Jared Trudeau is the second-ever graduate of the MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre program at Penn State. Jared grew up in rural Woodstock, CT and travelled to Tufts University for his undergraduate studies, intent on becoming a doctor. During his sophomore year, he realized that he did not want to be a physician and that he had to help people through music. He performed lead roles in operas and musicals, in addition to musically directing many productions. All the while, he was teaching voice lessons. He ultimately graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Music and Psychology, being the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Department of Music as well as the Sal Soraci Prize for Excellence in Psychology. During his senior year, he wrote Belting Beauties and Soaring Sopranos: Voice Pedagogy to Address the Wide-Ranging Needs of Women in Musical Theatre, for which he received Highest Thesis Honors. While doing his research, he met Mary Saunders-Barton from Penn State, who would become his graduate mentor.