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Audition Master Class

Audition Master Class

Preparing a Successful College Audition 

Saturday, August 10, 2019



Goodspeed’s Audition Master Class is a one-day workshop with Brent Wagner, Emeritus Chair and Professor of the acclaimed Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Wagner will guide high school students through all aspects of preparing a vocal audition for musical theatre, including analyzing music and lyrics, acting the song, selecting and preparing the music, and understanding audition techniques, particularly for college auditions. Each student will present two songs and will work individually with Professor Wagner, gaining a valuable set of audition tools and techniques for their future in musical theatre.

If you have any questions or would like to receive information about future education programs on a variety of topics, please contact Erin Coffey at 860.873.8664 x521 or ecoffey@goodspeed.org. 

Audition Master Class


For high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. Limited spaces. Financial assistance may be available.
To register, contact Elizabeth Guilbert at 860.873.8664 ext. 522 eguilbert@goodspeed.org

Application Deadline:
Monday, July 22
Final Notification of Acceptance: Friday, July 26


  • Total Tuition: $250 per Student
  • Deposit Due with Application: $75
  • Balance of $175 Due upon Acceptance


Location: The Alice Hammerstein Mathias Rehearsal Studio (20b Norwich Road, East Haddam, CT)

Schedule (Subject to Change):

9:45am Arrival and Check-In
10:00am Introduction to the College Audition Process
11:00am Individual Song Work
1:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm Individual Song Work, Continued
4:00pm Group Review
5:30pm End of Master Class
5:30pm Optional Presentation: “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs” (Parents Invited)
7:00pm End of Presentation

All students accepted into the Audition Master Class should plan to prepare two 16-bar audition cuts of musical theatre songs to present during the Individual Song Work portions of the class. Students should have the songs fully memorized and prepared to perform in order to receive individualized feedback from Professor Wagner. Each student accepted into the class will be sent additional detailed information on what and how to prepare with their acceptance notification.

Do you have a voice coach or instructor attending Professor Wagner’s Song Coaching Workshop on Sunday, August 11th? If they include your name on their application, they will get a discount on their tuition to our professional development workshop for coaches and instructors! For more information about the Song Coaching Workshop, click here.


Brent Wagner is the former Chair of the Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan, a position he held for 32 years, building the department into one of the most widely respected BFA programs in the nation. Before joining the Michigan faculty, he started the musical theatre program at Syracuse University. Professor Wagner has directed musicals and revues throughout North America, from off-Broadway in New York City to the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, and for many years he was a teacher/director at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has collaborated with lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) on numerous projects, including a new opera at the O’Neill Theater Center and the world premiere of A Wonderful Life (music by Joe Raposo). Professor Wagner holds and Arthur Thurnau Professorship at Michigan, a distinguished award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. He was recently honored by 500 current students and graduates in a concert tribute entitled “Maize and Blue on Broadway” at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.


The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

BRENT WAGNER is the Chair of the Musical Theatre Department at The University of Michigan. Before joining the Michigan faculty in 1984, he started the musical theatre program at Syracuse University.  Professor Wagner has directed musicals and revues throughout North America, from off-Broadway in New York to the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada.  He has collaborated with the Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick on numerous projects, including the world premiere of "A Wonderful Life" (music by Joe Raposo).  Among his many responsibilities, Professor Wagner directs the Senior Showcase, which is presented annually in New York City.  Professor Wagner is the recipient of an Arthur Thurnau Professorship, an award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.