Pinellas County Center for the Arts

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Audition Information

How to Apply to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts

Late Application Process for PCCA

  • Late Applications begin on March 16, 2015.
  • Please go to www.reservation.pcsb.org to apply with a parent portal.
  • Parents need a parent portal account to do an application.
  • Once a late application is entered by the parent, we will send you an audition card with the date and time of your audition.
Please note: NO AUDITIONS WILL BE SET UP WITHOUT PROOF OF A LATE APPLICATION.


At-A-Glance:

APPLICATION PERIOD

January 7-16, 2015

ONLINE ONLY at: www.reservation.pcsb.org

Students may apply for more than one arts area, but no more than three auditions are possible.


AUDITION PERIOD

Auditions are required for all arts areas

Audition Dates are January 17-31, 2015

Audition notices will be mailed upon submission of online application.


ACCEPTANCE PERIOD

February 4-11, 2015

ONLINE ONLY at: www.reservation.pcsb.org


  • Obtain a Parent PORTAL User ID and Password before you apply. If you already have a PORTAL ID and Password it is not necessary to get another. If you do not already have a PORTAL User ID and Password, you must go to a nearby school and ask to get one. You must bring photo ID with you.
  • Apply online after March 31 using your PORTAL User ID and Password through the Student Reservation System (SRS) on the district website, www.reservation.pcsb.org. Students may apply for more than one Arts Area but no more than three.
  • The Pinellas County Center for the Arts offers the following majors:
  • Dance
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Performance Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Technical Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Audition: Once you have applied through the Student Reservation System (SRS), you will be notified by mail with a date and time for your student to audition for the programs you have selected. You may apply for more than one program; however your student must do an audition for each program they apply for. Auditions will be held in January and February during the regular application period, however late auditions are held at various times throughout the year. Please contact the PCCA office for late audition information.


For more information please contact the PCCA office at 893-5452 Ext. 2029 or 2031. You may also email us at giannottif@pcsb.org.

SCHOOL TOUR AND SHADOWING DATES ARE AVAILABLE.

To schedule, please contact Francine Giannotti at 727-893-5452, ext. 2029


Dance

A formal audition is required for admissions for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts Dance Department. The entrance audition has two major components.

Part I: Pre Audition Procedure

  • County Application Process
  • Solo Preparation (not to exceed two minutes)
  • Resume/Biography

Part II: Audition Date

  • Audition Check In and Orientation Meeting 
  • Introduction to the Dance Department, Organization for the Dance Audition, Audition Paperwork
  • Ballet Audition Class
  • Modern Contemporary Audition Class
  • Solo Performance and Interview

All dancers should be prepared to perform a solo dance or variation of their choice, not to exceed two minutes. The choreography may be your own or by someone else. Dancers should bring a CD if they wish to use musical accompaniment.

Other important information:

  • Observation and Recording is not permitted during the audition.
  • Proper dancewear is expected for auditions:
  • Women for Ballet - We recommend that female applicants wear black leotards and black or pink convertible tights for the audition. Ballet slippers and pointe shoes (if pointe work is performed) Hair in a bun.
  • Men for Ballet - Male students should wear black tights with feet and a white t-shirt. White socks and black ballet shoes should be worn.
  • Modern Contemporary: Close-fitting appropriate dancewear, bare feet

Note:  If you do not have a leotard and tights, shorts and a tight fitting t-shirt are acceptable. Please remove all jewelry and wear your hair up and off the neck. The judges must be able to see the body’s line, so please do not wear baggy sweats and oversized t-shirts. Please wear your dance clothes under your street clothes, to allow time for application paperwork and activities prior to your audition dance class.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Talent 
  • Level of Training
  • Musicality

Music

Instrumental Music

The audition for instrumental music consists of the following:

  • Woodwind/Brass/String Instruments
  • Percussion
  • Piano

Band & String Instruments

  • If you play a “band” instrument, prepare a solo from the FBA Solo and Ensemble list.  A grade 3 (or higher) solo is sufficient.  String players should prepare a piece of quality literature by a name composer. All instrumentalists should avoid pop or show tunes, or parts from their band or orchestra music.  Please do not bring an accompanist.  If you have a solo that you have played or are working on from Solo and Ensemble Festival, you may play that.  At your audition the judges will probably not listen to the whole solo, and they may have you skip to different spots within it. Please bring an extra copy for the judges to look at.
  • You will also be asked to play 2 major scales.  Band instruments will play from the following group of concert pitch scales: Ab, Eb, Bb, F, and C. String instruments will play from this group: F, C, G, D, and A.
  • The playing portion of the audition concludes with sight reading.  This is typically an 8 measure piece of moderate difficulty.
  • Finally, the judges will do a short interview with you in which they will ask a few questions about, for example, your artistic drive, whether or not you take private lessons, etc.

Percussion
For your solo piece, you may play an FBA Solo and Ensemble piece on either snare, mallets, or timpani.  Your sight reading will consist of a short snare excerpt.  In addition, percussionists will be asked to tune the timpani to a note given from the piano.

Piano
Prepare two contrasting selections from the following books:  “First Lesson in Bach” – Schirmer Edition, “Sonatina Album” – Schirmer Ed., “Preludes” by Chopin, “Album for the Young” by Schumann, “Piano in Progress” by Tansman,  “24 Pieces for Children” Opus 39 by Kabalevsky.  For scales you will be asked to play two, hands separate, 2 octaves, from the following list: D, G, C, F and Bb. 

Vocal Music

The Vocal Music audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

Prepared Selection:
One prepared selection is required for the audition.  This selection should be an art song, folk song, sacred song or spiritual.  If you are participating in FVA Solo and Ensemble MPA, we encourage you to use this song for your audition.  Songs may be in a foreign language, but it is not required.

Some examples of suggested songs:

  • Amazing Grace, arranged by Jay Althouse (from Folk Songs for Solo Singers, vol. 1, published by Alfred)
  • All Through the Night, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram (from Folk Songs for Solo Singers, vol. 2, published by Alfred)
  • Caro Mio Ben by Giuseppe Giordani (from Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, published by G. Schirmer)

Most middle school choral teachers have access to these books and other appropriate selections.

Pop music is not recommended for this audition. We strongly discourage a cappella auditions or singing with a prerecorded accompaniment track. An accompanist will be provided for the audition so please have copies of your music available for them. While it is preferred, the selestion does not need to be memorized.

If you have difficulty obtaining an appropriate audition song or have any other questions about the audition, Please contact Derek Weston, Director of Choral Studies, at [email protected]

Theater

Audition Process

Interested students must submit an application and successfully complete an audition for participation in the Center for the Arts Program. A professionally qualified audition committee will review each application based on an audition and/or portforlio, personal interview and any recommendations by arts area teachers.  Students without extensive formal training who demonstrate obvious talent will be given full consideration for admission to the program.

To insure a successful audition, it is very important that all students note the following;  previous report cards are required, if an audition requirement states that material be memorized, it must be fully memorized.  No exceptions are made.  Your arts area teacher in middle school or any person you believe knowledgeable is able to assist you in material selection and preparation for the audition.  Should you need further assistance please call the PCCA program for advice (Phone (727) 893-5452).

  • Your local library, bookstore, and the internet are excellent sources for audition information and material.

Performance Theatre

The Performance Theatre audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

  1. The student should memorize two monologues for their audition (two minutes maximum per piece).  The monologues must come from published one, two, or more act plays.  (Make certain that the book credits the monologue as having come from an actual play.)  The characters portrayed should be of contrasting nature and the material should be appropriate to the students experience and understanding.  Two good examples for women would be Bonnie from What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney and Millie from William Inge’s Picnic.  For men an excellent audition might consist of a monologue of Eugene’s from Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon and one from Our Town as George.  All of these are examples of auditions, you should take a look at these plays and get a better idea of what is required.  Monologue books are a good resource for material but you should read the entire play from which the monologue originates to completely understand its context.  What is important is for us to see you attempt to make your characters different, one from the other, physically, vocally, and emotionally.
  1. Students should also prepare a one minute pantomime which tells a story.  Only one chair may be used.
  1. Applicants will participate in a class of directed movement exercises and are requested to wear suitable clothes and shoes.

Note: Performance material must be memorized.  Original monologues, written by the student or prose and poetry (i.e., works of writers such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.) are not acceptable.

Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:


    The student should prepare two musical selections:

        Sixteen bars (up to 40 seconds) of an up-tempo song (from a Broadway Musical) and,

        Sixteen bars ( up to 40 seconds) of a ballad (from a Broadway Musical)


    Applicants will participate in a class of directed movement exercises and are requested to wear suitable clothes and shoes.

    The student should prepare one monologue (two minutes maximum).  The monologue must come from published one, two, or more act plays.  (Make certain that the book credits the monologue as having come from an actual play.)  The characters portrayed should be appropriate to the students experience and understanding.  Good examples for women would be Bonnie from What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney and Millie from William Inge’s Picnic.  For men an excellent audition might consist of a monologue of Eugene’s from Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon or one from Our Town as George.  All of these are examples of auditions, you should take a look at these plays and get a better idea of what is required.  Monologue books are a good resource for material but you should read the entire play from which the monologue originates to completely understand its context.  What is important is for us to see you attempt to make your characters stand out one physically, vocally, and emotionally.

Note: Students must have copies of the material to be performed.  Music should be clearly copied and contained in a three ring binder.  An accompanist will be provided. No pre-recorded music or accapella singing will be permitted. Performance material must be memorized. Original monologues, written by the student or prose and poetry (i.e., works of writers such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.) are not acceptable.

Technical Theater

The Technical theatre audition will include an interview, assessment of the students portfolio and a workshop on the morning of their audition.

Students auditioning for Technical Theatre need to bring a portfolio of the following drawings:

  • A drawing of a household appliance showing highlight and shadow
  • A drawing of a piece of draped fabric showing folds and texture
  • A drawing of the corner of your bedroom. 

These drawings should be as detailed as possible.

Portfolios should include your full name, address, phone number, school age and grade. All work submitted should be neat and in presentable order.

Students should bring other examples of their art and craft work as well as photographs of any large projects they have worked on. If auditioning for visual arts as well, students should bring the work they have prepared for their art audition. Aditional work might include photographs of production work, construction or project work, drawing or sketches which demonstrate any past technical theatre experience, drafting or graphic layout work.

Visual Art
The Visual Arts audition will include an interview with the student, the portfolio and on-site audition.
Portfolio
Your full name, address, phone number, school and grade should be printed on all work submitted
in the portfolio. The portfolio should contain a maximum of 6 pieces of art work.
A. Required work:
1. Drawing of shoes
2. Self-portrait from a mirror
3. Still life of 3 or more objects from observation.
B. Additional Work:
Not more than three additional pieces of original art work that best demonstrates the student’s abilities. These may include twoand three-dimensional works. Works created prior to middle school should not be included.
C: On-site Audition:
Students will be given a studio assignment during the audition with materials provided.
D: Transcripts: Your most current transcript or report card with attendance & discipline records.