Music Theatre Overtures

July 21 - 26, 2019


Seventeen hand-chosen high school juniors will join the faculty 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.

Spend a week at BW and prepare for your college auditions. The BW Music Theatre faculty have jumped-started dozens of Broadway careers; let them jump-start your college career. Applicants must be current juniors planning to graduate high school in 2020.

Typical Daily Schedule

• 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
• 8:30 a.m. - Dance class
• 10:30 a.m. - Workshop class
• 1:30 p.m. - Lunch
• 2:30 p.m. - Monologue and acting classes
• 5:30 p.m. - Dinner
• Evening activities

On Wednesday evening MTO participants will attend a production at Cleveland's Playhouse Square, 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 p.m. The performance will take place in the Kulas Musical Arts Building, Fynes Hall, 96 Front Street, Berea, Ohio.


  • Victoria Bussert – MTO artistic director and music theatre workshop instructor
  • Nancy Maier - MTO music theatre workshop coach, accompanist
  • Brennan Murphy – MTO monologue instructor
  • Greg Daniels - MTO dance instructor
  • Sara Whale - MTO dance instructor


Tuition, room and board – $1,750

Tuition includes all lessons and extra-curricular events. A $100 non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany the application and will be applied toward tuition if accepted. The deposit will not be refunded. Students must register with full payment due no later than June 1, 2019. Payment plan options will be made available.

Students who choose to have their application also reviewed for the Conservatory Summer Institute (CSI) may apply their deposit toward CSI tuition. No additional deposit for CSI will be required. 

Students will be housed in the newly renovated and air-conditioned Davidson Commons. The Commons are located within close proximity to the Conservatory. MTO students will live in suite-style housing which includes units with two-person bedrooms, a shared bathroom and small common area.


Application is due March 29, 2019. 

In order to be considered, applicants must submit:

  • Completed online application
  • Recorded video audition (completed within the online application)
  • Resume (mailed to BW)
  • Current head shot (mailed to BW)
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit (mailed to BW or paid over the phone via credit card)

Auditions are required for all Music Theatre Overtures applicants. 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.

Video auditions must be filmed from the torso to the top of the head. Videos from shows will not be accepted.

Audition pieces must be uploaded to YouTube. You may choose to make your video 'public' or 'unlisted' (private videos cannot be viewed). Once uploaded, provide the link to your audition within the application. If you choose to create two videos (one for each audition piece), provide both links within the application. DVD and CD audition videos mailed to our office will NOT be accepted. Due to the selection process, all videos must be uploaded to YouTube.


A non-refundable deposit of $100 must be received before the audition is reviewed. The deposit must be postmarked by March 29, 2019. Checks should be made out to Baldwin Wallace University. Deposits may be made over the phone via credit card by contacting the Community Music School office at (440) 826-2365.

Please mail your check to:

Community Music School 
Music Theatre Overtures 
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017

Comments From Previous MTO participants:

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for the amazing week last month during overtures. I had the absolute best time of my life! Within one week, I really felt myself grow as a performer and a person. Without all of your wonderful help, there is no way that I would have been able to accomplish that. Also, I would be in no way ready for college auditions so thank you very much! I really look forward to auditioning for BW this fall!" 

"I knew this week would be a challenge, but I didn’t expect how much I’d learn and grow. I can’t imagine attempting my auditions without all of the advice and tools I received here. I’m in love with this program, but no matter where I end up going, this has been an invaluable week that helped reveal to me more of who I am as an artist and a person. Thanks for everything."

"I can’t thank you enough for the time and effort you put into teaching us at Overtures! Your hands-on method of teaching and knowledge as a director taught me each day to push myself, take risks and be ready to make changes. I now feel fully prepared and more confidant to start the process of auditioning. I still have so much I want to learn and many goals to reach, and I can’t wait to find the school that will help me reach them. Overtures has already helped me start that journey and I can’t wait to start auditioning in the fall!"

"I wanted to make sure I took the time to contact you and say 'Thanks!' for an absolutely amazing week. All in all, it showed me just how much I still need to learn, but that only made me so much more anxious to jump in head-first. If Musical Theatre school is anything like the week I just experienced, I am so ready to be submerged. College just can't come soon enough… The impression the staff left on me is HUGE… Going in, I knew I'd enjoy myself, but not nearly as much as I did. So, SO impressed."

"Thank you for making Musical Theatre Overtures such a wonderful experience for the whole group. Thank you so much for really pushing me and not accepting anything but my best. I feel much more comfortable now thinking about my college auditions after working with you. I can not wait for my audition later this year!"

Success of Past Students from the MTO 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.
  • BW Music Theatre major Hanna-Jo Weisberg '15 and 2010 MTO participant wins scholarship pageant.

Contact the Community Music School

(440) 826-2365,