Track the success of students from the Summer Music Theatre Overtures program. 2008 MTO and 2013 BW Music Theatre grads Sophie Brown, James Penca, Mack Shirilla and Jude McCormick are featured in this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Baldwin Wallace = Broadway Worthy; when Victoria Bussert's students hit New York, they don't just show up, they stand out
Music Theatre Overtures
2014 Dates TBD
Audition materials required
Application deadline: April 1
Fifteen hand-chosen high school juniors will join Victoria Bussert, director of BW's nationally recognized Music Theatre program, for an intensive week of training including: private voice lessons; daily workshop, and monologue and dance classes.
Under Bussert's direction, BW's Music Theatre program has grown to be highly recognized; currently there are over 15 BW graduates starring in Broadway and National Touring productions. Baldwin Wallace was selected as one of six pre-release pilot productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Legendary Musical The Phantom of the Opera by The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. BW's production played to sold out audiences with more than 6,000 patrons seeing the musical during its 12-performance run.
Spend a week at BW and prepare for your college auditions! Vicky Bussert has jumped-started dozens of Broadway careers; let her jump-start your college career! Applicants must be current juniors, planning to graduate high school in 2015.
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Comments From 2012 MTO participants:
Typical Daily Schedule
|8:30 am||Dance Class with Greg Daniels|
|10:30 am||Workshop Class with Victoria Bussert & Steven Gross|
|2:30 pm||Monologue Class with Scott Plate
(Tuesday & Thursday)
|2:30 pm||Private Voice Lessons with a member of BW's Voice Faculty (Monday & Wednesday -- two 45-minute private lessons)|
Wednesday evening MTO participants will attend Lion King at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare, the nation's second largest performing arts complex.
On Friday afternoon, parents, friends and family are invited to attend a short performance showcasing each of the participants at 2:00 pm. The performance will take place in the Kulas Musical Arts Building, Chamber Music Hall, 96 Front Street, Berea, Ohio.
Fees for 2013
Tuition, room and board -- $1250
Tuition includes all lessons and extra-curricular events. A $200 tuition deposit must accompany the application and will be applied toward tuition. The deposit will be refunded for those students not admitted to the program. The deposit is non-refundable to those accepted to the program. Payment in full is due by May 10 and no refunds will be made after that date.
Video auditions are required for all Music Theatre Overtures applicants. Audition videos must be uploaded to http://digitalaudition.bw.edu. The audition should include: two memorized 32-bar selections, one each from a ballad and an up-tempo, all from the music theatre repertoire AND one age appropriate monologue from either classical or contemporary drama, not to exceed one minute in length. The 32-bar selections must be accompanied. Including full songs is not acceptable; 32-bar cuts are required. The audition materials must be uploaded and your application and deposit postmarked by April 1, 2014 in order to be considered for participation in Overtures. Applications will be avaliable January, 2014.
Students will reside in Kohler Hall located just across the lawn from the Conservatory and within a short walk of the Student Union where meals will be served.
Victoria Bussert, Director of BW's Music Theatre program, Artistic Director of Music Theatre Overtures and MTO Music Theatre Workshop instructor
Scott Plate, Department Chair of BW's Music Theatre Department and MTO monologue class instructor
Nancy Maier, Interim Music Director of the BW Music Theatre program and MTO Music Theatre Workshop coach / accompanist
Greg Daniels, Dance Faculty member and MTO dance instructor
BW Voice Faculty members & MTO voice teachers: