AUDITIONS INFO & SCHEDULES
for audition-in performing arts classes in the 2020-2021 school year
Advance Placement Auditions for Dance Class
Beginning Dance, Beginning Dance I-A, and African, Latin, Hip-Hop Dance are open to all students with no audition. Students with prior experience who are interested in auditioning for the Intermediate or Advanced Dance classes can come to one of the two audition dates. Please read the information here below, and if you have any questions, please email Ms. Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the audition, students will be guided through a center floor warm-up, across the floor phrases, and a short routine. The audition is a group audition, with all students working together at the same time. Please come dressed in dance clothing, ready to move. You do not need to sign up for the audition, you can simply choose one of the dates to attend. You will need to attend the whole audition time.
Advanced Chamber Orchestra Auditions:
Orchestra (for violin, viola, cello and upright bass students) is open to all student with experience playing their instrument with no audition. Concert Band is open to all all wind, brass and percussion students with experience playing on their instrument with no audition. Advanced Chamber Orchestra is open to string,
woodwind, brass and percussion students by audition. Please allow extra time to tune and warm up before
Auditions are approximately 6 minutes long and will take place:
Sign up for a time using this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Kqa7MJ7UC0d2XIoxMF3hZrxHMckHishhBitjcx8xcg0/edit?usp=sharing), and please be careful not to erase anyone else's info. If you absolutely can't make one of these times, or if you have any questions, please contact Nina Bishop at email@example.com
Students should prepare the following:
Music Collective (jazz/improvisation & more) Auditions:
Jazz/Rock ensemble is open to all students with some instrument experience, Drumming & World Music is open to all students. 10th through 12th graders with instrument experience are welcome to audition for our the Music Collective.
The BHS Music Collective is an audition only ensemble that is one of the top ensembles in the instrumental music program at BHS. The ensemble is open to any instrumentalist(we are not a traditional big band). The group has performed concerts for The Boston Music Society and The Highland Jazz Society. The Collective has received awards at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, and recently the ensemble was mentioned in the Music Educators Journal in an article that applauded collaborative ensembles in the 21st century public music classroom. Although most members are juniors and seniors, all current members auditioned as either incoming freshman or rising sophomores; they might not have been accepted as 9th/10th graders into the music collective but they did take either the jazz-rock ensemble or concert band to develop their skills. All current members then re auditioned and were accepted either as sophomores or juniors. I mention the above so that you will not feel intimidated by the audition requirements below and that YOU COME AND AUDITION EVEN IF YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU ARE NOT 100% prepared. We spend most of the audition performing music and the theory exam is just a small part.
The audition is an ensemble audition and students will work together for the hour.
● Monday, February 24 or Wednesday, February 26 at 3pm in the band room (room 120 past the cafeteria)
● Pick one day to attend and sign your name on the list below UNDER THE CORRECT DAY or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring:
The actual audition will last 15 minutes and consist of:
ALL SHOULD KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE HEAD AND SOLO OVER THE song Doxy by Sonny Rollins (Please use the lead sheet i am providing)
Guitar/piano-should also know how to play the chords Bass-should know how to walk a bass line as well.
Drummers be able to solo over the form and play with recording of song.
No need to prepare a selection except the song above. This audition will be an opportunity to hear how well you work given prompts and direction and your ability to improvise and be creative.
February 12, 13, 26 and 27
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
BHS Chorus Room 324
Concert Choir is open to all students with no audition. A cappella Choir is open to 10th through 12th graders with no audition.
Auditions for both A cappella Choir (for 9th graders) and Camerata (for all students) will be held on February 12, 13, 26, and 27 from 3pm–5:30pm in the BHS chorus room (room 324). Students sign up for a specific 8-minute audition time. To sign up for an audition day and time, please email Dr. Driscoll at email@example.com.
The audition includes singing a song (‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ or ‘Happy Birthday’), singing scales to test for vocal range, sight-singing, and a written test of music notation knowledge.
Needs Improvment & BETCo Auditions
Drama I, Drama I-A and the Theater of Hip-Hop are open to all students with no audition. Students who want to learn about and experience what a Drama class at Brookline High is like, are encouraged to attend an open Drama class on Thursday, February 27, from 3pm to 4pm in the Brookline High School Auditorium.
10th and 11th graders who have completed at least one and a half credits of Drama may audition for Needs Improvment or BETCo. (Brookline Educational Theater Company).
Auditions will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Students only need to come to one audition day and do not need to prepare anything.
For questions, contact Mark VanDerzee at firstname.lastname@example.org