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Audition Requirements

These requirements are taken directly from the newly developed NYCDOE Audition Tool.

The link to this tool is available beneath the description of each program in the myschools app.

 

DANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

Prepare and submit two (2) recorded audition videos described below. Video 1: Learn and record yourself performing one of the pre-recorded solos of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, or West African dance from the video library below. This dance video will be used to assess the following dance components: replication of dance steps, following direction, musicality, coordination, flexibility, expression. Record so that your full body and movement is shown. You can access the pre-recorded dances and music to the dances . Video 2: Prepare and record a video of yourself performing a 30 second - 60 second solo in any style of dance with which you feel most comfortable. This may include but is not limited to Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, Theater Dance, or West African. This dance video is to assess the following dance components: creativity, musicality, coordination, flexibility, expression. Record so that your full body and movement is shown. Schools may invite you to “call backs” for virtual on-demand tasks.

 

DRAMA/THEATER REQUIREMENTS

 

Prepare and submit separate uploads of two contrasting monologues. You are also encouraged to upload a musical theater song if interested. Please note that a musical theater song is required for musical theater programs at the noted (*) musical theater programs. At the beginning of each video, before performing, briefly introduce yourself by providing the following information:  • Your full name • Your OSIS student ID# • Why you chose your monologue or song (30 seconds or less) • State the name of the character portrayed and the full title of the play or source for your monologue or song Video #1 and #2: MONOLOGUES Memorize, perform, and upload two contrasting, one-minute monologues. For example, dramatic/comedic, classical/contemporary, or theater/film. Choose relatable characters and decide to whom your characters are talking and why. You may choose your own monologues to perform but are welcome to review and select monologues from this sample monologues library

NOTE: You may also choose to memorize and perform a musical theater song to be considered for theater programs that include drama and musical theater. A musical theater song is REQUIRED for noted (*) musical theater programs. Video #3: MUSICAL THEATER SONG* Perform and upload 16 bars (or approximately 1 minute) of a memorized song of any genre. Musical theater songs are encouraged, however pop and R&B songs are acceptable. Songs can be performed with live or recorded accompaniment or without music ‘a capella.’  Choose a song performed by a relatable character and decide to whom your character is singing and why. You may select your own musical theater song to perform but are welcome to review and select from this sample musical theater song library  Call Backs: Schools may invite and schedule individual student call backs for live virtual interviews, musical theater songs, dance and/or other on-demand tasks and school specific requirements.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

 

Prepare and submit BOTH videos specified below. Video #1: Perform ONE prepared solo selection without accompaniment. Playing without accompaniment means playing by yourself without a track or additional instruments. • Select a piece you feel confident performing that shows your skill level and musicality. • Individual school websites may include suggested lists of repertoire and/or model audition videos to guide you in preparing your audition video.  Before playing, briefly introduce yourself, and provide the following information: • Your name • Your Student ID# (OSIS #) • What is your favorite thing about playing your instrument? (30 seconds or less) • Title of the piece you will be playing

Video #2: Perform ONE scale of your choice at a tempo (speed) you find comfortable. • This is another opportunity for reviewers to learn more about how: • low and how high you can play. • comfortably and quickly you can move from note to note. • clean and precise your playing is. • well you are able to play in tune.  • well you know what notes make up your selected scale.  • playing the correct notes is most important.  Before playing, briefly introduce yourself, and provide the following information: • Your name • Your Student ID# (OSIS#) For help preparing a scale or if you do not know what a scale is, please see these video tutorials and examples 

 

VOCAL MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

 

Prepare a video recording that includes ALL parts listed below. Before singing, briefly introduce yourself. Please provide the following information: • Your name. • Your Student ID# (OSIS#) • What is your favorite thing about singing? (30 seconds or less) • Title of the song you will be singing.  Perform ONE prepared solo selection without accompaniment. Singing without accompaniment means singing by yourself without a track or pianist. • Select a song you feel confident performing that shows your skill level and musicality. • Individual school websites may include suggested lists of repertoire and/or model audition videos to guide you in preparing your audition video.  Individual schools may hold “callbacks” and request that you attend an individual online appointment to perform additional music tasks, for example, singing back melodic patterns and vocal phrases, tapping back rhythmic patterns, performing basic vocal technique (singing) exercises.  

  

**** ALL CANDIDATES MUST USE THE AUDITION TOOL TO SUBMIT VIDEOS. FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS.

 

Thank you.

 

Thomas Oberle

Assistant Principal, Arts and Business

Fort Hamilton High School

(718) 748-1537 ext. 1122