Musical Theater Summer Institute

The Program

The Musical Theater program is for high school singers ages 14-18, including graduating high school seniors.

The focus of our training is to provide students with the tools to be the best singing actor they can be. Classes provide skills training in singing, dancing, acting, and how to tell a story through song. Each student receives two private voice lessons per week, in addition to other ensemble coachings. Extensive training will be provided on acting the song, which marries vocal technique with acting intentions.

Each student will also work on a 16-bar audition cut of a solo song and work with partners in duets, trios, or quartets. Dance classes will introduce vocabulary used in audition situations, and emphasize using the body rhythmically. Select pieces will be shared in a showcase on the final day of the session with other BMC students, families, and friends.

The daily schedule of classes may include:

  • musical theater and dance
  • vocal technique and style
  • acting
  • stage combat
  • sight reading and ensemble singing
  • music theory
  • yoga and mindfulness
  • masterclasses in audition techniques and the profession

A sample daily schedule can be found below. This program is led by Director Janine Hawley.

Dates and Deadlines

Program Dates: June 21 - July 13, 2024 (three weeks)
Deadline: March 15, 2024 - All spots filled for the 2024 Season
Ages: 14-18, including rising HS freshmen and graduating HS seniors
Scholarships: BMC offers both merit scholarship and financial aid support as part of the application process
Application fee: $40

We also offer a Classical intensive for high school voice and encourage students to apply to both! Please feel free to contact for assistance in applying to multiple programs.

2024 Faculty

Janine Hawley, Voice instructor and Scenes Director
Greg Walter, Voice Instructor and Coach
Mya Brown, Acting Coach
I'zaah Gray-Jones, Dance Coach

"The musical theater program was truly amazing. I learned so much in only 3 weeks and my instructors created a safe and comfortable learning environment. Each instructor truly made an impact on my life forever. These people cared so much about their students and only wanted to uplift them and see them succeed."

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00am Music Theory
9:15-9:45am Yoga/Mindfulness
10:00-11:30am Class rotation (Musical Theater Dance, Stage Combat)
11:45a-12:45pm Acting for the Camera/Private coaching rotation

1:30-2:30pm Private lesson rotation/Practice time
2:45-4:15pm Class rotation (Acting Fundamentals and Self-Taping, Leaning into the Lyrics, Audition Techniques)
4:30-5:30pm Acting a Song
5:30-5:45pm Reflection

7:00-8:30pm Musical Theater Ensembles/Master Class/Practice or free time

Weekly student recital + closing showcase

Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. Voice applicants must submit a video recording by including YouTube video link(s) in their application.

Perform two contrasting songs from memory. All selections should be sung with an accompanying piano track.

  • One from the Golden Age Musical Theater repertoire (pre-1960)
  • One written after 1960

Submissions do not have to be one continuous take; once you add one selection, the option to add another will appear. 

Tuition and Payment Schedule

The tuition for the 3-week High School Voice program is $4950, less any scholarships received. The tuition fee includes all instruction, housing, meals, on-campus health services, and concert admission. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

A non-refundable enrollment fee of $600 is due within 10 days of acceptance and applies toward the cost of tuition. The remaining tuition balance is due by May 15.


All payments, except the $40 application fee and $600 enrollment fee, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation due to serious illness before May 15. Written verification from an M.D. is required. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure. No refunds will be made after May 15.


Brevard Music Center offers scholarship support according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. In recent years, Brevard has provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students. Scholarship support includes merit, need-based, and the BMC Opportunity Scholarship open to students of Black and Latinx descent. 

Please visit the Scholarship section of our FAQ page for more information.