Lyric Theatre

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Lyric Theatre?

Lyric Theatre is housed within our School of Music. This major combines vocal and acting training needed for the 21st century musical stage. Through our program, you'll take part in fully-staged musical and opera productions each year. You will learn how to use the body and voice in a healthy manner and how to sing many styles of music. Students choose between performance and creative concentrations. You can pick electives based on your professional interests. Students learn in a friendly, supportive environment. If you join our program, dedicated teachers and top industry professionals will instruct you. They will provide you with excellent career advice suited to your talents. With this major, you will gain opportunities to engage with the professional world.

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Choreography
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Musical theatre
  • Teaching
  • Theatre
  • Vocal performance

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898