AUDITION INFORMATION 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR AUDITION DATES: January 24 and January 31 AUDITION DATES: January 24 and January 31, 2015 To schedule an audition appointment: Visit our website at lasvegasacademy.net (admissions tab). Complete the application at http://magnetapp.ccsd.net prior to January 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Auditions are open to students entering grades 9, 10 and 11. Students may audition for ONE major only. Students will be evaluated in the following areas: Audition, GPA, attendance, and citizenship. Please check www.lasvegasacademy.net for updated information prior to auditions. DANCE For more information: Dance ext. 4059 E-mail: [email protected] 1. Complete online application, through your middle school counselor, at home or at the library. This helps make the audition day go smoother and quicker. Call 799-7800 x4202 to place student name on list. 2. Essay: Why is dance important to you? (100 words or less). Please bring in a handwritten essay (not typed). 3. Wear Bright Dance Wear or Fitted Fitness Wear (sweats): No one may audition for dance in street clothes. Hair: Hair must be pulled away from face and secured. Bare feet or dance shoes are allowed; (No street shoes or pointe shoes). No gum chewing. No jewelry may be worn. No food or drink - only water permitted in the building. 4. Arrive early (7:00 a.m.) on the day of auditions so there is time to get checked in and stretched on your own. 5. Master Class Participation: All students will be taught dance combinations in ballet, jazz technique, and contemporary dance. Students will be asked to perform the combination taught for the audition. Do not prepare a dance; everything will be taught at the audition. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC For more information: Orchestra ext. 4085 Band ext. 4039 1. ALL STUDENTS will need to play a prepared solo, etude, or exercise. 2. Brass/Woodwinds: Major Scales, 2 or more octaves when appropriate, in Concert Pitch: Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, G, and chromatic. Sight-reading will also be required. Students must provide a copy of their audition piece for the judge to review during the audition. 3. Percussion: Single stroke roll (slow-fast-slow), Double stroke or long roll (slow-fast-slow), Alternating Flams, Flamacues, Flam Paradiddles, Double Paradiddle, Alternating 5, 7, 9, & 17 stroke rolls. Students wishing to audition on mallet percussion will have the same requirements as Brass/Woodwinds. Timpani is optional. Sight-reading will also be required. 4. Orchestra: Students will be required to play their two best scales, two to three octaves, and play a prepared solo from string solo literature that demonstrates their ability. Go to www.lvaorchestra.com for more information. 5. Piano: Students will be required to play major scales, two or more octaves, and one memorized solo piece of repertoire from any stylistic period. Pop music is NOT acceptable. Sight-reading will also be required. 6. Guitar: Play from memory, in first position with a pick, two octave major scales in the keys of E, F and G and one octave major scales in the keys of C, Bb, D and A. Audition will include sight-reading. All students will perform the same classical piece demonstrating right-hand finger-picking style. Audition material for guitar will be posted on www.classroomguitar.com by the third week of November. Click "LVA Audition Guidelines" at the bottom of the home page. 7. Mariachi: Violin/Guitarron: Students will be required to play two of their best scales. Guitar/Vihuela: Students will be required to play the C, A, G, E, D chord forms in first position. Trumpet: Students are required to play G,F, and A, two octaves with arpeggios two octaves. All students are required to play a prepared song from mariachi literature that demonstrates their ability and a prepared vocal piece in mariachi genre. Sight-reading will also be required. JAZZ STUDIES For more information: Jazz ext. 4051 1. Brass, Winds, Guitar, Bass, and Piano memorize all TWELVE of the major scales at a TEMPO of quarter note equals 144 beats per minute. Play a chromatic scale at a TEMPO of quarter note equals 120 beats per minute in an 8th note triplet fashion. 2. Brass, Winds, Guitar, and Piano should choose between A or B below: A. Perform a standard jazz piece and solo over two choruses of changes or use the LVA Optional Jazz Audition located at www.lvajazzband.com OR B. Perform a jazz transcription of a major performer with the head and two choruses of solos. 3. Rhythm Section players will be asked to demonstrate various Latin, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban styles. 4. Drummers will be asked to trade fours and demonstrate a knowledge in brushes. 5. All auditioning students will be asked to sight-read as part of their audition. LIBERAL ARTS For more information: Liberal Arts ext. 3004 1. A language aptitude assessment is administered to all incoming students wanting entrance into the Liberal Arts Program. Arrive early (7:30) for check-in. (Testing will begin at 8:00 a.m. and can take up to 1 & 1/2 hours.) Bring two #2 pencils and an eraser. Students with prior language learning will also be required to take the examination, but will be placed at their appropriate level, including native speakers. 2. Students will submit an original project that focuses on a topic relating to the Liberal Arts or Classical Studies. The project should represent the student’s best academic work. The audition project will be completed in English; it is not necessary that the project be related to the language that the student wishes to study if accepted. The focus topic of the project is intentionally left very broad and open-ended. Upon evaluating the project, the judging panel hopes to learn about the student’s interests and academic abilities. 3. Students should be prepared to discuss/defend their projects in a group interview upon completion of the language aptitude exam. The project must be the student’s own intellectual property. Any sources must be appropriately cited. If a student is submitting a project in an electronic format, he should bring a copy on a flash drive or upload to his Google Drive. TECHNICAL THEATRE For more information: Technical Theatre ext. 5107 Visit http://lvacademytheatre.org/auditions.html and carefully read the VERY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS to follow for a successful interview. The following are general expectations for the interview process. 1. Bring at least one example of craft or art skills to the interview. This could include an art, sewing, carpentry or craft project that represents acquired skills or talents. Be prepared to present the process by which you completed this project and discuss questions provided in the theatre department pamphlet. Download pamphlet at www.lvacademytheatre.org/auditions.html. 2. Bring drafting, sewing or other portfolio, if you have one. 3. Prepare a list of theatre or art related activities in which you have participated. (Be prepared to discuss your experiences.) These experiences can include school, church and community sources. Theatre experience is not required to audition. THEATRE For more information: Theatre ext. 4055 Visit http://lvacademytheatre.org/auditions.html and carefully read the VERY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS to follow for a successful audition. The following are general expectations for the audition process. The audition consists of four components: 1. Students must prepare a 30-second memorized monologue from a published play. The theatre department provides a pamphlet containing monologues, and suggests that you perform one of them. Download pamphlet at www.lvacademytheatre.org/auditions.html. 2. Six memorized lines from the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky", included in the theatre department pamphlet, performed with as much movement and creativity as possible. 3. Students will sing 16 bars from a song of their choice that MUST be accompanied by music ("Happy Birthday" is not acceptable). CD, MP3 player, or cell phone are acceptable as accompaniment. There will be a piano provided if you wish to bring your own accompanist. An accompanist will NOT be provided. VISUAL ARTS For more information: Visual Arts ext. 5119 E-mail questions to [email protected]sd.net 1. Portfolio Review: The applicant will bring a portfolio of six to ten pieces of his/her original work to the audition. This portfolio should represent the student's BEST work. No slides or photo copies of work will be evaluated. Students should limit the number of cartoon/anime images to 2 images- only original student character designs, original anime & original cartoons will be accepted. Suggested items to include in the portfolio: still life, portraiture, and most recent artwork created for class and/or recent work generated independently. 2. Observation Test: The applicant will complete a still-life observation drawing, using pencil during the audition. Each student will be allowed up to 30 minutes to complete his/her drawing. All materials will be provided. 3. Photography: Photography Major is not open to incoming 9th and 10th graders. Students auditioning to be a photo major must have taken Photo I & Photo II and passed with a "B" or higher. Incoming 9th or 10th grade students interested in photo may bring a portfolio of drawings and photos. Students will also complete a still-life observation drawing, using pencil during the audition. Each student will be allowed up to 30 minutes to complete his/her drawing. All materials will be provided. If accepted you will then take Visual Design I and II, while taking Photo I and II, then as a junior you may audition to become a Photo Major. Incoming Juniors auditioning for photo majors will bring a portfolio of photos, and complete the still-life observation drawing. 4. Film & Video Production: The applicant will present a creative plan for a short film/video- ex. script, shot list, storyboard (series of panel drawings) specifically outlining how the finished product will look upon completion. In addition, a brief one paragraph essay detailing your specific interest in film and video production must accompany your submission. 5. Graphic Design. Animation, and Digital Illustration: Follow the portfolio review guidelines above but try to emphasize pieces if available, that show digital imagery, character animation sketches, storyboards, graphic design pieces, logos, posters, photo manipulation, etc. All pieces must be original without copyright infringement. 6. ALL STUDENTS will answer these essay questions prior to audition: 1. Why do you want to be a Visual Arts Major and attend the Las Vegas Academy? 2. Describe what makes you a creative student. For example, what makes you unique to other students? 3. You will be asked to choose one of the following areas of interest within the Visual Arts Department: Drawing & Painting, Photography, Ceramics & Sculpture, Film & Video Production, Animation, Graphic Design, or Digital Illustration. Your area of choice will help to determine your elective when you begin the four year program of study. Go to http://lvaart.com for more information. VOCAL MUSIC For more information: Vocal ext. 4150 or ext. 4153 1. Vocal Solo: Select a one (1) minute musical theater solo, art song, aria, folk, or foreign art song to show off your vocal strengths. Student must bring sheet music or accompaniment CD. An accompanist will be provided. Auditionees will not be allowed to "sing-along" with a CD. You will not be allowed to sing popular, R & B, rap, or Top 40 music. A cappella singing is not allowed. 2. Sight-reading Exam: (Rhythmic & Melodic) Sight-reading will include all note values, down to the sixteenth note. You may read on numbers, solfege or a neutral syllable. 3. Essay: A brief one paragraph essay on why you would like to come to the Academy. Please include musical goals and previous experience. Go to www.lvachoir.com for more information.
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