Audition Information

Nominations for the 2021/22 school year are closed.

Nominations for the 2022/23 school year wil open in mid February.


Any student who wishes to audition must have a completed nomination form which will be posted on this website from February 1st to April 1st. The nomination form may be completed by a teacher, parent, or the student. A separate nomination form must be filled out for each area in which the student is applying. The students will then be scheduled for an audition in mid to late May.

Each discipline holds auditions that are appropriate for that particular art form. Below is a listing outlining what each audition consists of, and what students will need to be prepared to do.


Dance

  • Time Commitment: 45 Min. to an hour depending on grade level

  • Clothing: Students should wear clothes they can move comfortably in, such as shorts & t-shirt or dance attire (girls - leotard, etc. if they want). Either choice is fine for the audition! Students will dance barefoot for the audition.

  • Materials Needed: None

  • Required Preparations: None

The dancers will be auditioned in groups and will be asked to learn sequences. They will be judged on how quickly they can pick up movement, musicality and efficiency. The dancers will not be asked to show a “solo,” but to come and have a good time!


Drama

  • Time Commitment: approximately 1 hour

  • Clothing: Comfortable clothes

  • Materials Needed: None

  • Required Preparations: Elementary students: None, Middle School: A short piece will be sent to you

Students will be sent audition instructions after the nomination deadline. Students auditioning for the elementary program will audition in a group setting, and will engage in group playmaking. No preparation is required. Students auditioning for the Middle School program will also audition in a group setting, but will be sent a short passage to prepare in advance of the audition. The auditions for all levels will be conducted like a workshop. Students should dress comfortably so that they can move easily, and do not need to bring anything with them.


Strings

  • Time Commitment: 15 Min.

  • Clothing: Comfortable clothes

  • Materials Needed: None

  • Required Preparations:

Beginner (Grades 3-4)

Students auditioning for the Beginner level of the ARMES string program aren’t required to have previous experience playing a musical instrument. This level focuses on teaching the fundamentals of string playing in a group class environment. Students will choose to play either violin, viola, or cello. Audition requirements for this level are listed below

  • Imitate a given rhythm - A teacher will clap a short rhythmic excerpt and have the student clap it back

  • Sing a given melody - A teacher will sing a few short melodies and have the student sing them back

  • Listen to a short melody and answer some questions - Identify if the melody goes up or down in pitch

  • Sing a short song of students choice - Can be any song the student is comfortable with

Intermediate (Grades 4-6)

Students interested in the Intermediate level of the ARMES string program are required to have at least one year of study on a string instrument. Students are required to audition on the instrument they have studied. This level focuses on more advanced techniques and playing in a large ensemble setting. The Audition requirements are listed below.

  • One prepared piece (Recommended Suzuki book 2-3 level)

  • 2 octave scale: G major (violin) or C major (viola/cello)

  • One sight-reading excerpt will be asked

Advanced (Grades 6-8)

Students auditioning for the Advanced level are required to have at least 1-2 years of study on a string instrument. Auditioning students are required to audition on the instrument they have studied. This level focuses on advanced techniques, playing in a large ensemble, and playing in a chamber ensemble. The audition requirements are listed below.

  • One prepared piece (Recommended Suzuki book 3-4 level)

  • A three octave scale. Your may choose any major or minor scale

  • One sight-reading excerpt will be asked


Visual Art

  • Time Commitment: 60 min.

  • Clothing: Comfortable clothes that are easily washed

  • Materials Needed: None

  • Required Preparations: None

Students applying for visual art will be auditioned in groups in a setting that mimics an art class. Each student will be asked to do two different drawings while working with an artist/teacher. The first drawing will be from a still life and will show something of the students technical ability. The second drawing will be done from the student's imagination in response to a specific prompt. This drawing will show more of the student's creative ability. The entire process takes a little over an hour and all necessary materials will be provided. Portfolios will not be viewed. Please notify the instructor at least two weeks in advance if accommodations are necessary for the audition.


Writing

  • Time Commitment: 1 Hour

  • Clothing: Comfortable clothes

  • Materials Needed: Computer with Internet Access

  • Required Preparations: None

2021-2022 ARMES Writing auditions will be all-virtual. Specific details are forthcoming. No portfolios or previous work will be viewed. Notify the instructor at least two (2) weeks in advance if accommodations (computer, time modifications, etc.) are necessary for the audition.