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

    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 copied 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 instruments; reeds, mouthpieces, music, etc. Greiner will not provide any equipment. Brass and woodwind players will be asked to perform 3 of the following scales: Concert Bb. Eb, Ab, F, C, or G . Students will also be asked to play the Concert Bb chromatic scale, perform one selection of their choosing and to sightread a short musical example. Percussionists will perform the flam, paradiddle, and double stroke rudiments on snare drum, perform a solo of their choosing and sightread a piece of music. Students with no instrument (band) experience (beginning band) will complete an interview and a singing exercise online and then come in for a listening test. Students need to bring in a letter of recommendation and will need to choose an instrument they might be interested in playing.

     

    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. Everything the student needs to know for the audition will be taught in the audition except for the prepared songs listed above.

     

    Dance:

    (This includes all genres: ballet, ballet folklorico, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and other cultural dance forms)

    ● Female students should dress in a solid colored leotard and tights (black leotard and pink or skin-tone ballet tights).

    ● Students’ hair will be 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 are optional. If you own ballet shoes, please wear them for the audition. Otherwise, wear socks.

    ● 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 across the floor.

    ● 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 bring a letter of recommendation from a dance, cheer or praise teacher/coach and a list of performing experiences to the audition. 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 hours.

    ● If we are provided with an email, we will make the combination available up to one week before the auditions so students can familiarize themselves with the dance phrase for the audition.

    Mariachi & Orchestra - VIRTUAL AUDITIONS ONLY:

    Students auditioning for the Mariachi or Orchestra cluster must first join our ORCHESTRA & MARIACHI AUDITIONS PAGE. Then, students will electronically submit the following:

    ● Letter of Recommendation from Music or Academic Instructor. (PDF or IMG)

    ● Audition Video (Via FlipGrid App)

    ○ EXPERIENCED APPLICANTS: Must submit 2 performance videos. Video 1: Student performing a song using their instrument and Video 2: Student sings a song using a karaoke track. Students will also submit their interview answers along with those videos.

    ○ APPLICANTS WITHOUT EXPERIENCE: Student sings a song with a karaoke track. Students will also submit their interview answers along with this video.

     

    Piano:

    Students with no experience in Piano will complete the following:

    ● Interview with student and parent/guardian (no letter of recommendation required)

    ● Candidate assessment.

     

    Students with prior experience in Piano will complete the following:

    ● Interview with student and parent/guardian (no letter of recommendation required)

    ● Candidate assessment.

    ● Audition of a memorized piece (no shorter than 2 minutes). Candidates must provide a copy of the score.

     

    Theater:

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