2023/2024 School Year Audition Information

Time Line:

December 1 - January 27: Application is open through BACKPACK. All students, in and out of district, must apply through BACKPACK. A separate application must be filled out for each art discipline applied for.

Due by Feb 3: Students will submit a Pre-screen video via a Google Form emailed to you by Danielle Knox. The Google Form will be sent to applicants as they apply and must be completed by February 3rd to be considered for the Final Round of auditions (callbacks). See Below for Pre-screen requirements.

by February 17: E-mail notification to those who advance to final callbacks.

February 25 & March 4th: Final Callbacks (you will be scheduled for one of the audition days)

March 29th: Results released to all applicants via BACKPACK



Video Recording of 1 Vocal Selection-

1. The 1 song must be chosen from the standard Classical Repertoire (art song or folk song) OR from the standard Musical Theatre Repertoire. You are only required to sing 1 song for the video pre-screen. Please pick something that shows off your range and performance skills. Pick a song that fits your voice and that shows your personality.

2. The Selection MUST be memorized.

3. The selection must have accompaniment (piano track, backing track from YouTube, or live accompanist in video). If you can not find an accompaniment for your piece, please e-mail

4. Please introduce yourself at the beginning of the video. Ex:

“Hi my name is___________ and I will be performing (Title of song)”

5. Please check your video for sound. Dress appropriately for the video as if it were the real audition. Make sure you are videoing yourself straight on (not from an angle). Please stand while you are singing your piece. Please video yourself from the knees up. Your full torso should be in the shot. Check for sound balance prior to submitting. Make sure the accompaniment track is not too loud or overpowering your singing. Most of all, have fun and show your personality.

Example of Classical Art Song: (Anything from the 24 Italian Art Song & Arias book or an English Folk Song Arrangement Book)

  1. "Caro mio ben" by Giordani * Can be sung in Italian or English

Caro Mio Ben Accompaniment Track (C major)

Caro Mio Ben Sheet Music (low key)

Example of Musical Theatre Song: (Anything from a Broadway Musical, Jr. Musical, Disney Musical/Movie, or Movie Musical is acceptable)

  1. "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music

Edelweiss Sheet Music

Edelweiss Accompaniment Track

  1. "Wouldn't it be loverly" from My Fair Lady

Wouldn't It Be Loverly Sheet Music

Wouldn't It Be Loverly Accompaniment Track

Example of Pre-Screen

Claire Shirley, Junior FAC Voice Studio

Things to think about when doing the pre-screen-

  1. Pick a song you are excited about singing that fits the audition requirements and shows off your voice.

  2. Find an accompaniment track for your song. You can ask an accompanist to play for you or you can find a track online. Performance of piece must be memorized.

  3. Set up camera (phone cameras are great for this) so that you are filming yourself from the knees up. Not too far away. Your torso should be in the shot. Make sure the angle of the camera is straight on (not from below or above).

  4. Pick a place in your house that is free from distraction. A Blank wall is preferable but if you do not have a blank wall to film in front of, pick a spot that doesn't distract from your performance.

  5. Lighting- look at your video and make sure the lighting is so that your face is seen clearly.

  6. Sound- do a rehearsal video to test for sound. Making sure that your voice can be heard clearly. The accompaniment track and voice must be balanced.

  7. Have fun! We are not looking for perfection. The panel is looking for talent, personality, musicality, and love of the music.

Final Round (call Backs):

Students will be notified about Pre-Screen results via e-mail. Call backs will be scheduled on February 25th or March 4th. Information on what to prepare for call backs (TBD). Thank you so much!