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 Vocal Music 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


Vocal Music Audition Requirements

  1. Students will participate in a 10 minute group warm up session if in person auditions are held. Students will be led by Ms. Staley and they will work through vocal warm ups, aural echo skills and learn a part song by ear.
  2. Students must prepare approximately one minute of a song from “Pathways to Song: Volume 1” (low or high voice) or one of the selections listed below from “24 Italian Art Songs and Arias” (any key).
  3. *Caro Mio Ben

    *Sebben Crudele

    *Se Tu M’ami

    *Gai Sole del Gange

    *Per la Gloria

     

    Both scores may be found in local music stores. Students must be prepared to sing their choice from memory and must provide the piano sheet music at the time of the audition. Copies are acceptable. An accompanist will be provided, or you may bring your own, if in person auditions are held. If virtual, students can record the accompaniment and sing along with the recording. Students are responsible for their own accompaniment in this case. Please clearly mark the one minute excerpts in the scores you bring for the judges and accompanists. Post-performance, the judges may provide vocal coaching and a brief range testing.

    *** Please note that the exact audition type- in person or virtual has not been determined yet due to Covid restrictions. We will post more information on format as the date approaches and we receive more information from the CDC.

  4. Students will sight read eight measures. The sight reading will be step-wise, range from do-la, start and end on Do, and consist of eighth notes and quarter notes. The sight reading will be presented in the key of Eb or C, however, the student may ask for a different starting pitch if needed. If students would like a different starting pitch they should be prepared to request the new key of their choice. Common choices include: Bb, Ab, F and G.

Vocal Audition Rubric

Vocal Part

Vocal Quality

Healthy Tone, Focus, and Breath Management

(20-17)

Proper Tone production in all ranges and dynamic levels

(16-13)

Proper Tone production in most ranges and dynamic levels

(12-8)

Tone production is inconsistent across ranges and dynamic levels

(7-4)

Elements of proper tone production are seldom present

(3-1)

Proper tone production is not evident

Intonation

Note Accuracy and Intonation

(20-17)

Pitches are correct and well centered

(16-13)

Pitches are correct but not always centered

(12-8)

Inconsistent note accuracy and intonation

(7-4)

Numerous inaccuracies in notes and intonations

(3-1)

Undeveloped intonation and incorrect pitches

Rhythmic Accuracy

Tempo precision

(20-17)

Rhythms are correct, tempo is maintained in a musical manner

(16-13)

Almost all rhythms are correct. One or two errors, tempo is maintained

(12-8)

Inconsistent rhythmic accuracy, tempo deviates from metronome marking

(7-4)

Numerous inaccuracies in rhythm, tempo widely varies from metronome marking

(3-1)

Incorrect rhythm throughout piece, tempo widely varies from metronome marking

Interpretation

Phrasing, Dynamics, Style

(20-17)

Outstanding artistic phrasing, dynamics and style

(16-13)

Consistent use of appropriate phrasing, dynamics and style

(12-8)

Inconsistencies in use of expressive elements

(7-4)

Numerous phrasing dynamic and stylistic inaccuracies

(3-1)

Undeveloped expressive elements

Diction

Vowels and Consonants

(10-9)

Expressive use of the elements of diction with excellent vowel placement

(8-7)

Consistent use of elements of diction, minor problems in vowel placement

(6-5)

Inconsistent application of the elements of diction & vowel placement

(4-3)

Minimal application of the elements of diction, poor vowel placement

(2-1)

Undeveloped diction & very poor vowel placement

Sight Reading

Rhythm, Pitches, Tempo, and Tonic Accuracy

(10-9)

Pitches and rhythms are correct. Tempo is steady. Tonic stays as pitched

(8-7)

Tonic is mostly steady. Pitches and rhythms are mostly accurate

(6-5)

Inconsistent rhythms, pitches. Tempo changes or too slow.

(4-3)

Over half pitches and rhythms incorrect. Inconsistent tempo

(2-1)

Numerous incorrect pitches and rhythms. Lost tonic