance
schedule, appearing frequently on campus, in the community and on tour.
Active chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda national honorary society in
music, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Music Entertainment Industry Students
Association, and the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference have
been established on campus. The MEISA chapter helps coordinate
activities for the JU based record label, Dolphinium Records. Music
students regularly perform in a variety of musical organizations and in
recital formats required by their curricula. Numerous ensembles with
regular rehearsals and performances provide experience for all JU
students. Association with these organizations may require an audition.