45 years of excellence in musical theatre training.

CITY OF ANGELS (Spring 2016)

With a reputation for excellence in pre-professional training and a constant eye on the ever-evolving industry, the musical theatre program at Shenandoah Conservatory has become broadly recognized for extraordinary artistry and innovation.

Shenandoah Conservatory's musical theatre program was ranked in the "Top 10 Schools for Musical Theatre Majors" list published by College Magazine.

In recognition of the program’s quality and unique focus, OnStage named Shenandoah Conservatory to the “Top 10 BFA Musical Theatre Programs in the Country for 2016/17."

Pictured: AMERICAN IDIOT (Fall 2014)

Shenandoah Conservatory's BFA in musical theatre is the only program in the country dedicated to Broadway’s most popular and fastest growing genre—the pop/rock musical.

Under the tutelage of MATTHEW EDWARDS, Associate Professor of Voice, Musical Theatre Styles Specialist and Artistic Director of The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, Shenandoah is a pioneer in the training of healthy sustainable vocal techniques for contemporary musical theatre artists.

Students are immersed in a uniquely comprehensive two-year Meisner acting technique sequence of courses led by such faculty as Master Meisner Teacher and Professor of Acting, LARRY SILVERBERG.

Pictured: Cabaret (Fall 2017)

"Shenandoah Conservatory is a training program for the next generation of true MUSICAL THEATRE TRIPLE THREATS.” — Kevin Covert
CITY OF ANGELS (Spring 2016)

Students receive extensive and rigorous dance training with seasoned Broadway performers and pedagogues throughout their undergraduate coursework. Training is focused on the development of technique and stylistic execution in the areas of ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre dance.

GUYS AND DOLLS (Spring 2017)
Kevin Covert • Rick Edinger • Jacob Brent • Shylo Martinez

The program offers individual mentorship by leading industry professionals. Recent faculty hires include Broadway veterans:

  • Director of Musical Theatre; Assistant Professor of Theatre KEVIN COVERT (Spamalot, Memphis, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
  • Music Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre RICK EDINGER (Pacific Overtures)
  • Assistant Professor of Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre Styles JACOB BRENT (Cats)
  • Auxiliary Adjunct Lecturer SHYLO MARTINEZ (Wicked, Movin’ Out)

To strengthen the transition from academic to professional life, leading agents and casting directors are invited to campus during the final semester of study to provide one-on-one workshops with graduating seniors.


Shenandoah Conservatory is also home to Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT), a professional summer stock theatre entering its 35th season. With an audience reach of approximately 30,000 patrons, SSMT is one of the country’s largest campus-based summer musical theatre seasons, and employs both students and professional actors.


Shenandoah Conservatory’s alumni include numerous Broadway actors, including Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer '91, Jake Emmerling '11, Aaron Galligan-Stierle '02, Elizabeth “Beth” Green Schwartz ’86, Sara (Rusicka) King '07, Kris Koop '87, Garrett Elise Long '91, Mauricio Pérez '07, Kathy Voytko '94, Jason Wooten '96 and Laura Woyasz '98.

Pictured: Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer '91 with Aaron Tveit and Alice Ripley in Next to Normal (Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

As a community uniquely committed to rigor, nurture and innovation, Shenandoah Conservatory inspires artistic and scholarly excellence, preparing talented students for successful careers in the arts.

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Alisa Daum


Photos by C. King Photography and Shenandoah University Office of Marketing and Communications

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