Thursday, June 18, 2009

Play and Learn - Musical Theatre/Music Direction Internships

From what I've managed to observe, I've come to this general conclusion about music directors in musical theatre: they do not follow a definite career path. Usually they are pianists who like the repertoire, play for a lot of shows, and then find themselves making the musical decisions (being a MD). If you want the process to be a little more deliberate, consider these options:

Goodspeed Musicals has a Music Direction Intensive

The Kansas City Starlight Theater in MO has a music directing internship. (Some pay)

The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts has a music direction/conducting internship. (Some pay)

The Muny in St Louis, MO has a summer music direction internship. (Some pay)

Studio BE in Chicago has a music directing internship.

The Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ has a music internship. (Some pay)

Pittsburgh CLO in PA has a summer internship in music direction. (Some pay)

Here's an article from on becoming a Broadway conductor. It has other related articles on the bottom of the page.

For those looking for actual degree programs, Shenandoah University has a
Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre Accompanying. It involves the study of jazz, conducting, arranging, instrumentation and more!

Arizona State University has a masters degree in Music Directing, also.

1 comment:

Jasmine said...

Nice Informative post it helps students in many way's. Thanks .