• W.E. Greiner Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts

    Audition Requirements

    Visual Art:

    Students need to arrive with a collection of five to eight pieces of the student’s best original artwork and this artwork must include work from art class.  All media are acceptable in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, but no copy work can be accepted.  Students will be asked to respond to questions about their portfolio and will need to explain the work.  During the interview, students should mention any additional art experiences, or private classes taken.  Students will also discuss reasons for wanting to become a part of the Greiner Academy. Students will take their portfolio with them when finished with the audition.  During the audition, students will draw from a still-life arrangement for 30 minutes.  All supplies will be provided.  The completed drawing will be kept on file as part of the assessment record of each applicant. 

    Band:

    Students with experience must bring their own instrument, reeds, mouthpieces,  music,  etc. Greiner will not provide any equipment. Brass and woodwind players will be asked to perform 3 of the 4 following scales: Concert Bb. Eb, F, or Ab . Students will also be asked to perform one selection of their choosing and to sight read a short musical example. Percussionist will perform the flam, paradiddle, and double stroke roll rudiments on snare drum, perform a short selection on snare drum and mallets, and sight read a short musical example on either snare or mallets. Students with no instrument (band) experience (beginning band) will bring their school issued Chromebook, a letter of recommendation from their music or private lesson teacher, and a letter of recommendation from their homeroom teacher. All students will need to research and have picked three instruments they would like to play prior to arriving. On the day of the audition, students will be interviewed and given an ear training, rhythmic, and general music assessment .

    Choir:

    Students will perform either “Row, row, row your Boat” or “Are You Sleeping” at the audition acapella.  They will sing it on their own and then in a round.   The students will also be asked to sing melodic scales and perform a short sight-reading excerpt given at the audition.  Students will be evaluated on tone quality, energy, diction, phrasing, melodic accuracy, and the demonstration of proper intonation.

    Dance:

    (This includes all genres:  ballet, ballet folklorico, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and other cultural dance forms) Female students should dress in solid color leotard and tights (black leotard and pink ballet tights) with the hair neatly and securely pulled off and away from their face and neck (in a bun).  Students will not be allowed to wear dance skirts or large fitting shirts over their dance attire.  Male students should wear a black t-shirt tucked in and black traditional ballet leggings.  Ballet shoes will only be acceptable for both male and female students.  Students with Folklorico experience can bring their shoes and will be asked to demonstrate a “Zapateado”. Students will be led through a series of movement sequences in ballet.  Students will be evaluated for body alignment, balance, articulation, flexibility, strength, improvisation, and showmanship.  Students will learn short segments of choreography and perform it for the judges.  Students will also be interviewed during the audition process and should also bring a letter of recommendation from a dance, cheer or praise teacher/coach and a list of performing experiences.  If you do not have a dance teacher, then the letter may be from an academic teacher.  Please come prepared for the audition process to last at least two and half hours.   

    Mariachi:

    Students WITH experience:

    • Must bring their instrument to the audition
    • Must prepare an instrumental solo of their choosing. The most recent piece they are working on would be ideal
    • Must prepare a song to sing (any song)
    • Must sight read a short melodic exercise; the students will be given time to look at the exercise and prepare it before performing the selection
    • Will be given a series of pitches, where they will need to determine which pitch is high or low.
    • Will be given a short rhythmic exercise which they will perform by clapping
    • Will need one letter of recommendation from a music teacher or academic teacher
    • Will be interviewed

    Students WITHOUT experience:

    • Must prepare a song to sing (any song)
    • Will be given a series of pitches, where they will need to determine which pitch is high or low.
    • Will be given a short rhythmic exercise which they will perform by clapping
    • Will need one letter of recommendation from a music teacher or academic teacher
    • Will be interviewed

    Orchestra:

    Students WITH experience:

    • Must bring their instrument to the audition
    • Must prepare an instrumental solo of their choosing. The most recent piece they are working on would be ideal
    • Must prepare a song to sing (any song)
    • Must sight read a short melodic exercise; the students will be given time to look at the exercise and prepare it before performing the selection
    • Will be given a series of pitches, where they will need to determine which pitch is high or low.
    • Will be given a short rhythmic exercise which they will perform by clapping
    • Will need one letter of recommendation from a music teacher or academic teacher
    • Will be interviewed

    Students WITHOUT experience:

    • Must prepare a song to sing (any song)
    • Will be given a series of pitches, where they will need to determine which pitch is high or low.
    • Will be given a short rhythmic exercise which they will perform by clapping
    • Will need one letter of recommendation from a music teacher or academic teacher
    • Will be interviewed

    Piano:

    The piano audition will consist of a brief interview and 2 short rhythm and pitch assessments.  Students are also required to bring to the interview a recommendation letters  from a music or academic teacher. In addition, Students with prior piano instruction should be prepared to perform a memorized solo, (please provide a an original(Remove) copy of the music to the judges), the C, G, and F Major scales both hands ascending and descending by memory, and a short sight-reading piece (provided by the judges). 

    Theatre:

    Theatre auditions will begin in a group format with a vocal warmup, group introduction (slate) exercise, movement work, and theatre improvisation game. Students will then be given a monologue to prepare and read. Students may bring supplemental materials (acting resumes, letters of recommendation, headshots, technical theatre project portfolios, etc.), but supplemental materials and prior experience are not required.