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

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 ( 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.

In-Person Audition for Music Technology will be

Saturday January 15th, 2022

Audition letters with the audition date and time will be sent electronically by December 20th.

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

Music Technology Audition Requirements

Before Audition Day

  1. Create and Submit Original Music
    1. Create an original piece of music of at least 30 seconds in length. It may be produced using any program such as
      • notation software (Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, etc.)
      • digital audio workstation (GarageBand, ProTools, FL Studio, etc.)
      • any other digital audio recorder (voice recording apps)
    2. Submit PDF and/or audio file/s to
      • Project files (.mus, .musx, .band, .logicx, .mid, etc.) are not accepted
      • All files must be submitted via the link above before entering Colgan High School on audition day if auditions are in person. Additional guidance will be provided if auditions are virtual

    On Audition Day

  2. Perform
    1. Perform approximately one minute of music that best showcases your abilities. Audition on a band or orchestra instrument, voice, or piano. Examples of what you could perform include
      • an original song, playing and singing
      • solo piece on your band or orchestra instrument, voice, or piano
      • a piece you wrote for your instrument
    2. Sight-read a short piece of music on your band or orchestra instrument, voice, or piano

Other Information

  • The following equipment will be available for students to use during their audition (if in person auditions are held.)
    • grand piano
    • guitar and bass amplifiers (for students accompanying their own voice)
    • xylophone
    • snare drum
  • Performances will be evaluated based on criteria that match the student’s ensemble. For example, a student playing flute would be evaluated using the band audition rubric; a student singing would be evaluated using the chorus audition rubric, etc. To see a detailed breakdown of how all rubrics are calibrated equally, see the “Music Technology Scoring Worksheet” on the CFPA website.

Music Technology Audition Rubric

Original Music Rubric

Aesthetic Appeal


Does not present an effective general impression. Musical ideas are mostly incoherent.


Includes at least one interesting musical idea. Yet, the overall impression is not effective


Includes some interesting musical ideas. The general impression is moderately effective. and convincing.


Strong aesthetic appeal and general impression. Includes convincing and compelling ideas.



Musical idea is familiar. No variety or exploration of musical elements (range, timbre, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, melody)


Musical idea is neither familiar. However, there is no development, variety, or exploration of musical elements.


Involves some original aspect(s) or manipulation(s) of musical idea(s). Explores and varies at least one musical element.


Includes very original, unusual or imaginative musical ideas. Explores and varies at least two musical elements.

Convincing Artistry


Gives no sense of a completed musical idea. Exhibits no clear beginning, middle or end section. Form appears random rather than organized. Musical elements (range, timbre, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, melody) do not connect well or are not used to organize musical ideas or the form.


Presents one complete musical idea. However, lacks overall completeness. Fails to use musical elements to organize musical ideas or form.


Ending feels final. Uses at least one musical element to organize the musical ideas and overall form.


Presents at least one complete musical idea. Has a coherent and organized form with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Uses musical elements to organize ideas or form.