The Musical Theatre BFA is a vocal-focused program through the Newcomb Department of Music. The curriculum stresses private vocal lessons and year-round participation in the musical theatre ensemble and also includes music theory, musicology, and acting and dance classes through the Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition to the one or more productions staged by the department each semester, the program is affiliated with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, an Equity festival which produces three full-scale musicals every summer. The festival regularly casts Tulane students, for whom it serves both as a professional resume builder and as a summer classroom, where they learn by performing alongside local and out-of-town professionals. Vocal training focuses on classical technique and its applications to contemporary material; graduates of the program are competent both in classical and modern repertoire and can sing in French, German, and Italian as well as English. The major culminates in a half-hour junior recital and an hour-long senior recital. Admission to the BFA program is decided by an audition, which can be conducted any time before the junior year.