College Audition WORKSHOP SERIES

Grades 10-12
Recommended for students looking to audition for collegiate music/theatre programs

  • Six semi-private 3-hour classes

  • Dance Masterclass

  • Audition Masterclass with visiting guest panelists from leading collegiate performing arts programs

Tuition: $995

  • Optional pre-screen video recording session: $250

Guest Panelists:


Voice: Brent Wagner (University of Michigan)


Dance: Pauline Grossman (Catholic University)

Class Instructors: 


Acting & College Prep: Leayne Dempsey


Music Director: Steve McBride

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Dance: Emma Cooley

Class Description

An expanded college prep intensive that is a must for any student looking to learn more about auditioning for collegiate programs in Musical Theatre, Acting or Voice.

High school students considering auditioning for performing arts programs at universities or conservatories (Musical Theatre, Voice and Acting) will refine their pre-selected college audition material over six workshop classes and culminating in two final Masterclasses (one for dance and one for singing & acting).

During the Masterclasses, certain selected student participants will work one-on-one with current college musical theatre teachers on their repertoire. This is a rare opportunity for students to receive feedback on their auditions from leading college auditors and theatre professionals from institutions like University of Michigan, Penn State, and Baldwin Wallace.  

While this series is essential for the high school junior and senior, many sophomores find it useful to begin preparing and receiving audition feedback early.

For an additional fee, we offer a professional video recording session, where we will video your audition in a digital format ready to submit to performing arts programs at universities and/or conservatories.

Classes will meet the following dates:

  • Class Sessions will meet the following Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm

    • September 14, 21

    • October 5, 12, 19

  • Class will also meet on Monday, October 26 from 6:30-9:30pm

  • Dance Masterclass with Pauline Grossman (Catholic University of America)

    • Saturday, October 28 from 2:00-5:00pm

  • Voice/Acting Masterclass with Brent Wagner (University of Michigan)

    • Sunday, November 3 from 9:00am-1:30pm

  • Optional video prescreen video shoots:

    • Sunday, November 3 from 1:30-4:00pm

    • Monday, November 4 from 6:30-9:30pm

Location: YAA@HolyCross & Mansion at Strathmore (11/3)

Scroll to bottom of this page to see Class Calendar.

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Recent university panelists have included:


Victoria Bussert
Director, Music Theatre Program, Baldwin Wallace University


John Simpkins
Head, Musical Theatre, Penn State University


Patty Thom, Chair of Voice, Boston Conservatory at Berklee


Kevin Wilson, Vocal Pedagogy, Boston Conservatory at Berklee


N. Thomas Pedersen
Recent Head, Music Theatre Division, The Catholic University of America


Class Calendar