Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School

Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Audition Packet 2022-23

Applications can be found on the PWCS Speciality Programs website at pwcs.edu/specialtyprograms

To Get Started

  • Click on Application Process beginning November 1
  • To receive an audition for Colgan's Specialty program you must select Colgan as First Choice
  • Online applications for Colgan High School must be submitted by December 14th before 11:59 pm

Important Note: On the application you must make Colgan Center for Fine and Performing Arts your #1 choice.

Due to the high number of applicants, we can only schedule auditions for students who make Colgan their primary choice. If you are interested in the IT program at Forest Park, you can choose that as your second choice. If you are not chosen for Colgan, your name will be still entered in the lottery for your second choice.

Applicants for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts will:

  1. Complete the online application and submit it ONLINE
  2. Students only use your PWCS email (@pwcs-edu.org) on the application
  3. Participate in an audition or portfolio overview
  4. Upload signed enrollment agreement to specialty programs county website
  5. Upload the completed qualifications form to specialty programs county website
  6. Dress appropriately for the virtual audition. Music Visual Art and Creative Writing students should dress professionally. Theatre and Dance students should dress comfortably for movement. (proper dance attire for dancers).
  7. Participate in the audition on the date and time given to you. You will receive this information in a letter in December via email after applications have been processed.

Audition Submissions due January 5th 2022 before 11:59 pm

In-person Auditions scheduled for a

Saturday January 2022 at Colgan High School

Audition letters will be sent electronically before Winter Break by central office along with the enrollment and qualifications forms for auditions

Prince William County Public Schools Division does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, veteran status or disability


Band Music Audition Requirements

Rising 9th graders: Wind Instrument

  1. Major Scales (20% of total score)
  2. Perform the following major scales from memory: Concert B flat, E flat, A flat, C and F. (horns only do not perform C concert scale as it cannot be played within the range requirement)

  3. Chromatic Scale (20% of total score)
  4. (minimum of one octave) Must be memorized and played slurred ascending and tongued descending. Required ranges are listed below

    Flute/Piccolo

    flute

    Oboe

    oboe

    Basoon

    basoon

    Bb Clarinet

    Bb clarinet

    Bass Contra Clarient

    bass contra clarinet

    Alto/Tenor/Bari Sax

    alto tenor baritone sax

    Trumpet TC Baritone

    trumpet tc baritone

    Horn

    Horn

    Trombone/BC Baritone

    Trombone BC Baritone

    Tuba

    Tuba

    Xylophone

    Xylophone
  5. Prepared Etude (30% of total score):
  6. The required etude for your instrument is the VBODA required etude for your instrument. You can acquire this music form your instrumental teacher, or contact Mr. Magee at mageeDE@pwcs.edu to get a copy

  7. Perform a sight reading selection provided by the judges (30% of total score)
  8. Students are given one sight-reading exercise. Students are given 30 seconds to study the exercise prior to performing.

Percussion Instruments for students from middle schools (rising 9th graders)

  1. Major Scales (20% of total score)
  2. Perform the following major scales with mallets : Concert A flat, B flat, E flat, C and F

  3. Perform 6 rudiments on snare drum (20% of total score)
  4. Long roll, 5 stroke roll, 7 stroke roll, ruff, flam, paradiddle. Play each rudiment for 15 seconds, use open-close-open method and these rudiments are to be memorized.

  5. Prepared Etude (30% of total score)
  6. The required etude for your instrument is the VBODA etude. You can acquire this music form your instrumental teacher, or contact Mr. Magee at mageeDE@pwcs.edu to get a copy.

  7. Perform a sight reading selection provided by the judges (30% of total score)
  8. Students are given one sight-reading exercise. Students are given 30 seconds to study the exercise prior to performing.

Rising 10th and 11th graders- Winds and Percussion Instruments

  1. Major Scales (20% of total score) Please note the following scale requirements:
    1. All major scales are required and must be memorized
    2. Scales are called by KEY NAME, not CONCERT PITCH
    3. Scales are to be played in as many complete octaves as possible on the instrument except for percussionists.
    4. Articulation is legato tongue up and down.
    5. Tempo is MM = 100 for wind players, MM = 160 for percussionists.
    6. The following rhythm pattern will be used for all octaves: quarter note (tonic) followed by eighth notes

    Snare Drum: This section is used for rudimental score. Rudiments will be selected from the Percussive Arts Society Standard 26 Rudiments. Each rudiment will have a 15 second time limit and should be played open to closed. Students may use their own snare drum or one provided by the audition site.

    Timpani: This section is used to evaluate tuning skills. Students may use a pitch pipe, tuning fork, or mallet instrument as a pitch source. Students are allowed 45 seconds for tuning and study of the sight-reading.

  2. Chromatic Scale (20% of total score) Please note the following scale requirements:
  3. Slur ascending, tongued descending (except trombones and percussion). Instruments play their chromatic scale in sixteenth notes at the tempo given below. (Quarter note = one beat) All tempos given are the required MINIMUM; students may play faster.

    1. Piccolo: D below staff to altissimo C (2 octaves + 7th) MM = 120
    2. Flute: C below staff to altissimo C (3 octaves) MM = 120
    3. Oboe: C below staff to E above high C (2 octaves + 3rd) MM = 120
    4. English Horn: C below staff to D above staff (2 octaves + 2nd) MM = 120
    5. Bassoon: Bb below staff to high Bb one octave above staff (3 octaves) MM = 96
    6. Eb Clarinet: Same as Bb Clarinet (see below)
    7. Bb Clarinet: E below staff to G above high C (3 octaves + 3rd) MM = 120
    8. Bass Clarinet: E below staff to C above the staff (2 octaves + 6th) MM = 120
    9. Contra Clarinet: E below staff to G# above staff (2 octaves + 3rd) MM = 96
    10. Alto Saxophone: Bb below staff to F above staff (2 octaves + 5th); hold high F for two counts prior to descending. MM = 120
    11. Tenor Saxophone: Same as Alto Saxophone (see above)
    12. Baritone Saxophone: Same as Alto Saxophone (see above) MM = 96
    13. Cornet/Trumpet: G below staff to C above staff (2 octaves + 4th) MM = 120
    14. Horn: F below staff to Bb above staff MM = 120
    15. Tenor Trombone: Low F to 4th ledger line Bb (2 octaves + 5th); legato tongue ascending, staccato tongue descending. MM = 96
    16. Bass Trombone: C below staff to F above staff (2 octaves + 4th); legato tongue ascending, staccato tongue descending. MM = 96
    17. Euphonium TC: G below staff to C above staff (2 octaves + 4th) MM = 120
    18. Euphonium BC: Low F to 4th ledger line Bb (2 octaves + 5th ) MM = 120
    19. Tuba: Lowest F to highest Bb (2 octaves + 4th) MM = 112
    20. Mallets: 3 octaves ONLY; minimum tempo MM = 144
    21. Snare Drum: Long roll (30 second time limit), concert roll, sustained sound, pp-ff-pp (15 second time limit)
  4. Prepared Etude (30% of total score)
  5. Students perform the prepared etude for their instrument as posted on the VBODA website. You can acquire this music form your instrumental teacher, or contact Mr. Magee at mageeDE@pwcs.edu to get a copy.

  6. Sight-Reading (30% of total score)
  7. Students are given one sight-reading exercise. Students are given 30 seconds to study the exercise prior to performing.