- All students who participate in Fine Arts receive a generous scholarship.
- Multiple fine arts scholarships are available, depending on a student’s skills and interests.
- While the majority of scholarships are awarded at Scholarship Audition & Portfolio Review Days throughout the school year, they may be awarded up until the new academic year begins.
Schedule an Audition or Art Portfolio Review
Requirements for Auditions in Dance, Drama, Music and Portfolio Reviews in the Visual Arts
Please prepare the listed requirements:
Art & Communications
- Students must provide a portfolio or samples of their work for studio, graphics, media or visual communications. Such samples may include: concept sketches, drawings, renderings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, graphic designs, web designs, mixed media, digital video, film or multimedia selections, scripts or storyboard art, etc. for consideration. The portfolio may be in the form of a book, high resolution digital images, and/or website.
- Female dancers will need both ballet slippers and pointe shoes for the audition class. All dancers are asked to have either a classical ballet variation or a prepared solo to present.
- Students auditioning for a dance minor will need to prepare a 2-minute dance solo in ballet, tap or jazz to present.
- Students auditioning in this area should plan to present a memorized, 1- to 2-minute contemporary dramatic or comic monologue, a piece from a published play or a piece from a recent forensics competition. This should be presented in your natural voice without dialects. Your audition may be presented in-person during your campus visit or ‘live’ during your virtual interview with a faculty member. Alternatively, you may present a recent, pre-recorded unit of a dramatic or comic monologue or scene which primarily features you. A secondary, contrasting contemporary monologue may also be requested by the attending faculty. Whenever possible, in-person or ‘live’ presentations are preferred.
- For technical theatre or theatrical design, students must provide a portfolio or samples of their work. Such samples may include: drawings, sketches, photos, diagrams or documents which represent their artistic skills in scenery, construction, painting, lighting, costumes, props, publicity or makeup design, as well as prompt books, production-related records or paperwork for consideration. The portfolio may be in the form of a book, CD, DVD and/or website.
- For Music Theatre virtual auditions, requirements can be found here.
Forensics or Debate
- For Forensics, students will present a 2-4 minute performance selection or cutting they have competed with previously, or similar to those used in competition.
For Debate, students will present a 3-5 minute affirmative or negative position argument section on a current topic, or similar to those used in competition.Students may present either unit in-person or via streaming video.
- A prepared solo for your voice type.
You may bring your own accompanist or one will be provided for you. Be sure to bring a copy of your music. All vocalists will audition in both vocal and choral areas.
- During the choral audition, singers will be asked to vocalize to demonstrate vocal range and quality. In addition, you will also be asked to demonstrate tonal memory and sight reading skills.
- A memorized piece from the standard classical keyboard literature.
- A representative technical work, such as a scale (3 octaves), exercise, or etude.
Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion:
- A passage from a solo, etude, or KMEA audition music.
- A piece from your band music.
- If you play in jazz band, bring KMEA audition music or a piece from your jazz folder.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Double Bass:
- One major and one minor scale of your choice (for people who intend to major in music: 3 octaves for violin/viola/cello, 2 octaves for bass)
- A solo work of your choice
- An etude or an orchestral excerpt, e.g. from a youth symphony audition or KMEA/District orchestra audition (optional)
- Walking Bb and F blues changes
- Solo over Bb or F blues changes
- One standard jazz piece of your choice from the following list:
- All Blues, All the Things You Are, Days of Wine and Roses, Green Dolphin Street, How High the Moon, Just Friends, Satin Doll, So What, Take the A Train, There Will Never Be Another You
Please plan to play the head and walk changes (music will be provided by the bass teacher upon request).
- Reading music in open position
- Open position chords
- Barre chords
- Jazz chords
- A piece in any style/genre that demonstrates technical ability