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 or bring the form to the audition
  5. Upload the completed qualifications form to specialty programs county website or bring the form to the audition
  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 Piano 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


Piano Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare and perform two pieces of contrasting styles that best represent your current skill level (preferably by memory)
  2. Provide a printed copy of each selection for the panel
  3. Sight-read a short piece of music
  4. Play a 2-octave major scale in any key but C
  5. See colganpiano.org for a list frequently asked questions about the audition process

See ColganPiano.org for a list of frequently asked questions about the audition process

Piano Audition Rubric

Piano

rubric will be applied to prepared piece #1, prepared piece #2, and sight reading

Execution

5

The student plays all notes and rhythms with logical fingerings and steady or appropriate tempi.

4

The student plays with few errors in fingering, notes, rhythm, and tempo.

3

The student plays with numerous errors in fingering, notes, and inappropriately fluctuating tempo.

2

The student plays with many errors in fingering, notes, rhythm, and stops and starts.

1

The student rarely plays notes and rhythm with appropriate fingers and often starts and stops

Interpretation

5

The student exhibits an exemplary level of musical expression

4

The student exhibits a high level of musical expression with some inconsistencies

3

The student performs with a moderate level of musical expression

2

The student performs with an unconvincing level of musical expression

1

The student does not perform with any sense of musical expression

Flexibility

5

The student consistently plays with physical flexibility and well-placed fingers

4

The student plays mostly with physical flexibility and well-placed fingers

3

The student plays with stiffness and poorly-placed fingers

2

The student plays with stiffness and inappropriate finger placement

1

The student’s physicality is inflexible and not conducive to playing