- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Loyola University New Orleans is offering a new degree for musical theater students.

Starting this fall, the College of Music and Fine Arts will offer a degree titled “Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre.”

Theater and dance professor Patrick Gendusa says he’s tried to recruit musical theater students for more than nine years. He says many turned him down because there was no degree in their specialty.

Anthony Decuir, dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts, says such students currently must either major in music and minor in theater or major in theater and minor in music.

But he says the first auditions have already been held for the new program, which he describes as a chance to combine the college’s theater and voice departments.

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