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A new act in music theatre education

2016-09-22
Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College are collaborating on a new one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Music Theatre program. This is the third joint program between the two institutions in recent years - joining the Biotechnology and the Digital Music and Bachelor of Music combined diploma and degree programs.

“We are excited to be partnering with St. Lawrence College once again. Building on the recent momentum in our arts programming at Queen’s, from opening the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, to the celebration of the Dan School of Drama and Music following a $5 million donation from Aubrey and Marla Dan this past spring, the new Music Theatre program will enable our students to explore new career paths and significantly differentiates us within Canadian university and college based us arts education,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University.

The Music Theatre program will provide students with theoretical and practical training in acting, singing and dancing, through a liberal arts lens. Industry-focused training through a two-year set curriculum at St. Lawrence College (Brockville campus) includes personalized instruction and coaching, group creative work, and basic music literacy complemented by a more interdisciplinary liberal arts approach in the final two years at Queen’s.

This demanding “triple threat” program will allow students to hone their skills by performing in front of audiences, in studio, main stage productions and in unique productions where students learn to create and produce original theatrical pieces. Students will also receive mentoring from faculty and guest industry professionals to become competent and job-ready for a competitive and rapidly-changing industry.

“This new partnership opens up an exciting new career path for St. Lawrence College students, providing both hands-on and theoretical learning that will help our graduates stay competitive in a dynamic and evolving field,” says Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College.

The official memorandum of understanding for the program will be signed by Principal Woolf and President Vollebregt during the program launch at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University on September 22 at 3pm.

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Contact:

Laura Tulchinsky,
Communications Officer, St. Lawrence College 
613-544-5400, ext. 1291 Cell: 613-329-2451
ltulchinsky@sl.on.ca

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877
or anne.craig@queensu.ca

About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 8,000 full-time students, and more than 85,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in the college’s online and continuing education courses each year. As part of its ongoing sustainability initiatives, the college boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on the Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar rooftop installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many applied research projects in progress; furthermore, the college’s Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through its employment service offices, St. Lawrence works with thousands of clients annually.

About Queen’s University

Queen’s distinguishes itself as one of the leading research-intensive institutions in Canada. The mission is to advance research excellence, leadership and innovation, as well as enhance Queen’s impact at a national and international level. Through undertaking leading-edge research, Queen’s is addressing many of the world’s greatest challenges, and developing innovative ideas and technological advances brought about by discoveries in a variety of disciplines.