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Welcome to CU Boulder's brand new Musical Theatre program!

The College of Music is proud to announce a new Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Degree beginning in the Fall Semester of 2019. 

Designed to train young singing artists who are pursuing a career in musical theatre, we offer an immersive four-year program of study in voice, acting and dance that will enable our students to confidently enter the professional theatre world upon obtaining their degree. The program is not only focused on theatre arts, but on the core musicianship skills today’s musical theatre artists need in theory, history and keyboard arts in order to be a successful and well-rounded singing actor and musician. 

A variety of classes are offered and taught in conjunction with the Department of Theatre & Dance, offering a unique opportunity to work with an array of professional theatre artists and professors. The collaborative spirit at the College of Music allows our musical theatre students to experience exposure to an array of music and performance opportunities in addition to productions produced by the Musical Theatre area: multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, Eklund Opera Program productions, CU NOW productions, student recitals and scenes programs are all open to musical theatre students. Students are also eligible to audition for productions produced by the Department of Theatre & Dance.

Performance opportunities are abundant and innovative, with productions in both fall and spring semesters.

Degrees offered:

  • BM Musical Theater

matthew chellisMatthew Chellis

Matthew Chellis is considered one of America’s most versatile singing actors.  He has appeared with opera companies, orchestras and theatre companies in North and South America and Europe. Chellis has sung over twenty principal roles with New York City Opera and sung with Washington National Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Bogata, and Calgary Opera to name a few. Concert performances include numerous appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall. Mr. Chellis has taught at New York University and Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts prior to his appointment at UC Boulder.  He is the founder and executive director of the Up North Vocal Institute – an intensive four week vocal training program located in northern Michigan. Read Mr. Chellis' full bio.