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.

In-Person Audition for Orchestra will be

Saturday January 8th, 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


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

Orchestra Audition Rubric

Prepared Piece

Tone

Superior (30-25)

Consistent characteristic, focused, full, rich, controlled sound in all ranges and registers.

Excellent (24-19)

Frequently displays characteristic, focused, full, rich, controlled sound in most ranges and registers.

Good (18-13)

Occasionally displays characteristic, focused, full, rich, controlled sound in most ranges and registers.

Fair (12-7)

Elements of proper tone production are seldom evident.

Poor (6-1)

Proper tone production is not present.

Intonation

Superior (20-17)

Pitches are correct, well centered. No adjustments are needed.

Excellent (16-13)

Pitches are frequently correct and adjustments are made quickly

Good (12-9)

Inconsistent note accuracy. Little adjustment made.

Fair (8-5)

Numerous inaccuracies in intonation.

Poor (4-1)

Undeveloped concept of intonation or pitch awareness.

Note Accuracy

Superior (10-9)

Consistently performs all notes accurately.

Excellent (8-7)

Frequently performs notes accurately.

Good (6-5)

Occasionally performs notes accurately.

Fair (4-3)

Does not perform notes accurately.

Poor (2-1)

Does not demonstrate understanding of the notes.

Musicianship

Superior (10-9)

Demonstrates consistent understanding and use of phrasing and dynamics, as it relates to style and musicianship

Excellent (8-7)

Demonstrates frequent use of phrasing and dynamics, as it relates to style and musicianship.

Good (6-5)

Demonstrates occasional use of phrasing and dynamics, as it relates to style and musicianship.

Fair (4-3)

Rarely demonstrates use of phrasing and dynamics, as it relates to style and musicianship.

Poor (2-1)

Does not demonstrate understanding of phrasing and dynamics, as it relates to style and musicianship.

Bowings

Superior (10-9)

Consistently performs each section with appropriate and designated bowings.

Excellent (8-7)

Frequently performs sections with appropriate and designated bowings.

Good (6-5)

Occasionally performs sections with appropriate and designated bowings.

Fair (4-3)

Rarely performs sections with appropriate and designated bowings.

Poor (2-1)

Does not perform sections with appropriate and designated bowings.

Rhythm

Superior (10-9)

Consistently performs all rhythms accurately.

Excellent (8-7)

Frequently performs rhythms accurately.

Good (6-5)

Occasionally performs rhythms accurately.

Fair (4-3)

Does not perform rhythms accurately.

Poor (2-1)

Does not demonstrate understanding of rhythms.

Tempo

Superior (10-9)

Consistently maintains accurate and designated tempo.

Excellent (8-7)

Frequently maintains accurate and designated tempo.

Good (6-5)

Occasionally maintains accurate and designated tempo.

Fair (4-3)

Rarely maintains accurate and designated tempo.

Poor (2-1)

Does not demonstrate understanding of steady tempo.

Sight Reading

Technique and Rhythm

Superior (30-25)

Consistently meets right hand technical demands and left hand dexterity with precision. Performs all rhythms accurately.

Excellent (24-19)

Frequently meets right hand technical demands and left hand dexterity with precision. Performs most rhythms accurately.

Good (18-13)

Occasionally meets right hand technical demands and left hand dexterity with precision. Performs some rhythms accurately.

Fair (12-7)

Rarely meets right hand technical demand, most bowings not accurate. Contains many incorrect notes and rhythms.

Poor (6-1)

Does not meet right or left hand demands. Does not demonstrate understanding of rhythmic counting.

Music and Tempo

Superior (20-17)

Outstanding artistic phrasing and dynamics. Great attention to detail, particularly in articulation and style. Consistent tempo.

Excellent (16-13)

Consistent use of phrasing and dynamics. Some attention to detail in articulation and style. Maintains relatively steady tempo

Good (12-9)

Inconsistent use of phrasing and dynamics. Little attention to detail in articulation and style. Maintains relatively steady tempo.

Fair (8-5)

Numerous inaccuracies in dynamics. No attention to detail in articulation and style. Does not maintain steady tempo.

Poor (4-1)

Does not demonstrate understanding of dynamics, articulation and style or tempo.