he Musical Theatre Program at the University of Miami's Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, one of the first in the United States, continues to serve as a model for others around the country. A well-rounded program, encompassing dance, singing, and acting, it prepares today's students to compete as "triple threat performers."
Professional training in musical theatre is structured in a conservatory format that assures students of intensive classes in acting, singing, voice/diction, movement, and dance. The goal of this highly competitive, interdisciplinary curriculum, developed in conjunction with the College of Arts and Science's Department of Theatre Arts, is to prepare students for professional performance careers - not only on the musical stage, but in non-musical/dramatical theatre as well. Enhancing the program is a sequence of integrated classes in dance and movement, embracing all of the movement forms and dance techniques needed for a successful career in theatre. Each student is offered a variety of performance opportunities every semester, through a wide-ranging repertoire of plays and musicals offered at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre in Coral Gables.
In addition to the conservatory courses, students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree take courses in piano, music theory, and music history. Advanced theatre arts courses may be taken as electives.
The School's Musical Theatre program offers access to the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews American Musical Theatre Archive, located in the Richter Library. This unique archive is one of the largest collections of musical theatre materials ever assembled. This comprehensive archive includes more than 1,000 published and unpublished vocal scores, 15,000 LPs, 500 CDs; more than 3,000 playbills, programs and reference books; and an extensive collection of sheet music.
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Keith Buterbaugh performed the role of Raoul on Broadway's Phantom of the Opera