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VPAA Audition Requirements
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Dance Strand

Dance auditions will require applicants to attend a session that will involve the following:

  1. Performance in a portion of both a Ballet and Modern dance class. Exercise examples per class:
    • Ballet: barre, center, adagio, and petite allegro.
    • Modern: center exercises, across the floor combinations, and final combination.
  2. Applicants will be interviewed in any combination of the following types of topics:
    • Dance training (what disciplines have been studied and where), goals and ambitions (dance-related or otherwise), reasons for applying, influences, strengths and areas of improvement.
  3. In addition to the class audition, applicants must bring a prepared solo, in length between 1-1.5 minutes. This piece may be choreographed by the applicant or by a dance teacher.  The solo should demonstrate his or her strongest genre of dance and strengths as a dancer.
  4. Dance attire requirements:
    • Ladies: solid colored leotard, convertible tights, hair pulled securely back in a bun; no jewelry is to be worn.
    • Gentlemen: white, fitted T-shirt or tank top, black convertible tights or solid black jazz pants.
    • Applicants should present themselves as professionally as possible in their dance attire; no costume to be worn during the solo performance.
  5. Music Requirements:
    • Equipment to play from any AUX portal will be provided; Bluetooth accessible as well. Personal cell phones or mp3 players are suggested; CD’s will also be accepted.
    • Music should be cued and cut appropriately before arrival.

Instrumental Music Strand

Instrumental auditions will require applicants to attend a session that will involve the following:

  1. Woodwinds, Brass, Strings:
    • Students will be asked to play two major scales, their chromatic scale (winds/brass/percussion instruments only), sight reading, perform a prepared piece, followed by a short interview. All range, rhythms, and tempo requirements are taken from the latest VBODA II Junior District specifications. Prepared solo must come from the VBODA Music List, minimum level 3, or the most recent Junior District prepared piece.
  2. Percussion:
    • Students will be asked to play two major scales, their chromatic scale, three snare rudiments, sight reading, perform a prepared piece, followed by a short interview. The audition is broken into two areas of technique, mallet and snare drum. All range, rhythm, and tempo requirements are based on the latest VBODA II Junior District requirements. Sight reading will incorporate both mallets and snare drum. A prepared solo must come from the VBODA Music List, minimum level 3, and does not need to incorporate both mallets and snare drum. Students may also use the most recent Junior District prepared piece (ignoring any Timpani sections).
    • Mallets: Students will be asked to play two major scales and their chromatic scale
    •  Snare Drum: Students will be asked to perform three rudiments from the Percussive Arts Society “40 Rudiments”
  3. Piano (Secondary instrument only)
    • Students will be asked to play two major scales (two octaves, hands together, parallel motion), their chromatic scale (C to C, two octaves, hands together, parallel motion), a harmonic progression (I-IV-I-V7-I) in three keys, and a sight reading piece. Prepared solos must come from the ABSRM or RCM exam lists, minimum Grade 3 (see above for links to list).
  4. Guitar (Secondary instrument only)
    • Students will be asked to play various scales and patterns (major scale, minor pentatonic, “Blues” scale) using the full range of the instrument, starting on the 6th string. In addition, students will be asked to play various chord shapes including 1st position “CAGED” shapes, and Barre chords on the E and A strings. Students will be asked to read a sight reading piece which incorporates written notation and lead sheet style examples. A prepared solo must come from ABRSM or RCM exam lists, minimum Grade 3.

Theatre Strand

Theatre auditions will require applicants to attend a session that will involve a group warm-up, followed by participation in smaller breakout sessions that include:

  1. 1 minute Monologue Presentation:
    • Students will perform a monologue, not to exceed one minute in length. Monologues should come from a published play, be age-appropriate, and be fully memorized. Monologues should not be poetry, be taken from movies or TV, be from a Shakespeare play, involve use of costumes, props, or sets, or involve the use of an accent.
  2. Theatre Exercises and Ensemble:
    • Students will take part in small group theatre exercises that explore the skills necessary for effective ensemble presentation.
  3. Scene Work
    • Students will perform a short scene with a current Academy Theatre student, with time provided for preparation.
  4. Applicants’ attire should be appropriate for auditions, but should not restrict full range of movement necessary for warm-ups and theatre exercises.
    • Girls - no high heels, tight or short skirts/dresses.
    • Boys - no oversized or extremely loose clothing, no baggy/saggy pants.

Visual Arts Strand

Visual Arts auditions will require applicants to attend a session that will involve the following:

  1. The student should bring a minimum of 5 pieces of artwork to the audition.  A maximum of 20 is allowed.
    • Still-life - One of the minimum 5 student artworks must be a recent still-life drawing.  This can be accomplished by picking a variety of objects from around your home, placing them in an interesting arrangement and drawing the still-life using pencil on an 8½” x 11” sheet of plain white paper.  This drawing will be collected and retained for scoring.
    • Areas of Evaluation: Design Fundamentals, Perception, Elaboration, and Applications of the Elements of Art.
  2. Portfolio - It is highly recommended, not required, that within the minimum of 5 student artworks a wide range of artwork is represented.

For example:

  1. Required still-life
  2. Painting
  3. Mixed-media artwork (papermaking, collage, wood and string)
  4. Ceramic sculpture
  5. Creative drawing
  6. Areas of Evaluation: Range of Media Use and Ability, Design Elements, Experimentation, and Artwork Content and Concept.
  7. Also, while attending the scheduled audition the student will complete a Creativity Assignment and an Interview.
    • Creativity Assignment - Imaginary Drawing – Areas of Evaluation: Originality, Elements of Art, Design Fundamentals, and Elaboration of Ideas.
    • Interview (verbal discussion) – Areas of Evaluation: Range of Interest, Motivation/Work Ethic, Visual Arts Knowledge and Vocabulary Usage, and Communication of Ideas through Discussion.

Vocal Music Strand

Vocal Music auditions will require applicants to attend a session that will involve the following:

  1. Perform one (1) prepared selection of appropriate genre, 2-3 minutes.
    • The Academy will provide a piano accompanist for all vocal applicants; however, vocalists may provide their own accompanists if they wish. Vocalists should not perform unaccompanied.
    •  The use of taped accompaniment is allowed; however, any recorded accompaniment may not include the lead vocal line (please use karaoke-style CDs).
    • Memorization of the music will not be required, though it is recommended.
    • Applicants must furnish three original sets of music (no photocopies): one for each of the adjudicators, and one for accompanist use during the audition. IMPORTANT: Xeroxed copies of copyrighted music are in violation of federal copyright law and will not be accepted for audition use. Listed below are online sites where sheet may be legally purchased, downloaded, and printed for a small fee: www.sheetmusicplus.comwww.sheetmusicdirect.uswww.sheetmusicscore.comwww.onlinesheetmusic.com,http://www.free-scores.com/index_uk.php3
    • The repertoire should be set at a medium level of difficulty or higher.
    •  Vocalists should select audition material from the following genres:
      • Art Song (standard recital literature), Opera, Folk, Gospel/Spiritual, Vocal Jazz, or standard Broadway/movie/musical.
      • Any variety of “pop” music (rock, rap, hip-hop, R&B, etc.) is not appropriate for a formal audition.
  2. Perform a brief sight-reading exercise and complete a series of vocal scales to determine voice range.
    • Vocalists will be judged on vocal and breathing technique, interpretation, tone quality, intonation, musical effect, sight-reading and diction.
  3. Academy auditions are NOT “blind” auditions. Students should understand that attire, posture, facial expression, and professionalism in performance are all components of the overall audition score.
  4. Applicants will be asked questions with reference to their art form and their interests in belonging to the Vocal Strand of the Visual & Performing Arts Academy.