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


Orchestra Audition Requirements

  1. Perform the following scales in at least two octaves. Tempo should be Quarter Note = 96-120 bm
  2. MAJOR: C, G, D, A, F and B flat

    Melodic or Harmonic Minor: a, e, b, d, g

  3. Perform two short (2 minutes or less) prepared pieces of contrasting styles that best represent the student’s current skill level and musicianship. Partial selection of a longer piece is suitable.
    • Pieces do not need to be memorized but must be well-prepared
    • A piano will be available if the student wishes to provide an accompanist
    • The student must provide a copy of each selection for the judges
  4. Perform a sight reading selection for the judges

Harp Audition Requirements

  1. Interview. Be prepared to answer questions regarding your
    1. background with harp performance and private lesson experience
    2. specific interests in our program
    3. current musical skills
  2. Audition
    1. Perform two prepared pieces of contrasting styles that best represent your current skill level
    2. Provide a printed copy of each selection for the panel
    3. Sight-read a short piece of music