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3-Week High School Musical Theater Program

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Session dates: July 3rd - 25th

Cost: $4,500 (includes tuition, room & board)

Audition required: Yes, audition is required for all high school programs. See "Audition Requirements" below for audition details.

Age range: This program is recommended for students who are currently in the 9th–12th grade. Seniors who have been accepted into OCU are also welcome to attend without auditioning; they must, however, meet all additional admission requirements.

Audition submissions will be accepted by mail and email beginning December 1st, 2020.

For questions, please contact our office at or call (405) 208-5410


Oklahoma City University is world-renowned as a leader in musical theater education for its demanding and professional vocal training, producing award-winning vocalists such as Metropolitan Opera legend Leona Mitchell, Chris Merrit, Marquita Lister, Sarah Coburn, and Broadway superstars Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara. The High School Musical Theater Program is an extension of the acclaimed OCU musical theater degree program. Under the direction of Dr. David Herendeen, students from across the United States and around the world participate in a demanding pre-college intensive, overcoming performance challenges through rigorous classroom training and on-stage experience.


Our 3-Week High School Music Theater Program is an extension of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music’s Music Theater Degree. This experience is meant to give high school students the true OCU college experience as students participate in daily classes, masterclasses, and rehearsals.

Our intense daily curriculum includes mornings (9am - noon) spent in the classroom with a demanding pre-college curriculum of dance, voice practicum, and acting. Afternoons (2 - 5pm) feature studio classes with OCU voice faculty as well as master classes with Bass School of Music faculty and special guests. Master class topics include audition preparation, vocal health, music theater repertoire, monologue preparation, or voice master classes. Evenings (7–10pm) are reserved for rehearsals for the final production. On Saturday mornings, students get the chance to select their schedule with our "Saturday Electives," featuring such classes as tap, stage combat, yoga, and performance career preparation.

If you are a rising Junior or Senior you might want to consider our “OCU Pre-College Intensive” where students will receive one-on-one training and diagnostic feedback from our full-time professors as you prepare for the demanding college audition process.

You can apply to and attend one or both programs.


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To apply, please click here to go to our partner organization, Acceptd. Once you are registered with, simply create your profile and Acceptd will walk you through the application process. This will include uploading your headshot, resume, and audition(click here for audition requirements). A $50 application fee is required to submit your summer application.

Don't worry if you have little or no previous experience: Applications are processed based on the merits and personality shown in your audition.

High School Musical Theater Program performance



Students who submit an application by January 20th, 2021 receive 15% off their entire tuition. Early application also provides financial aid consideration for qualified students.


To be considered for financial aid, simply complete the financial portion on the application form at Please note that financial aid is limited and not guaranteed. Early application is suggested. Please see APPLICATION DEADLINES below for submission deadlines.


OKCU Summer Music is pleased to offer a $150 scholarship to students selected to participate in their state's honor choir (All-State). Documented proof of participation/award required. See Tuition and Policies for details.

High School Musical Theater Program performance


  • Two songs from the musical theater repertoire – one pre-1970 musical theater selection and one of your choice. Neither song should exceed three minutes.
  • Due to Covid 19 restrictions we will allow pre-recorded accompaniments. Please check your sound balance to make sure we can hear both you and your accompaniment. Whenever possible, we prefer live piano accompaniment.
  • Auditions should not be recorded using reverb enhancement or any pitch altering technology. If pitch altering or enhancement is suspected a new recording will be requested.
  • A theatrical monologue. Monologues should not exceed 1 minute.


  • Recordings of live stage performances/shows are not acceptable.

High School Musical Theater Program performance


First Admission Deadline: January 20th

Students who audition live or submit an audition by this date will be notified of their admission status by January 31st.

Second Admission Deadline: February 15th

Students who audition live or submit an audition by this date will be notified of their admission status by February 28th.

Third Admission Deadline: March 20th

Students who audition live or submit an audition by this date will be notified of their admission status by March 27th.

Following the third deadline, admission will be ongoing if space is available.

High School Musical Theater Program performance