Enrollment

In addition to assessing your aptitude for the arts, our enrollment process judges your ability to follow instructions, to present yourself well and to describe your interest in the arts. Think of it as your first job interview! We want to get to know you and give you a chance to show us what you do.

Each area of the arts requires different preparation for the audition or evaluation.  Please review this information carefully. If you are interested in studying in multiple arts areas, you will need to complete the audition/evaluation for each area unless otherwise indicated.

Enrollment evaluations are conducted for the following: dance, literary arts, instrumental music, vocal music, digital arts, studio arts, technical theatre, theatre, musical theatre.

Before your enrollment evaluation is scheduled, you will receive additional information and tips on how to best prepare, so don’t be intimidated by these guidelines.

Literary Arts

Prepare one collection of your best works. You can submit your work as a link to an online portfolio, a hard copy in a folder or binder, or on a thumb drive that you will leave with your evaluators. Your portfolio should include at least one collection from the following list:

  • Five original poems
  • Two short stories, essays or other examples of prose
  • One excerpt from a longer work of fiction (at least 10-12 pages)
  • One short story and three original poems

Vocal Music

You will be expected to perform a 3-5 minute solo. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators.  Please note:

  • An accompanist will be provided, if needed. When you schedule your evaluation, please inform us that you will need an accompanist
  • No recorded accompaniment will be accepted

Instrumental Music

You will be expected to perform on your instrument of choice (you must bring your own).  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators.  Prepare to do the following:

  • Demonstrate 2 major scales
  • Perform a solo or a work 3-5 minutes in length

Digital Arts

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format (thumb drive, cd, dvd) that you will leave with your evaluators or provide a link to an online portfolio. Evaluations won’t be completed without a portfolio submission.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators. Portfolios should include at least two selections from the following list, in any combination:

  • 3 to 5 minutes of a video on which you worked as a camera operator or editor
  • 3 to 5 minutes of an audio file on which you worked in a technical capacity-not as a musician
  • 6 to 10 photographs
  • 6 to 10 graphic designs/elements such as logos, posters, designs
  • A 150 to 200 word critique about a movie or television show.  Write about a specific technical element of the piece.  For example, you could select the lighting, direction, editing or audio engineering.  This critique should also cover the concepts and styles of the movie or show and why you selected this example. Any work you review must be PG or G rated.

Studio Arts

Prepare a collection of your best works. A digital format (thumb drive, cd, dvd, or link to an online portfolio) that you will leave with your evaluators is required; however if you want to bring in a work sample of something large because it presents better that way, like a sculpture or large sketchbook, that is permitted. Whatever you bring in should also be represented by a photograph in your digital portfolio. Evaluations won’t be completed without a portfolio submission.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators. Portfolios should include at least two selections from the following list, in any combination:

  • 6 to 10 photographs
  • 6 to 10 graphic designs/elements (logos, posters, designs)
  • 8 to 10 sketches
  • 2 to 3 paintings
  • 2 to 3 other works, like sculpture or mixed media

Dance

You will be scheduled to attend a two hour dance class where you will learn a combination. At the end of the class, you will perform it for your evaluation. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators. How to prepare:

  • Bring any forms of dance shoes you can – ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, etc.
  • Wear proper dance clothes if you have them –  females wear black leotard, pink tights, hair in tight bun. Males wear jazz pants or tights and a white t-shirt. No jewelry.
  • If you do not have dance clothes, shoes, etc. wear sneakers and clothes that you can move in easily.

Theatre

You will be expected to perform a memorized monologue.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators.  Prepare a monologue as follows:

  • Length should be one minute.
  • Style can be comedy or drama.
  • Selection must be from a play (not from a movie or a book of monologues).
  • The character should be age-appropriate.

Technical Theatre

You will be expected to present evidence of participation in technical theatre either at your school or a local theatre. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators, so prepared to discuss why you are interested in studying technical theatre. Please bring the following:

  • Any examples of your work in technical theatre (this may be programs, work samples, letters from supervisors, photographs)
  • A portfolio of your work if you have one

Musical Theatre

You will be expected to perform a monologue, give a vocal performance, and be evaluated in dance. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators.  Prepare as follows:

  • Prepare a one minute monologue as directed in the Theatre evaluation notes.
  • Prepare for the dance evaluation as directed in the Dance evaluation notes.
  • Select 32 bars of a Broadway standard song for your vocal evaluation.
  • Please bring sheet music to your evaluation.  No recorded accompaniment will be accepted.